Time Management Tools- A Few Tools that Will Help You Become Organized
Time is plainly hard to manage for a lot of people because of numerous distractions
that keep them from being productive. In order to have effective time management,
you need to have tools that will hopefully keep you on track and allow you to finish
things that need to be done.
There are various time management tools that can be used if you want to change
your bad time management habits. The most common is the pen-and-paper
combination. In the world of MacBooks and Blackberry phones, carrying pen and
paper around may seem ridiculous, but it really is not. Of course, gadgets are
awesome but the thing is they run out of battery. Pen and paper, on the other hand,
don’t. Plus, the pen and paper can easily be pocketed. And compared to pricey
gadgets, no one really steals pen and paper.
Using pen and paper as your daily planner will enable you to keep tabs of anything
you feel is important. These vital tools will keep your thoughts organized and will
help you develop the habit of jotting things down that will eventually help you to be a
Paper will be forever reliable especially if it is in the form of sticky notes and post-it.
This particular time management tools are highly effective especially if you
strategically post them on an area that you actually see all the time. If you practically
live in front of your computer, posting the notes on your monitor will be a great idea.
You can also have sticky notes on your bedroom wall, refrigerator door or even on the
cover of your favorite book.
Another tool people could use is the ever reliable planner (or organizer). Now, this is
also considered “pen and paper” combination but unlike the aforementioned tools,
planners are more organized and detailed. This can also be the tool where you can
input the tasks that you’ve accomplished so far.
The planner can also be a constant reminder of special occasions in your life. You can
easily keep tabs on your loved-ones’ birthdays, anniversaries and any other events
important to your life. This way, you won’t be caught off-guard and no one in the
family will be mad at you for not remembering his/her birthday.
It may sound funny or a little bit bordering OCD but having a back-up planner is
another wise technique to manage your time properly. You can have one at home and
one at the office. And both must be updated. If you think this is too much, you can
just have your planner and your smart phone as a back-up.
The last and certainly the most important time management tools there is your
health. This may seem strange to others (and perhaps to you as well) but you have to
keep in mind that your body is the one that enables you to do your work. Without it,
all the “ridiculous” planning and strategies to manage your time will be futile. Take
care of your body for you to have enough energy to really get things done.
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