Many people believe that becoming time efficient is possible. I do too! I was never really organized or good at organization and my life was very unorganized. I used to spend an hour or so every day just going through my to-do list, always looking for something to do that day. I knew there were things I wanted to accomplish but I just didn’t have the time to do them.
When I started my first home-based business I set out with the mindset that I would make myself more efficient by getting organized and taking some time off. I knew that having a tidy desk and having my tasks lined up in order would help me to perform better at my job. In addition, I knew that using a desktop computer and working in an organized home office would benefit me financially. However, did these new ideas work for me? I found that in the beginning but later became frustrated because it took so long to get me where I wanted to be in terms of my career and finances.
After a few months, when I still wasn’t seeing results, I began to ask myself if becoming time efficient was possible. I began to look through magazines and books to try and find ways to organize my office and eliminate the chaos. I learned that one way to become more organized is to use a to-do list.
A to-do list
A to-do list consists of several pieces of paper: tasks that are due, those that are done, notes about what is done, and anything else you want to remember. It might seem difficult to keep this list up to date. However, once you create your to-do list you will find that organizing and managing it becomes much easier. Here are some tips for how to create your own effective and efficient to-do list.
The list should have several sections
Your list should have several sections. Each section should contain the first ten things that you want to accomplish during the day. These tasks should be the most important ones; however, they should not block your time. You should assign priorities to the tasks on your list and prioritize them in order of importance.
The list should be short and simple
The next section of your list should be short and simple. You should write down the tasks that have been accomplished, their status (completed, on hold, done), and their details (time left on hold, time spent on task, etc.). This is important because it will allow you to see which tasks are important and which are unnecessary. You should also keep track of how long each task took to complete.
The list should be for those tasks that are overdue
The final section of your list should be for those tasks that are overdue or not as important as the other tasks that have been accomplished. If several tasks are overdue you may want to consider prioritizing them. In this case, prioritize according to how urgent they are. For example, you could prioritize urgent tasks that are listed below on the priority list such as urgent meetings, urgent bills, and so on. You could also use a time management technique such as prioritizing by frequency.
Once you have completed your list you should go back over it and re-evaluate its priorities. If there are tasks that should be completed sooner than others then you should make plans to complete them. For some tasks, it might be better to set a goal and to work towards achieving that goal. Finally, when you have finished your time-efficient schedule, you should take a moment to review what you have done and what you plan to do in the future.
The tips provided in this article will help you to create a time-efficient schedule that is less forgetful. There are many ways to make your life easier, but the most important thing for business success and at home is making sure you have enough time available for everything. The more efficient you can be with your time, the better off you’ll be! You may not need an organizational system or digital planner like Trello; these tips should give you all of the information needed to take control of your day without forgetting anything on your list.