Do the First Things First
Learning to prioritize is something that every businessperson needs to do. It's a skill that pays off substantially for the people who take the time to understand it. Not everything needs to be done right now, in this very second. Prioritizing is a skill that takes practice, but it can be done. Every day, look at the things that seem like they need to be done today. Really look at each item, and then ask yourself the question, "Is this item top-priority, or could something more urgent come before this?" Before long, prioritization will be a simple process that will require very little contemplation.
Be the One in Control of the Phone
Handheld devices are often peoples' main focus. The phone can be integral to a business' success, but sometimes it just sucks away a person's time. Be mindful of who is actually in control of the phone, and take the time to notice whether it's being used in a way that is beneficial to time management goals. Sometimes, it's okay for phone calls to go to voice mail if it means that high-priority tasks will be completed more efficiently without that interruption.
Inject Personal Time All Over the Place
Time management isn't only about doing more work in less time, although more work in less time is definitely a goal that is worth striving for. It's good for a businessperson to ask themself what is important. The time is coming to an end where people simply work their lives away, just to find themselves old and regretting that they never spent time on the things they loved in their lives. Now is the time to create a balance of work and play. Now is the time when personal needs, as well as business needs, have to take priority. Inject personal time into a workday and notice how it can be completely revitalizing.
Use a Better Calendar
Every businessperson needs to be using an effective, well-organized, calendar device of some kind. There are numerous applications that can be used on handheld devices that have alerts and notices. These can be really handy, and they can help speed up the amount of time it takes to schedule appointments and make changes to the calendar.
Know that There is Only So Much Time in a Day
Being stressed about time is not fun for anyone. Running here and there without stopping to think about what's actually important is a trap that many business people fall into. Relax with the understanding that not everything can be done today, and it won't all get done today. Accomplishing tasks can be done more efficiently and it's a worthy goal to strive for, but it's equally true that every person can stop and take a deep breath and remember that there really is only so much time in one day.
In 2018, prioritization and balance are integral to time management success. Enjoying each moment while striving to be more efficient will create a more productive year ahead.