Common Time Management Mistakes To Avoid

by WorkFromHome on February 23, 2012

When you are able to schedule your time effectively you become a happier person. Why is that? Organization and accomplishment both provide a sense of happiness, and everyone likes to be happy. Chaos and hectic thought patterns lead to mismanagement of time, careers, businesses, and even personal lives. People that are always frantic accomplish little and are always unhappy.

Many people think they know what time management is, and many will even try to do it for a while. If they have been properly educated on what time management is, they see a change in their lives and businesses and become happy, if they only assume they know what it is, they often give up on the skills and return to chaos. This is simply because they are misinformed about the definition of time management.

Avoiding these common beliefs about time management will help anyone master their time and create the calm and happiness they desire at work and at home.

  1. You Do Not Need A List: Everyone should take a minute at the beginning of the day and create a To-Do list just for that day. It does not have to be long or complicated. It just needs to be a list of the highest priority things you need to accomplish that day and that day only.
  2. Not Having Personal Goals: Knowing what you want out of your life will help you create situations in your life to accomplish those goals. If you do not know what your personal goals are, you will not have a reason to accomplish any of your tasks each day.
  3. All Tasks Are Equally Important: Not all tasks are the same. You should take time to set priorities on your tasks, accomplishing the most important first. Failing to set priorities often leaves the more important and harder tasks for last.
  4. Distractions Are Okay Since You Work At Home: Distractions are simply that: a distraction. You need to minimize your distractions when you are working. Home life and business life must be kept separate so that you can minimize chaos.
  5. Waiting For The Right Time Is Not Procrastination: Whenever you delay a task it is procrastination, pure and simple. There is never a right time, there is only now. When you have a task that needs to be accomplished, unless it is a medical or family emergency, now is always the perfect time.
  6. Make A To-Do List That Includes Everything: You should never create a to-do list that has more than 5 or 6 items on it at one time. You will place your brain in to overload and it will automatically rebel and not want to do anything. This is just human nature. When you look at the list and see that there is only a few things to accomplish, it will be easier to see a finish line and it will make it psychologically easier to complete.
  7. The Busier The Better: Being over busy is not productive in the long run. In fact, many people become physically addicted to the adrenaline that is created when you are over busy, making it bad for your health. The truth is a steady pace helps you accomplish more: think of the turtle and the hare story.
  8. Everyone Must Multi-Task: Multi-tasking is the anti-productive method to anything. At the end of a multi-tasking day you have 10 things that are half accomplished, that is it. When you complete each project from start to finish you will find more satisfaction and the ability to complete more tasks in the same time period.
  9. Skip Lunch And Other Breaks: You need to take breaks throughout the day, and you need to have lunch. Your energy and concentration levels depend on your body functioning properly. To function properly you need to be properly nourished and you need to move about to keep the blood flowing. Taking intermittent breaks throughout the day will help you accomplish more.
  10. No Time For Fun: You need to make sure that you have time to relax and have fun. Rewarding yourself for a job well done is not only an incentive to continue to effectively manage your time, it also well deserved. You must make time to be happy if you want to have time to work.

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