Say the words time management and we say how can be manage time? We can’t really. What we can do is track how we use time, understand how long a tasks takes, and prioritize what we spend out time on. Time management tools help us track and record how we spent our time. By tracking and recording our tasks and how much time each takes, we can be more productive about how we use our time. These basic, elementary tools also empower us to be more productive.
Capture tools: planner and task list
A planner is where you place dates and appointments. It’s also where you can create a plan for your work by breaking tasks and projects into smaller units. Planners come in a variety of formats so choose what works for you.
A task list is where you record all the details. It’s the spot for all ideas, whether actionable or not. The task list evolves into the 3 Most Important Tasks (MITs). Those the tasks that are assigned by date and recorded on your panner. These capture tools can include a simple notebook to the online tool Trello.
Both capture tools are essential for productivity. Knowing the high priority tasks, choosing which to schedule when, then you can use your planner. Your planner is your every day map for getting stuff done.
These tools help you stay on track with your plan and ensure productivity.
A timer can help you start, finish and stay on task. Setting a timer helps make the shift into action. It’s set to help you with the duration of the task. Using the Pomodoro technique, you can break up your work into chunks too.
An analog clock can help you gauge the beginning of a task. Placing an analog clock where you can see time elapsing is beneficial in that you can assess how much time has passed and when to move onto the next step.
There are many apps that create more awareness about your own productivity. RescueTime is a a digital tool to assess where you have spent your time. This time management software helps you stay on track knowing that your time is being assessed. TimeDoctor give you tools for analysis for you and your team. Trello helps you set up an online tracking tool. Check out of one these on one of your devices. Use these focus tools together to help you keep to your plan.
Time management concepts
Time management concepts provide the perspective of how to use your tools.
The Power of One highlights how important a single capture tool can be for you. Capture your tasks and assigments in one place. It’s easier to know what you have to do and when you are doing this tasks.
Chunk your work into segments that work for you. If you are someone who likes long time periods to work, create theme days to do this work. If you work for an hour at a time, break your work into these units. Chunking is a powerful way to be sure you are accomplishing and not procrastinating.
Now you have the tools. It’s time to put them to use! Be sure to have your planner, task list, clock and timer at your side at all times. Put them to work today as you start your work day.
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