Here’s How to Change Your Time Management Habits in 2019

December 12, 2018 | 2,548 views

Here’s How to Change Your Time Management Habits in 2019

Here’s How to Change Your Time Management Habits in 2019

Are you notoriously late for meetings or missing deadlines? If so, you probably lack time management skills.

 

Time management is the ability to maximize every minute in your 24-hour day. If you’re struggling to keep up with all you have on your plate, you might want to make a 2019 New Year’s resolution to change your time management habits. Here are a few tips to get you started.

 

1. Do a Self-Audit on How You Spend Your Time

Do you truly know where your time goes? Have you ever looked back over the course of a day or week and thought, where did the time go and what did I get done? If you’re not crystal clear with how you’re spending your days, it’s time to do a time audit.

 

To gauge where exactly your time is going, download a time monitoring software, such as Toggl. Or, invest in a time management device, such as Timeular. By tracking how you spend your days, you’ll get a better understanding of where you’re wasting time and where you’re maximizing your time. After a week, analyze where you can trim away at unnecessary tasks, such as social media newsfeed scrolling, and where you can add more time, such as waking up a half hour early to capitalize on the early morning hours.

 

2. Invest in a Scheduling App

Ever heard the expression, “if it’s not on the schedule, it’s not happening”? There’s a lot of truth to it. As you start to carve out what your days will look like going into the New Year, plan on how you will set your schedule. Will you use an online scheduling app to align your personal schedule with your work schedule? Will you use a paper planner? No matter how you schedule your days, the key is to create a habit of writing down everything, so you never lose sight of where and how you spend your time.

 

3. Plan for the Unexpected

From sickness to car malfunctions, things happen in life to throw you off your schedule all the time. Part of planning smart time management habits is to make a secondary plan for what will happen when things don’t go the way you thought they would.

 

When you’re making your ballpark estimate for how long things will take, give yourself some cushion to account for these inevitable time setbacks. For example, if you’re planning your drive time to a client meeting, give yourself 15 extra minutes to account for traffic. If you’re planning a project, give yourself an extra week buffer to account for sickness or unexpected updates. The better you can plan for the unexpected, the more in control of your time you’ll feel.

 

4. Organize Other Areas of Your Life

As you start to manage your time better, you should also explore organizing other areas of your life. A recent study found that people spend 2.5 days a year looking for lost items. If that sounds like you, or if it sounds like an understatement, it’s a good idea to get more organized so you can save more time in the long run.

 

Time Management Requires Intention

Like any new habit, when it comes to reshaping your time management techniques, you must be intentional about progress. Make a plan and follow through for a minimum of 30 days. Then, re-evaluate where you are and where you can continue to improve.

 

 

Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

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