5 Ways to Improve Time Management Skills
Benjamin Franklin said that failing to plan is planning to fail. But Franklin lived during a simpler time. He never had to battle rush hour traffic, experience the pressure of a relentlessly vibrating cell phone, or run a multinational corporation.
These days, finding time to plan your schedule requires more than rising and cleaning your home. In today’s frenetic world, effective planning — and meeting all of your obligations — requires effective time management, and sometimes, a little extra help.
Here are five ways you can improve your time management skills -- with a little help from MyButler.
Make time to think. One thing Franklin did every night, according to his autobiography, was make time for an “examination of the day.” During this time, Franklin made plans to address the next day's projects. Remember, being busy is different from being effective. So, take time to think about the things that make you most effective, and then plan to do those things.
As for the tasks that impede efficiency, put those items on your Not-To-Do List. At the end of the day, you'll feel much better knowing the butler did it -- and you won't have to!
Set tangible goals. Goals are the lifeblood of success. They help you stay focused, identify unproductive activities and focus on the things that matter most to you, both personally and professionally. Before every call and every email you send, take a little time to consider what you want to achieve. This will help you focus your time and energy.
Ignore the noise. Phones exist for your convenience. The same is true for email and texts. Just because someone reaches out to you doesn’t mean you have to grab the opportunity to respond immediately. It's perfectly acceptable to ignore the ringing and pinging of noncritical communications until later in the day.
Plan for interruptions. Practicing an open-door policy for your employees may seem like a good idea, but it can kill productivity. Instead of encouraging your colleagues to walk in at any time, carve out time in your calendar for interruptions and call them “office hours.” Knowing when you’re likely to be interrupted can help keep you on track. And your butler can help you stay on schedule with friendly reminders of upcoming appointments.
Ask for help. This is one of the most important time management skills successful people practice. They ask professionals for help, especially when it comes to maintaining their homes. They often hire butlers, who can take care of grocery shopping and dry cleaning duties to help lighten their load, if not in the office, then at least at home.
If you need help managing your time and your home, contact MyButler today, and start planning to succeed with your Not-To-Do list.
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