You probably know the feeling: you have a looming deadline and suddenly there are a dozen or more things you would rather do. Worse, you do those dozen things because they will only take a minute or two (in your dreams). You might get side-tracked or decide to do this one other tiny project while you have your tools out. By the end of the day, you are no closer to completing the all-important work than you were yesterday.
I know—I took a college class on procrastination. I was so good at the subject, I should have gotten an A! Fortunately, I learned about time management instead. Try these tips yourself:
· Determine how you spend the 24 hours you are given each day (use the journal in Microsoft Outlook, paper and pen, whatever works for you)
· Decide what is truly important to you
· Ditch activities that should not be taking up your time (or at least cut back on them)
· Delegate what you can
· Do what needs to be done in a timely fashion before the pressure of a deadline makes you want to avoid it or causes you to make costly mistakes
What time management techniques work best for you?