I don’t know about you but these days I’m struggling with managing everything there is to get done while also trying to take time for my personal development. As other priorities pile up I tend to let my personal development fall by the wayside. To help me focus and not lose sight of my personal development goals, I’m focusing on these five tips for better managing time.
- It’s all about attitude. Instead of focusing on not having enough time for everything, shift your thinking to what you do have time for and what you want to focus your time on. This will help to focus on the end goal and drive your productivity.
- Make the most of 30 minutes. Commit just 30 minutes a week to your personal development efforts. You may think that’s not enough time to really explore training options or to dig into an on-line course. You would be surprised though how much you can get done in 30 minutes or how quickly that 30 minutes can turn into 60 minutes of productive work that overwhelms you with the feeling of accomplishment.
- Manage your email; don’t let it manage you. Email can get to be like quicksand, slowly absorbing your thoughts and time. To avoid that, set aside a specific time to check email. Close your email box and at a set time open it up and designate a certain amount of time to reviewing and responding to messages. Outside of that window, avoid the temptation.
- Make a list. Make sure your list is specific and only includes items that can be accomplished in one to two hours of time. Prioritize your list based on what is most important and urgent.
- When sitting down to work on your personal development, actually focus on your personal development. Avoid multi-tasking. Block out distractions. Close out other applications if you are working on your computer, close the door to avoid distractions from others in your area, switch off your phone. You will find you are much more efficient and productive when you dedicate your attention to just one task at a time.
This is a good start to balancing all there is going on while trying to focus on a personal development goals as well. Do you have any tips to share that you use to manage time and meet your personal goals?