Hello all you Busy-Bees out there,
Are you also sometimes so stressed that you would like to send your boss an email that only says: “I’m going home now and will cry there”? Then you’ve come to the right place!
As an experienced procrastinator and master at putting off unpleasant tasks, I know the feeling of constantly being on the hunt for lost time.
But don’t panic, because I have good news: We can defeat the time management monster!
Together, we’ll learn how to be more productive, get your priorities right, and even spare a few minutes for a nap. Well, if that’s not a reason to join in!
So, dear office people, grab your coffee and let’s take up the fight against time wasting together!
Time management and self-management are two concepts that are closely related. Both focus on increasing a person’s productivity, reducing stress, and achieving goals effectively. Self-management is about managing yourself, while time management is about managing the time you have available.
Now let’s get down to business:
The 7 best time and self-management techniques:
Prioritizing tasks is essential to effectively manage time and yourself. By focusing on the most critical tasks first, you can avoid wasting time on less important tasks. It also helps reduce stress and increase productivity.
The best method to prioritize tasks is the Eisenhower method. This method is based on distinguishing tasks into four categories: important and urgent, important but not urgent, not important but urgent, and not important and not urgent. By placing each task into one of these categories, you can quickly and easily decide which task to tackle first and which to delegate or even eliminate altogether.
2. time blocking:
Time blocking is a technique in which individuals allocate specific time slots for various tasks. It helps to create a structured schedule, reduce procrastination and improve concentration.
Tip: Write your time blocks directly into the calendar, especially with things that are personally important to you and do not come from outside (meetings, etc.)
Goal setting is an essential aspect of self-management. It creates clarity about what you want to accomplish and helps prioritize tasks accordingly. Goals also act as motivators and provide direction. It is best to visualize your goal with the help of pictures and hang them up clearly visible (keyword vision board).
4. task lists:
Creating a to-do list can help individuals organize their tasks and manage their time effectively. It helps prioritize tasks, prevents important tasks from being forgotten, and provides a sense of accomplishment.
Tip: Use a tool that supports you in this process. We use Click up in business and Todoist (free of charge) in private.
Delegating tasks to others can help you better manage your time and focus on critical tasks. It also provides opportunities for others to learn and grow. This is how delegation can succeed:
- Identify the right tasks.
- Choose the right person.
- Communicate with clear instructions and set clear expectations.
- Feedback and praise for good work.
6. time audit:
Conducting a time audit can help you identify time-wasting activities and make necessary changes. It provides insight into time spent and helps identify areas for improvement. Figure out what you spend how much time on per day and categorize your activities by trends like sleep, exercise, work, social media, etc.
Mindfulness is a technique that helps individuals focus on the present moment. Mindfulness reduces stress, improves concentration and increases productivity.
Tip: Meanwhile, there are many good free apps that you can use to learn mindfulness. We recommend: Insight Timer
The advantages of self-management
The benefits of effective time and self-management techniques are numerous. They help individuals better achieve goals, reduce stress, improve concentration and increase productivity. Effective time and self-management techniques also provide a sense of control, direction, and accomplishment, which can improve self-esteem and self-confidence. In summary, time and self-management are essential for success in personal and professional life.
By applying these seven techniques, individuals can improve their efficiency, reduce stress, and effectively achieve their goals.
Self- and time management at BusinessMind
For effective time management, we use a few helpful tools. To plan and coordinate projects we work with the tool Clickup. With this tool we can schedule to dos and much more.
BusinessMind also offers hands-on self and time management training. Participants have the opportunity to reflect on their own self and time management and learn the best time management techniques within the training. Since time management is an ongoing process that needs to be carefully woven into everyday life, the journey is not over after the training. With a comprehensive workbook and the opportunity to reflect on one’s own time and self-management in a buddy group, learning continues after the training.
If this offer sounds interesting, you are welcome to ask for more detailed information without obligation >>write us an e-mail<< .