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16 EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS TO TRY TODAY

WRITTEN by CHRISSY, LAST UPDATED ON August 16, 2021

& FILED IN Make Your Time Count


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If you’re looking for time management tips then you’re in the right place, as I want to share my top 16 tips with you today. 

I really hope that using one (or all!) of them will help you to take control of how you spend your time a little more.

After all – it’s how we spend our time, and how we manage it that can make all the difference on a daily basis.

So, why not take a look at some of the best ideas I have for how to be clever with your time so that you effectively create more of it to play with – basically it’s a gift of extra time, from me to you – you’re welcome ;o)

16 effective time management tips to try today

There is a word of warning here though, and one that’s all too often forgotten when we start to look at ways to save time and manage time better.

That is – once you have more time, what are you actually going to do with it?

My advice? – don’t let it get sucked into the abyss of general “stuff” – make sure that you really make it count….

That aside – let’s get on with the tips that will help you to really make the most of the time you have – so you can do more of what makes you happy.

#1 – DO THINGS IN GROUPS

There can be a considerable amount of time savings when you group like with like, for example:-

  • Try saving all errands in town for one day each week rather than doing them ad hoc.
  • When cleaning try and do all similar jobs at the same time. For example – hoovering the entire house rather than doing all the cleaning for one room at a time – this saves the time as you only have to set up for each job once rather than once per room.
  • Save filing up and do at the end of the week rather than one document at a time

#2  – MULTITASK WHEN IT’S EASY

Multitasking is known to reduce your effectiveness rather than increase it – as you aren’t concentrating on one thing fully – so why is it in a list of things to improve your time management?

The answer is that there are very valid times throughout the day where multitasking makes perfect sense, and that’s when the tasks you are trying to do together require less brain activity from you.

If you try and do two things at once that require lots of thinking, you will struggle to get either done well, but if you have easy tasks that you do out of habit, then it will save time in a good way.

For example –

  • Listen to an audiobook when driving rather than finding time to sit and read at home
  • Talk to a friend on the phone when you are out for a walk or doing something around the house such as cooking
  • Go for a walk for exercise and catch up with a friend by taking them with you

#3 – PUT EVERYTHING IN YOUR DIARY

Most people use their diary to write down appointments and scheduled activities – which in itself is a perfectly OK way to use your diary of course – but they may well be missing a trick that will help them to make better use of their time.

When writing down appointments, also block out travel and prep time in your diary – this means that you have a real indication of your available and unavailable time at any point.

The available time can then be utilised to get some of your TO DOs out of the way.

This means you are less likely to try and do too much, you are more realistic on what you can achieve in a day, and you are less likely to double book and/or forget something.

EXTRA TIP – Another great way to make use of your diary is to try and group your appointments together. If you are trying to find a time to go to the dentists and you can see you will be in the area on a certain day, it makes sense to try and make your dental appointment fit around this – or what about if you plan to visit a friend in another city and you find that you have to go to that city for a meeting – try to see your friend while you’re there as well!

#4 – KEEP BUSY DURING WAITING TIMES

Try and not have too much dead time in your day – try and keep busy in the pockets of time that you are waiting around to maximise them wherever possible.

The other stuff you manage to get done means that you don’t have to find extra time for them as well. An added bonus is that they won’t all build up to become a huge task mountain by the end of the week either.

  • Unload of the dishwasher while the kettle boils
  • When your bath is running – do some quick exercises
  • Waiting at the doctors? Take some paperwork to get through, or a magazine article you have wanted to read for a while
  • On hold with a company on the phone? – Clean the bathroom surfaces quickly

#5 – KNOW YOUR BODY CLOCK

I am actually writing this post at midnight.

I know – not a very good idea for lots of people who would rather be snuggled up in bed at that time – but it works brilliantly for me. I like working late at night and I tend to be more productive in the wee hours.

Conversely, in the morning my brain tends to wait a few hours before getting into gear.

As such, I do my errands/cleaning/fitness in the mornings where I need less brain power, and work in the afternoons and evenings whenever possible.

If you get to know when you are most productive, you will end up making the most of your time a lot more.

#6 – GET RID OF YOUR TV

If you want to gain more time, a very quick way of doing it is to take away the TV for a while – or at least minimise what you watch.

Most of us watch at least an hour a day (some a lot more), and as such you can make considerable changes to your life by just taking away this one thing for a while, or limiting to just one programme a day for example.

Think about it – just one extra hour a day adds up to 7 hours a week – a full working day for many people…

EXTRA TIP – Make the TV work for you as well – and utilise recorded TV so that you don’t need to waste time watching ads, and you can watch it when you’re ready and not the other way around.

#7 – BE CONSCIOUS OF TIME

Time can all too easily slip away if we don’t keep an eye on it.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have started something that was only meant to last 30 mins and the next thing I know – 2 hours have gone past….. (for lots of people, Facebook and email are real downfalls for this).

The more conscious you are of the time things take you to do, and the time passing – the more you will become aware of when you are wasting time.

A great time management exercise to do is to keep a time diary for a day or so – write down everything you do in that time frame, minute by minute – you will very soon see exactly where your time goes – and you can then go about getting rid of things that you do for no real reason.

{extra reading – 15 TIME WASTERS TO DELETE FROM YOUR LIFE }

#8 – USE THE 80/20 RULE

This rule states that 80% of your results come from 20% of your actions.

The trick is to work out what 20% you should be concentrating on, and get rid of the rest as much as you can as they will make little difference to your results.

For example – you have a clean and tidy home. You clean everyday. Actually – cleaning it less frequently will still leave you with a clean and tidy home – but you will have gained more time as a result.

It really is a win-win!

#9 – DON’T GET DISTRACTED

There are so many distractions in this world – the telephone, email, other people etc…. to name just a few.

To manage your time more effectively – try and block out your time and focus on the job in hand whatever that may be.

If the phone rings while you are doing something else, let it go to voicemail and get back to them when you have finished – don’t check your email until you have finished what you are doing etc….. – it takes much more time to get back into a job after getting distracted than it does to just get the job finished and move on to the next thing.

#10 – DECLUTTER YOUR DIARY

Take a look at your diary for the past month and see what you did on each day.

Are there things that you spent time on that you really didn’t need to? These sorts of things are clutter in your life and need to go.

Just as you would declutter a room – declutter your diary by taking away all the things that are not important.

EXTRA TIP – If you actually declutter your home as well you will save loads of time – time spent cleaning your stuff, buying your stuff, maintaining your stuff etc… You can get started right now with my totally FREE 30 day Clutter Blitz – find out more HERE

#11 – SAY ‘NO’ MORE

Leading on from #10 – if you have decluttered your diary, then don’t let it get cluttered again.

When you start to look at how you spend your time alongside how you want to spend your time – you start to become more and more aware of where you are wasting time, and what you don’t want to be doing.

Saying “No” when you haven’t got the time to commit to something can actually be very uplifting – as you can start to feel you have more control over your time again.

#12 – BE DECISIVE

There’s nothing that wastes time more than procrastination.

To manage your time better – you simple need to not waste it.

When you have something to do, just get it done and move onto the next thing.

#13 – DELEGATE & AUTOMATE WHEN YOU CAN

Managing your time means being clever with the time you have. If you’re doing too much then ultimately you won’t have as much time as you could have.

Try and identify areas where you could get help – and delegate or automate things wherever you can.

For example – get the family to help more with chores around the house, or set up direct debits for paying bills rather than spending time each month online banking.

#14 – DO WHAT HURTS MOST, FIRST

I wrote a post a while back about eating a frog. Bear with me – it makes sense when you read it!

The basic premise is that if you have to do something you are dreading – you usually put it off and waste time in the process – but if you just bite the bullet and get it done then you tend to feel happier and are more productive for the rest of the day – makes sense!

I like to try and start my day with the thing that I’m not looking forward to. That way, the rest of the day is much more enjoyable as I can be safe in the knowledge that I’ve done the worst.

#15 – WHEN WORKING OUT – TRY HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is on a lot of peoples lips at the moment – thanks to the likes of Joe Wicks**, Fitness Blender and lots of others.

The basic premise is to do short bursts of intense exercise with small rests in between, for a few minutes in total. It is meant to increase your fitness and have a whole heap of other health benefits – and in a fraction of the time of normal cardio workouts.

Of course – please be careful and read up on this if you do decide to try it out – and consult a doctor if you have any medical conditions first – but in my own experience of trying this I have to say it really does help, and is worth doing especially if you are pushed for time – although I do still like a long run or walk to clear my mind as well…

#16 – LOOK AFTER YOURSELF

This has been saved until last but it really is the most important one.

It’s SO crucial to take care of yourself – eat healthily and keep fit.

If you don’t look after yourself, you won’t be able to manage your time as effectively, and may well have less time as a result of illness or injury.

Whats that saying? When the oxygen masks come down – fix yours before helping others.

Time management tips that work. Try these 16 tips to get your time management under control once and for all - become more organised and have more time for what you really want in life.So – there you have it – 16 tips that should help you refocus parts of your life and hopefully see ways that you can get a little more time starting from now.

Good luck, and, as always please let me know how it goes in the comments below – I love hearing what you think!

And, if you are keen to get even more time tips – then why not check out this post all about ways to save an hour every day – what would you do with that hour if you had it?…

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