Can't find that important document because the office is a mess? Is a deadline fast approaching for that project you promised would be ready by the end of the week but you haven't started yet?
Struggling with disorganization and poor time management is mentally and physically draining.
You won't be ready for the next big client or project if you are carrying around a mental list of stuff you have yet to get done. Think of the stress this puts on your mind and your body.
On the flip side though have a look at this list of benefits you reap when you practice good time management skills:
So how can you begin improving your time management skills?
Remember small action steps are always best. Try not to overwhelm yourself with a complete overhaul in an unrealistic period of time. Perhaps start with a to-do list. (yes they really do work if you use them!) You can download a really effective one here.
I am concluding with a note on procrastination. At the root of poor time management skills you will often find procrastination. If you tend to procrastinate ask yourself why? The honest answer to this question is really important.
Do you know why you procrastinate?
We usually put off tasks we dislike or that we are not quite sure how to complete. Sometimes we are afraid of what will be on the other side of successfully managing our time; if you are organized and have more time what would that feel like, or look like? If time management has been an issue for you for a long time it might be kind of unsettling to let go of. Give yourself some time to explore this fully.
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