Managing Time Wisely – Habits for Success

Managing time wisely and effectively is challenging. But excellent time management skills are invaluable, especially when trying to manage both a full-time job and a part-time business. After all, there are other things in life besides just work.

If you want the opportunity to enjoy other aspects of your life, getting your time under control is a must!

Being focused, prioritizing what needs to get done, and then actually getting those things done isn’t the same as being busy. A lot of us are “busy” on Instagram but we’re not being productive… (by the way, if you haven’t followed me on Insta yet I’ve added a link above 🤪).

With effort & consistency, these 6 time management tips will help you get on the right track and increase your productivity:

  1. Focus on being productive. You can spend a lot of time actively working, yet accomplish relatively little. Being busy is about motion. Being productive is about results.
      • What results can you anticipate from the action step you’re about to take. Are the expected results worth the time?
      • Everyone should avoid being busy … accomplishing nothing. This is even more important for those with two jobs. Use your time wisely.
  2. Limit the multi-tasking. I’m a fan of multi-tasking. However, to ensure focus and quality assurance I multi-task when and where it makes sense. Sometimes, focusing on one task at a time increases productivity and performance by 100%.
      • This can be the difference maker between success and failure if you’re juggling a part-time business with a full-time job. Productivity is everything. Focus on one thing until it’s time to move on to something else.
      • Consider using a timer to help you focus. If a task should take 25 minutes to complete, use a timer and try to beat the clock. A simple timer can really help you stay focused. Ive tried out the Pomodoro technique and it was super helpful. Just need to be consistent.
  3. Switch it up. Have a new list of objectives for your to-do list each day. Fires will need to be put it out and sometimes at the same time. Being able to shift priorities from day to day will help your to do list look and feel fresh. Start each day with a new list or priorities. Any items that are incomplete can be moved to tomorrow’s list, but only if they’re still priorities.
      • I tend to break up my to do list into 3 sections. Most important things to do in the morning. Routine items, such as: meeting with staff, reports, planning, data entry tend to happen throughout the day. And if time permits, I can knock out another high priority list item or put out a fire by late afternoon. It feels less overwhelming and a bit more manageable.
      • For some of you, it may be helpful to create the list the night before. You won’t waste time in the morning trying to plan your day. You might also find some elegant solutions to your challenges if you have the opportunity to sleep on them.
      • But if you’re like me and waking up early in the morning works continue to do so. Just allow time for reflection while reviewing and updating your list.
  4. Make a real effort to eliminate distractions and interruptions. There’s always something else that needs your attention. However, you’ll get more done if you can stick to the important tasks before allowing other things to grab your attention.
      • You might want to spend the first two hours of each morning working on the most important tasks of the day before opening your email or listening to your phone messages.
  5. Make decisions with the time expenditure in mind. Working full-time and running a part-time business requires focusing on the time required by certain activities. Quick decision-making skills are vital.
      • Many times, the second or third best solution is really the best solution if it saves time.
      • Sometimes a good, quick solution is better than the best solution that is complicated and too time-consuming to implement. For those of us with “perfection” syndrome this can cause anxiety but once you start making this a practice it becomes easier to process and actually do!
  6. Delegate whenever possible. I cannot stress how important this is! Delegate whenever possible. I don’t care if it’s at the 9 to 5 or the 11 to 3, assign tasks to members of your team that can handle the task. Giving up control in your daily activities will free up more time for you to focus on the bigger picture – your mission, your why!

Managing a full-time job and a part-time business is challenging, but many people are able to manage both successfully. Focus on the most important tasks, minimize the distractions around you, and let others help. You’ll get more done in less time with greater results!

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This article originally appeared on Ms. Kenni NYC

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