Planning is good but ensuring to accomplish what you plan is better. Why is it important to accomplish your plan? It’s important to accomplish your goal because it is the reason why you do the planning. We need planning to help us achieve our goals and allow more efficient use of time and other resources. Planning means analyzing and studying the objectives, as well as the way in which we will achieve them. It is a method of action to decide what we are going to do and why.

When we do our planning, there are activities that need to be done on the day but there are things that might come up and our schedule or plan will be compromised. Here, it is a good strategy to create a switch time on your plan. For example, you have planned to do exercise in the morning but something urgent comes up in the morning and you weren’t able to accomplish it. You need to allow a switch time in the afternoon to do things that were missed on your plan. In this way, you can ensure that you have accomplished your plan on the day.

Strategies to better manage your time

Here are some more strategies to better manage your time.

  • Know how you spend your time.

Identifying your most time-consuming tasks and determining whether you are investing your time in the most important activities can help you to determine a course of action. 

  • Set priorities. 

Creating a “to do” list is an easy way to prioritize. Be careful to keep list-making from getting out of control. 

  • Use a planning tool.

Time management experts recommend using a personal planning tool to improve your productivity. We highly recommend our LP PLanner to be your planning tool. This planner is perfect for time management.

  • Get organized. 

To improve our time management, get organized. Disorganization leads to poor time management.

  • Schedule appropriately

Effective scheduling requires you to know yourself. Plan your most challenging tasks for when you have the most energy.

  • Delegate: Get Help from Others

Delegating means assigning responsibility for a task to someone else, freeing up your time for tasks that require your expertise. Identify tasks others can do and select the appropriate person(s) to do them

  • Stop Procrastinating

To help stop procrastination, consider “eating the big frog first” A quote commonly attributed to Mark Twain says, “If it’s your job to eat a frog today, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. 

  • Manage Time-Wasters

Reduce or eliminate time spent in your cellphone, social media, visitors and other time-waster activities.

  • Avoid Multi-tasking

Do your best to focus on just one task at a time by keeping your area clear of distractions, including turning off notifications on your devices, and set aside dedicated time for specific tasks.

  • Stay Healthy

Scheduling time to relax or do nothing helps you rejuvenate physically and mentally, enabling you to accomplish tasks more quickly and easily. Be sure to monitor your screen time as a part of your digital wellbeing, setting boundaries to stay healthy.

Whatever time management strategies you use, take time to evaluate how they have worked for you. If you skip items on your plan, try the switch time to ensure you will accomplish things that you have planned. In doing so, you are one step closer to achieving your goals.

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