Managing Your Time to Get the Job Done

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Do you ever feel as if there aren't enough hours in the day? Do you wish you could add an additional 4 hours to your day to get that To-Do List completed? Well, you're not alone.
Time Management is a key element to your professional success and certainly can assist in managing your personal affairs.
Here are some proven strategies for maximizing your time for the most benefit.
  1. Make a List.
    Yes, we all make that "To-Do" list and then we never get anything on the list accomplished or we only get to 1-2 items from a list of 15.
    Sound familiar? Well don't fret.
    That's the first and most important step in Time Management.
    You need to create a list of items of the things you need to get accomplished.
     
  2. Prioritize.
    Now that you have created the list, you must prioritize the list in order of importance and/or deadline to have the task accomplished.
    Be realistic in the time needed to accomplish each task.
     
  3. Stick to the Plan/Execute.
    You've brainstormed all of the things that you need to accomplish.
    You've prioritized them in order of importance and/or deadline.
    Now it's time to execute.
    Procrastination is the enemy of production.
    Don't allow your progress to be stalled because you feel you can put something off until tomorrow.
    Stay disciplined! 
  4. Avoid Distractions.
    In order for you to accomplish the tasks that you have set for yourself and stay focused on the tasks at hand, you must avoid distractions.
    Distractions come in the form of television, phone calls, radio, friends, family, etc.
    For example, if you have a project that you are working on that has to be submitted by tomorrow morning then you may need to cut off the TV, put the phone on vibrate, silence the radio and let family and friends know that you have a project to complete and that you will circle back with then when you're finished.
    Distractions are time-wasters! 
  5. Create a Schedule for Yourself.
    One of the things you may find very helpful is to create a schedule for yourself.
    For example if you have several items on your To-Do list that need to be completed today give yourself a reasonable time allotment and stick to it.
    Example:
8:00 - 9:00: Follow-up on emails 9:00 - 10:00: Sales Calls 10:00 - 11:00: Meet with Management Team 11:00 - 12:00: Return Phone Calls from previous evening 12:00 - 1:00: Lunch 1:15 - 1:45: Follow-up on emails 1:45 - 2:45: Sales Calls 2:45 - 3:00: Break 3:00 - 3:45: Complete Sales Reports 3:45 - 4:45: Sales Calls 4:45 - 5:00: Prep/plan for tomorrow Try these techniques for 30 days and I'm sure it will improve the way you manage your time and increase your overall productivity.
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