Our Top 10 Time Management Tips

1. Be honest with yourself

It is so important to be honest with yourself and realistic in terms of the goals you set. For example; if you know you are a procrastinator, set yourself a deadline before the real deadline, this in turn prompts you to get started much earlier and relieve stress in the long run. Identify where you’re wasting time and try not to multitask when you have to focus, complete one task at a time and be realistic in terms of the time you set to each task; some tasks require quality completion rather than speedy completion.

2. Work smarter, not harder 

Rather than being rigid in how you approach tasks, try and be thoughtful and always ask yourself if something can be done more efficiently or eliminated altogether and try to find more solutions. Managing your time isn’t about squeezing as many tasks into your day as possible. It’s about simplifying how you work, doing things faster, and relieving stress – essentially it is being more productive!

There really are enough hours in a day for everything you’d like to do, but it may take a bit of rearranging and re-imagining to find them.

3. Prioritise 

Try to sort tasks by must, should and want meaning things you must do, things you should do and things you want to do. The musts are crucial to complete so do those first. Another good way of organising tasks that need to be done is by categorising them into:

  • Important and urgent

  • Important but not urgent

  • Urgent but not important

  • Not urgent and not important

4. Learn to say no

Your time is precious. Don’t waste it on people and projects that don’t align with your mission and goals. If you value your own time, others will learn to value it to. Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

5. Avoid Distractions

What’s distracting you? Messages? Phone ringing? Flatmates? Try turning your phone over, giving to a friend to look after or switching it off altogether. Calls during this time are recorded and you can easily contact them afterwards if it’s something important and this will help you to concentrate better. Close the apps you aren’t using. Close the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way. If your friends are distracting you, try going to the library silent area.

6. Give yourself time limits 

This means restricting your work to X amount of time, this provides a greater amount of structure as well as prevents you from overworking yourself. By setting time constraints for these items, you will focus more and work more efficiently. Aim to complete tasks early. When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you tar