Ahh, it's Friday. And you're swamped. If you're like me, Friday doesn't mean you are at the end of your week and can wind down. In fact, most busy people tend to work their latest day on Fridays. Well, the truth be told.... I'm not working that late tonight. I've developed a few time management tricks that are working. I may be swamped but I know the work will be done on time and well before the weekend arrives.
If you want to manage your time better, follow these tips;
1. Don't waste your time on people who don't value it. After taking a long look at my schedule, I came to the conclusion that I was wasting hours each week pitching people who weren't interested in what I had to say or the services that I offered. I learned to screen people better. If I thought they truly wanted my services, and not to just pick my brain, I met with them. If I felt they were not serious about using my services, I declined the meeting. I started applying this rule to my personal life, too. It has helped tremendously. If friends are serious about meeting up with me- they show up. If they don't show up or reschedule last minute- our next meeting isn't so easy to schedule. Do you see where I am going with this?
2. Call people out. If you are around someone who makes empty promises, call him or her on it- especially if they are employees. Give the person the chance to clean up their act or find a new boss, friend, etc. People who are full of it tend to waste other people's time. Sometimes they even waste your resources. So, if you have someone around you who can't deliver- call him or her on it. Remember, once chance to clean up the BS or you move on.
3. Connect with people. Yes, schedule time to connect with people. Don't do impromptu meetings. Know who and when you want to meet with someone and then schedule time for it. And schedule the time correctly. Include driving time (to and from) and schedule an extra half hour in case things run over a bit or traffic is heavy that day.
We are all busy. We could all use more time. However, you can manage how you schedule your days better. Trust me, I've been there.