Do you ever wonder how some people manage to get a mountain of things accomplished without looking as though they just completed a triathlon, asks Michael Eckerman? I remember many days when my stress level was high and my schedule looked like that of 6 people. If I did manage to get everything done I had planned, I was barely lucid afterward. The exhaustion showed in my face, my speech, and even my appearance. I looked and felt like I had been thru the ringer, and I had.
Although it feels today like I do much less than I used to, in reality, that is not the case. The truth is, I’ve become more efficient.
Efficiency is one main elements effective time management. Efficiency comes in many forms but here are some examples you can apply in your life
- Delegating tasks where possible
- Combining tasks – “killing two birds with one stone.”
- Eliminating time wasting tasks – or finding different methods to reach the same goal
Planning is another element of good time management. Planning is the best way to be prepared for change and rearranging, reminds Michael Eckerman.
- Sometimes I worry about the use of the word “plan” because it creates an unrealistic permanency in people’s mind, so I always follow it up this, says Michael Eckerman. Although good planning is essential, it doesn’t mean that you will stick to that plan. In fact, proper planning just allows you to be better prepared for change. When you plan your day accordingly, you can more easily move things around when the need arises and have a good idea on what’s left to do so that rearranging doesn’t completely throw you off track. It sounds odd but planning is the best way to prepare for change.
- Relinquishing Control and Delegation Being a good delegator comes with releasing that controlling part of ourselves that is neither healthy nor helpful in good time management. This was always a tough one for me and one I probably struggled with the most. My issues stemmed mainly from a trust perspective where I just wouldn’t let others take over a task in case they didn’t do it right. Like that was the end of the world right? It was my old rigid self and now looking back I can see how much-unneeded stress it actually caused me.
My new motto is let others take on responsibilities that you don’t have the time to do. It’s a win-win for everyone. You start to learn a lot about the people you work closely with such as their strengths and weaknesses. Eventually, this leads to everyone doing the tasks they do best. This, of course, leads to a winning team all around, shares Michael Eckerman.