10 Time Management Skills you need to learn now

Rakshita Pancholi
7 min readNov 23, 2020

Simply putting forward time management is the skill to wisely use each moment of your day. For employees, time is managed by days or hours while for athletes it ranges from less to seconds. It can be years for scientists or the whole life of a mother.

How you are currently moving in your life is determined by what routine you have! And how smartly you manage your time.

We can consume time in various activities like daily chores, work, emotions, on screens, or with people

So if you want to double or maybe triple your productivity then you must know the art of time management. By doing that you will be able to achieve more than you ever did before.
Now here I am going to tell you 10 ways to manage your time.

Also, I will share with you some signs indicating that you are not managing your time properly.

10 quotes on time management. A journal to manage your time efficiently, and at the end, you can download the infographic based on the top time management skills

Why you are not using your time properly?

We know that time is important, once it’s gone it is never going to come back again. So we have to spend it wisely. So now what is the solutions to your problem? But before discussing that, we have to ask a vital question to ourselves. Why are we not able to spend our time properly?

1. Underestimating the time

The reason why most of us are not able to meet our deadlines is this. We think that the task is too small and does not require much of our time. So, we start to procrastinate until the very end. Finally, we realize that we do not have enough time left. And we rush due to that task but then it’s very late. Sometimes it’s left uncompleted or sometimes it gets completed but not the way it should be.

So, What is the solution to it?

Stop procrastinating any task that comes in your way! Try to complete it as soon as you can. Don’t wait for the weeks near your deadline to start working on a project.

Now here consistency comes into play- dedicate only a few hours a day to that task. There is no need to complete that task in that single day. But taking small steps is important.

Now as the days roll by we have to just start increasing the working hours. And we have to try completing the task at least three days before the deadline. So that we can revise it in the time period of those three days.

Overestimating the work

Now, this is the exact opposite of the above context. We think that the work that is assigned to us is too much. So we overthink and overthink instead of taking steps at the exact same time.

When you are in such a situation, planning becomes essential. And after planning it is required you to take immediate steps. So if you have a long list of tasks waiting for you, start taking action immediately after reading this.

Remember every big task seem difficult until it's done. So start with what you have, and where you are.

Poor planning

We plan, for the sake of planning but still, we are not able to go according to our planning! Why? Because we are not planning things practically.

For instance, it happened to me a lot: I planned to write 10 super descriptive blog posts in 10 days but what I ended up doing? Only two blog posts a week! Steadily and lately I have realized that things do not work that way!

It is easy to set big goals but we should remember that goals are achieved by habits and routines. If I would have set a target to write 2000 words each day I might have completed that task. But then I started to go with basic, I write 500- 1000 words, as a result, I am able to be more productive than before. And I know one day I will reach the challenge which I have set for myself.

Now in the coming section all, you will learn how to plan your day, week or month.

Not setting priorities or not able to set priorities

Now another reason for poor time management is that we are not able to set priorities for ourselves. Maybe because we think everything is important, we stay confused. Or maybe we simply don’t want to set priorities. Whatever the reason might be setting your priorities first in the morning saves a lot of hours a day.

This is the magic of planning. You spent a little time to plan things out and as a result, you end up saving a lot of time per day.

Wasting time on useless tasks or keeping yourself busy

I just had a friend who seemed to be more passionate about everything, always stayed busy but never was able to achieve a lot.

Contrary to many people who were less serious- enjoying their life! But they were more productive than me. Why? Because busyness is not equal to productivity.

So if you really want to boost your productivity stop wasting time on small useless tasks. The tasks that have a negligible role in your success.

Laziness

Bluntly saying it is the greatest killer! We should get rid of it as soon as possible.

Not every time it is bad, sometimes it has a lot of advantages. But mostly it is the reason for most of our failures.

Notice that some people don’t have enough talent but still their stories are remembered in history. While some people let go of their talent and potential. So I ask you a single question- if not now then when?

Is your tomorrow ever going to come in future? Or it would just be converted into another tomorrow?

Now let us discover the 10 tips of time management, that would make you to achieve a lot more!

1. Jot everything down on the paper

By everything I mean everything. All those activities from waking up and brushing, doing exercise, working on every task should be listed on a list.

The second thing you have to do is to note down the time spend on each of the tasks. Do this period activity for one week and then examine it.

After examining it, now is the time to eliminate and reduce.

2. Eliminate and reduce

Eliminate all unnecessary tasks on your list, or reduce them. For instance, if you watch TV for 2 hours per day, cut it down to one hour. Or maybe eliminate it.

If you take thirty minutes on bathing itself cut it down to 15 minutes. Reduce all the unnecessary time that you consume.

Note that reduce or eliminate the things that are not in sync with your true goals.
Here is my guide on how one can set true goals for life?

When you reduce or eliminate the time that is for a goal that you don’t want to achieve, it would make you miserable. So start to discover your true inner goals.

So now by this process, you will notice that you can save a lot of time per day.

And then you can dedicate this time towards your work.

3. Use a boring time for your work

Many time we let go of the time which is boring yet can be made useful. Like the time spent in waiting, travelling, downloading something which we can easily utilize to spent on our work.

You won’t know but this technique is very useful to achieve major goals in your life.

4. Don’t hesitate to spend time on your own body

This becomes an issue for the people who are hard on themselves, the workaholic people. Those are the people who never do what they want in life, they go to work come back being tired, and then go again to work without thinking that they truly want what they are doing?

They think the time spent doing anything else apart from their work is a waste. But this is not correct. Because not all the paths to reach our true goals are direct. There are some indirect paths that lead to great results!

One of the important among them is exercise or any physical activity that gives you joy.

Sometimes in life, we think we have lost our true path of joy. It feels like we have no time to pursue our passions.

But you can still pursue your passion. If you can’t pursue it directly try to pursue it indirectly. Like starting a YouTube channel. Or creating a course. Or anything else.

Continue reading from here….

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Rakshita Pancholi
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I am a productivity, planning and motivational blogger at Tuned with Trends. I am also a Graphic designer and free lance writer.