Humans love deep philosophical questions, Who am I? What am I doing here? What’s the meaning of life?… Societal and workplace changes have added some more vital questions to that list. Nowadays, one of the most common is, undoubtedly, ‘How can I improve my time management skills?’
Luckily for everyone, there are millions of people wondering about the exact same thing, and many of them are very talented professionals who are devoted to creating effective methods to improve our time management skills and boost productivity.
First of all, focus on this idea: you have the same amount of time as everyone else, that is, 24-hour days with their 86,400 seconds; neither one more nor one less. So ‘I don’t have time’ is a sentence you might want to avoid including in your speech, because actually… it’s not true. You and I know that it would be more accurate to say something like ‘I’m not making the best of my time’ or ‘I have no idea what I’m spending my time on’.
These statements are a little bit vague, but a good -and more accurate- ‘simultaneous translation’ would be:
- I have no idea what I’m spending my time on = I waste too much time on unimportant things and I watch the days go by without being really productive;
- I’m not making the best of my time = I work too much and have very little time left for myself.
He who seeks finds
When you need answers to a problem, it is essential to make yourself the right questions. If you blame only external agents for your wrong time management, you’ll be forgetting about the most important element in that equation: you.
In both of the aforementioned cases, finding a solution requires you to:
- be honest to yourself. First of all, find where those time losses are rooted. Big changes need great effort, and most of us never feel like making it. The thing is that without some self-criticism as a first step towards change, you can’t even dream about success.
- make up for lost time. Good news is there are actually many time management methods which are really effective. You can start by keeping on reading this eBook, and choose the one that best suits your needs.
- start managing your time more effectively. Once you have selected the method you’re going to work with, there’s no time to lose. Start working and getting positive results from this very moment.
Eureka! Already done by someone else!
You are lucky. You don’t need to overthink this issue as much as poor Archimedes did with the crown of Hiero II, king of Syracuse. In Kiply we’ve already selected some of the best time management methods for you to stay focused and succeed in meeting all your projects’ deadlines.
- GTD (Getting Things Done). In this method developed by Dave Allen, it all comes down to find out what tasks and projects you need to finish. Once you know, group them into categories and decide whether they can be accomplished and how long they will take.
- Pomodoro Technique. Francesco Cirillo designed this technique which is based on dividing your work into 25-minute periods, and resting between them.
- COPE. This is the method developed by personal productivity expert Peggy Duncan. It is focused on organizing work properly and eliminating all those worthless activities that make people waste time.
- 18 minutes. The ’18 minutes’ method by Peter Bregman focuses on the importance of putting some time aside every day to assess your performance.
And if you think these methods are not enough, don’t forget that Kiply is a very useful and easy-to-use tool which you can combine with any of them.
As you can see, as soon as you decide that you want to manage your time in the best possible way, you will have plenty of help, including ours. Give it a try! Your work-life balance will thank you.