Effective Time Management Techniques

Effective Time Management Techniques



Do you always find yourself doing numerous tasks at the last minute?  Does the sight of voluminous paperwork make you feel swamped, eventually leading you to put them off for "just a few more minutes"?  Does the word deadline unfailingly give you panic attacks?


If you answered in the affirmative to any of the questions mentioned above, then you are undeniably guilty of wasting a precious resource--- time. Like most people, you may get a rush out of beating the clock and submitting your work, although sloppily done, on time.  This chronic battle waged during crunch time invariably leads to the ubiquitous raccoon eyes and zits popping uncontrollably all over your face.  And as you continue to cope with the nervewracking pressure of accomplishing so much in so little time, your once gentle personality mutates into a hideous monster.


While there may be no getting around job orders, here are some essential tips of managing your time efficiently:


  • Write a to-do list.

Keep a record of all your tasks such as school assignments, job

        presentations and  household chores.  There is something about

the written word that makes it harder to ignore.  This list is      also an easy way for you to keep track of what needs to be done

        and when the due dates are


  • Prioritize.

        Once all the tasks are listed already, prioritize them according

        to their sense of urgency. Arrange the tasks whether  they are

        due in the next few days, weeks or months. It only makes sense

        that a presentation due tomorrow will be given more importance

        than  one that is due a month from now.


  • Act.  Do not procrastinate.

        All your dreams, plans and goals are worthless if you don't act

        on them.  Your ideals, no matter how lofty, will not come to

        fruition if you remain rooted to where you are.  While it is true

        that you have a tendency, like the rest of nature, to follow the

        line of least resistance in surviving this challenging world, you

        can evolve and turn out to be way stronger than you once were.

Say goodbye to stalls.  Stop making alibis.  Kick those        enumerable excuses that hinders you from becoming a better

        person.  Act now.


  • Tackle the toughest assignments first.

         When you have two or more projects to finish, try to accomplish

         the more difficult one first before proceeding to the next.  In

         that way, your mind will be clearer and you will get through it

         more quickly.


  • Remove distractions.

In order to maximize your time, you should remain focused on                   your tasks.  This means that you have to minimize, if not totally

remove, all the distractions surrounding you. Turn off the          television, lower down the volume of the beat blaring from the

        radio, tell your little siblings to stop screaming at each other

        and keep your mobile phone outside your reach.  Do not try

        sneaking at your incoming text messages and tell your parents

        that you won't be receiving any calls for a few hours.


  • Use rewards to mark your progress.

A tireless 24/7 machine you are most definitely not, so don't                    forget to indulge in life's little pleasures.  You can set a contract with yourself that after finishing a certain work, you can pamper yourself with a manicure or a short stroll around your neighborhood.  For harder tasks, you can always treat yourself to a whole body massage or foot reflexology.


Always remember that every project ticked off that list brings you one step closer to a more manageable schedule