Budgeting Your Time. Waste not, want not.
It happens to many people as they seem to have all the time needed at the start of their day to get everything accomplished, only to stay late at work or see how late it is getting with things still to do that have not been addressed.
For most people, solving the issue of getting all you want to be accomplished is not a matter of working longer, but of budgeting your time correctly so that everything is done according to schedule. You may be surprised at how you use your time when it is not properly budgeted.
Write Down Your Plan
Before you go to bed, quickly jot down everything that needs to be accomplished the next day. This should only take a few moments so you can transfer what needs to be done from your head to the reality of paper or your mobile device. This will help you see and understand better the tasks that need to be performed for the day.
Estimated Time of Completion
The next morning before you start on your tasks, write down your schedule of completion for each one. Remember, be realistic in terms of how much time it will take to accomplish so you are not rushing yourself. Once you have made the estimates if they take more time than you have allocated remove the ones that do not have to be done today until you’re back on schedule. Remember, if you get done early with what is on your list, you can then add one or more tasks. Pull tasks from the list that needed to be removed earlier in the week or tasks that will need to be done in the future and complete your day with them.
One reason why so many people do not get everything they want to be accomplished is that the things that waste their time every day. Surfing the web and checking on social media posts are two common time-wasting activities. However, you can still engage in them if you allocate enough time to get what you need to be done. So, when you complete one task early, reward yourself by spending five minutes or so surfing the web.
Take Pre-Scheduled Breaks
You should put in pre-scheduled breaks during your day and use that to motivate you to complete your tasks on time. Remember, most breaks such as eating and going to the bathroom, for example, are going to happen anyway, so you might as well account for them.
Write Down the Time
Once you have accomplished each task, quickly jot down the time it took you to complete. You may find that many tasks can be completed faster than you thought if you have eliminated the time-wasting activities that held you back before. At the end of the day, look at what you have done and see if that adjusts the time needed for tasks in the future.
The benefits of budgeting your time properly mean that you get more done in less time. This means that you can leave earlier or get more accomplished all within your working day. No more late nights or working overtime for things that could have been done earlier when you properly budget your time.