1. Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish:
Before you can manage your time, you need to know what it is that you need to manage. A list of tasks, from the mundane is critical, this will help you get a handle on what needs to get done. Make one of your final daily tasks the completion of tomorrow's task list. Each day should be ended with a new task sheet for tomorrow to keep you on track.
2. Balance your effort:
Identify which tasks are most important and try to deal with those first. A reception area is always busy and new tasks come about on an ongoing basis, keep track of all the tasks you need to complete and identify which tasks need to be completed throughout the day. A good idea is to map out your day and allocate certain hours to particular tasks.
3. Manage time in increments:
Give yourself a time goal to complete a portion of a task or the entire task.
4. Keep track of your progress:
Cross things off the list as they are completed. You will feel more relieved and relaxed just by getting through the daily tasks. Not only will you be getting things done, finishing tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and spur motivation.
5. Reassess the list:
Add new tasks to the list. This should be done on a daily basis, especially when you are jusy getting started with a time management regimen.
Roxann van Rugge (LLB)
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