While on our efforts to make life better, sometimes, we out together a to-do list but also putting one feels like a huge undertaking. The concept of postponing everything, like I found myself doing for towing service tasks, is known as procrastination. It involves a cycle of putting off tasks, feeling anxious and guilty and consequently working with lower productivity and efficiency as compared to other days.
One way to ensure you get everything done within the scheduled time is by appropriate time management. Here are some of management tips you can put in place to get things done.
Set short term goals
You need to set short term smart goals to benchmark your success. If you have long term goals that are months away, and the final product is the completion of a large project, all you need to do is to set short term achievable and benchmarks to keep track of your journey. Doing so will help you stay motivated and productive throughout the process.
Create a reverse to-do list
While working on a deadline that is a month away, one of the most efficient strategies you can use in project management is to create a reverse to-do list. You can create one by starting with the final long term deadline and working backwards by building milestones to complete during the process. It is very important to keep updating the deadlines and timeframes as your project evolves and challenge yourself to be on track.
Create accountability for yourself
You may be responsible for keeping track of your progress and working towards achieving your goal and holding yourself accountable for your timelines and the benchmarks you have established. Personal accountability is good because it will lead to increased feeling of workplace satisfaction, innovation and creativity. There are a couple of things you can do to promote accountability within yourself. You can share progress goals with others and set up a personal reward system to stay motivated.
Create a schedule
Create a schedule where you can be most productive. You need to plan your most important tasks around the peak hours of your energy and your least important tasks during those times you are on the low. There is no need to spend all your morning hours responding to emails and doing administrative work, whereas you could use that time to do the hardest tasks as your energy are at peak.
Commit to work-life balance
When the tasks before you require months of hard work, it might feel difficult and challenging to step out of your desk when there is so much left to complete. Even if you can’t turn in your final product right away, you should not always stay at work burning the midnight oil trying to get everything done early. You can work more efficiently by setting daily priorities that allow you to set away from your work and recharge when you’ve completed them. You also need to analyze and report on success as well as challenges you encountered along the way.