Are you a good time manager? If you are thinking “no,” then you are not alone. Here are 14 tips to help you manage your time better:
- Carry a schedule or find a good calendar app for your phone. Record all thoughts and activities for the week.
- Write a to-do checklist. Break down tasks into categories like URGENT, TODAY, THIS WEEK, THIS MONTH, THIS YEAR. Spend time first thing in the morning to plan your day.
- Assign every activity or task with an appointment time. Leave enough time for interruptions.
- Eat a frog. Whatever is your most dreaded task of the day, do that one first.
- Learn to say no to commitments you do not care about or don’t have time for.
- Purchase your favorite case management software and put it to work for you.
- Put up a “do not disturb” sign when you have to get work done.
- Close out of email and place your phone on mute. Make appointment times during the day to answer email and phone calls (9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m.). Think of those as people walking into your office without an appointment.
- Cut your smartphone on silent or if the option is available, set your phone to automatically send out a text message or voicemail to texters/callers when you are unavailable.
- Avoid social media websites. Make appointments to check those during the morning or evening.
- Set a timer or your stopwatch to challenge yourself to do a certain task in a certain amount of time.
- Ask your staff to follow these tips for their own schedules and encourage them to meet these goals.
- Review what you did not get done and reevaluate your checklist.
- Remember Rome was not conquered in a day.
Check out these helpful website tips to help you manage your time wisely:
- Time Management Tips for Entrepreneurs (Lifehack)
- 5 Time Management Tips for Lawyers (Law Technology Today)
- Tomatoes Time Management is a Super Customizable Pomodoro Timer for Mac (Lifehacker)
- The Best to Do Apps (Techlicious)
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