Who doesn't know the phrase “time is money"? The ticking of the clock controls our lives, which presents us with increasing time management challenges. In 1853, time was regulated uniformly for the first time by the introduction of the railway era. It was quickly tried to save time in order to be able to operate more ergonomically because those who are not exhausted so quickly are more productive. But how can you now successfully organize your tasks without getting into time pressure? We prepared some tips for you.
Classical time management involves writing to-do lists and setting priorities in order to be able to proceed with systemically analytically. But if you're the creatively chaotic type, it can quickly get you into a planning spiral that causes more stress at that time. Therefore, we recommend taking 10 minutes to create a flexible day concept that leaves plenty of room for spontaneity. For example, it should include questions such as “What do I like to do" and “What will I do". This gives you a lot of freedom for creativity and you have more time for things that make you successful in the long run.
Separate your To Do's from your Calendar
A balanced relationship between private and working life is of enormous importance today. To avoid being constantly exposed to a time pressure situation full of to-do's, use a separate tool far away from your calendar. For example, "Sticky notes" well suited or digital to-do lists. So unfinished tasks are not transferred and postponed all the time, but rather they travel with you through the day.
The challenge of setting priorities remains. How can you avoid getting bogged down and finding out what is important right now? Questions such as “What is the best thing for me/my company/my employer to do at the moment when I take care of it?" “What can I do today for my future success?" or “What will happen if I don't do it today?"can help. A common time management instrument, named after former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, distinguishes between importance and urgency. This can also help with priority setting.
Ultimately, definite endpoints can help motivate people to move forward. It's best to discuss concrete deadlines with the people involved to get your to-do's through in one go. Here, “less is more" always applies because after all, they should give you more breaks and less stress. If you entrust yourself to a network in which you can also give tasks and do not strive to have everything perfectly under control, you will notice how focused you can achieve your own goals. Good luck with that.