10 Time Management Errors most of us make (Part 1)
It's a shame that most people fall into the trap of the most common time management errors, when they can easily be avoided. While some of us feel overwhelmed and stressed, others believe they have far too much time at their hands. As a result, they can't find the energy to get out of their rut and get the task done step-by-step.
Did you recognize yourself in any of these categories? Here you'll discover the 10 most common time management mistakes.
1. Lack of Proper Planning on Weekends
Although most people plan ahead what they must do during the working week, they fail to apply the same principles to their leisure time. They waste one weekend after another before they finally catch themselves thinking about the things they could be doing instead of actually doing them.
There's no need to plan every moment, but if you have absolutely no idea how to spend your weekend, you'll just end up with more wasted opportunities. Plan ahead and see how much more you can get out of your day! Allow for 3 to 5 activities, such as jogging or going for a walk in the morning, time with a book or listening to music, gardening or going shopping in the afternoon, and cinema or dinner with friends in the evening.
On Monday morning, you will feel as if you've had a mini holiday. With proper planning, you will be spending your weekends productively instead of just loafing around the house.
2. Never Looking Beyond Today
It is a common mistake not to look ahead at what could be accomplished in the future. Successful businesspeople and those who achieved amazing things in their lives are not called visionaries for nothing! They looked beyond "today" and envisaged what might be. Ask yourself a few "what ifs" every day. What needs to be done over the upcoming days to achieve an attainable goal? Just thinking about what you have already accomplished and what you still need to do will be inspirational. Suddenly, you'll feel an urge to act towards the goals you have in mind.
3. Forgetting the Initial Goals and Targets
Instead of focusing on the goals and targets people started out with, they often forget about them and concentrate entirely on temporary stages. Focus on the things that really matter and propel towards the goals and targets you have set! Otherwise, you won't be spending your time productively.
For example, when problems occur, people will focus on the current result. They will try to apportion blame to others instead of focusing on the potential solutions. In other words, a salesperson is there to sell, not to meet and greet customers for the sake of meeting and greeting them. Each one of your action is targeted towards particular goals. Keep them in mind!
4. Failing to Seize the Day
The old adage "the early bird gets the worm" is certainly true and borne out by success stories of industry leaders across the globe. Nearly all of them begin their days early. Virgin Group's Richard Branson gets up at 5.45 am every day to do his daily exercise regime, while Howard Schultz, the man who came up with the Starbucks concept, rises at 4.30 am nearly every day. Time Cook, the CEO of Apple, starts his day at 4.30 am; and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher functioned on just 4 hours sleep per night.
People who start their day late feel rushed and pressured all day. They usually skip breakfast and have to run for the bus, or they get stuck in the traffic jam. As a result, they usually arrive late at the office. The stress spoils their working day before it even begins. Be an early bird, not a later riser, and make the most out of every waking moment!
5. Not Creating a To-Do List
To-do lists help us understand priorities and focus on what's important. For that reason, they are most certainly NOT a waste of time. They prepare us for what we need to accomplish every day. With each tick we have a sense of achievement. That gives us more confidence to tackle the next item on the list.
Not only do these lists remind us of what we need to do on a specific day, but they also train us to get into a habit of making the most of our time. Even if it takes you a while to get used to following a to-do list, persevere and you'll soon see the benefits of this method.