Do you always manage your time and properly hit your targets, goals, and deadlines? Effective leadership skills are gleaned through various practices, including learning how to manage your time.
As simple as it sounds, the first thing you need to do is start. If you have something you need to write, sit down and write the first paragraph.
Set Clear Goals and Objectives.
Keep a to-do list, in combination with a day planner if you like. Be sure to go into each day with a clear idea of what you need to do
Know Your “Sweet Spot” of the Day.
What is your most productive period of time? What is your least productive time? Did you achieve your goals? How could you have done what you were doing more effectively?
Handle e-mail and Phone Calls in Batches.
If you are like most people, you get phone calls and e-mail messages throughout the day. Try chunking e-mail and telephone calls together and return them all at once.
Divide Larger Tasks into Groups of Smaller Ones.
Break a job into bite-sized pieces for easier consumption. Look at it like cleaning a room. You should pick a task to match the amount of time available.
Try to understand the difference between urgent and important. Also try to create lists of what must be done , what should be done and what you would like done by the end of the day.
Learn When to Say No.
Many people are afraid to let their managers know how busy they are, however, if you are overextended, it is important that you speak up for yourself.