Crazy Cool Gadgets is a blog devoted to small businesses, gadgets, gadget marketing, and ecommerce. That said, there are a dozen different business ideas that don’t fit our niche, and hey, maybe “devoted” is too strong a word. Because if it’s of interest to a business owner or a consumer, we will probably write about it.
In the meantime, here’s a post that every business owner, every employee, and maybe every person will appreciate: How to improve your time management skills.
1. Break the task down into its component parts
Lots of people tackle jobs and projects without considering all that is involved. Soon they are mired in complexities they never imagined. This causes them to fall behind schedule. They decide to save time by plowing ahead. Which makes them fall further behind schedule because they still don’t know what they’re doing.
Planning is not time-wasting, it’s time-saving! And that leads to:
2. Make Lists
Lists help you focus, they help you stay on-task, they give you a reference point when you are overwhelmed. When you get that feeling like you can’t do it all, look at your list and choose one item to complete. Then go back to the list and cross off the item. Crossing off an item feels like a little reward and reinforces the notion that you’re making progress. There are two other cool tips buried in here:
3. Reward Yourself
Whether you do a little dance at the end of each completed task, make a big show of crossing off an item and writing DONE next to it, or have a chocolate Kiss, a reward helps you move forward to the next task, anticipating the pleasure of the next reward.
4. Do One Thing at a Time
In #2, we suggested choosing one item on your list. People who multi-task aren’t really multi-tasking. Study after study shows that we lose time and efficiency whenever we try to accomplish more than one thing at a time.
5. Set Deadlines
Long term goals and short term goals must be equally planned. Try the backwards planning method: If X needs to be accomplished in three months, what needs to be done in two months in order to insure that X is achieved? And what needs to be done in one month in order to achieve the two month goal? This method will work you back all the way to what you need to accomplish today.
6. Take Breaks
Allow breaks in your schedule. You’re not a machine. Stretch, take walks, look at the sky, have a water cooler chat. A rested mind is a more productive mind. As long as you stay on schedule and go back to work, breaks are valuable.
Are you doing everything all by yourself? Don’t do that.