Time Management – The Six Most Important Things

Time Management – The Six Most Important Things

There are a number of strategies and techniques to create perfect time management and one of the most important ones is to decide on an effect way to prioritise on the most important things you need to focus on. In this article we are going to look at the first step in creating an effective time management strategy – deciding on the six most important things to do.

It is very easy to get overwhelmed when you lead a busy life and have a number of conflicting demands on your time. If you are to be effective in managing your time then you have to implement a strategy for deciding what is important and what is not.

If you are like most busy people you probably have a to-do-list that has many items on it and that then becomes a mountain to climb instead of an aid. The first thing you need to do is identify which elements on your to-do-list are the most important and the most urgent so that you can focus on those.

There are four main categories of tasks and these categories will significantly aid you in creating effective time management.

1. Firstly you decide which tasks are both highly important and urgent. This means that these tasks are goal orientated tasks, they are leading you in the direction of a key desired outcome and these tasks are urgent because they have a deadline that is close, relative to the time the task will take to complete.

2. Next decide which tasks are highly important. These are the tasks which are key to achieving goal orientated results that you are aiming for.

3. Urgent items that are not important for achieving goals, these could be things that are urgent for others, but that are not specifically leading you in the direction of one of your goals.

4. Anything else. Really the things in this category do not really need to be done and can be missed when there are more important things that need to be done. In reality this is one of the most important categories to identify when it comes to effective time management because all too many people get bogged down in trivia instead of focusing on the important.

Once you have identified the level of importance and urgency for each item on your task list, decide on which six items are the most important and put them on a separate list.

These are the six items you will focus on completely for today, only when all of these have been completed will you move on to the next six things. Do this every morning and your time management will be massively simplified and your effective productivity will increase by up to 400% over night.

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