5 common time management mistakes still being made in 2020
Updated: 4 days ago
With everyone working from home and having manic work and life schedules, life is becoming difficult to manage. If it's not your kids nagging you or your dog barking to go outside, then you have another work meeting or you forgot to drink that cuppa tea because of lost time.
When it comes to time management, it is easy to fall into the trap of making some common time management mistakes. Below I have the 5 most common time management mistakes people still make in 2020.
Not keeping a to-do list:
This can be so easily forgotten but so crucial to how you perform throughout the day. We all have things to do during the day, and writing these tasks down takes the stress out of the mind of having to remember them.
If you start your day out by writing down a to-do list and plan out your most important tasks for the day, then you're going in the right direction of saving time. Ideally, it is best to write out your to-do lists in the morning, this is because your mind is fully refreshed and able to put its full concentration into it. However, for some, writing down to-do lists before you finish your day can also be a benefit, as you're more aware of what you have completed that day and can focus on what is needed to be completed tomorrow.
Keeping distractions close by:
If you want to use your time to the best of your capability then getting rid of all distractions is an essential element to saving time. However, people still get distracted. There are simple ways for which you can prevent this, like putting your phone away, turning off the tv, locking yourself in a room, checking your email. There are many distractions in this crazy world so what I would suggest you do is plan out sections during your day to allow for these distractions. This will ease the pressure of having to check every 5 or 10 minutes.
Trying to make everything perfect:
Most people have fallen in this trap and I cannot deny that I have done this myself. This can be one of the biggest time wasters out there. If you're waiting for perfection then you will be waiting a very long time and in the end not get anything done. If you want to beat this time waster then you have to realise that not everything can be perfect and you have to accept that you can only do the best you can.
Another common mistake in time management is over-committing yourself. It is great to write a to-do list and set out your daily plan but if you happen to have to much on that list it can become overwhelming, and in the end, lead to more procrastination.
So many people agree to say yes before they look at what they have going on personally. Spreading yourself too thin, can waste your time and energy and limit what you can achieve in a day. Look and the pros and cons before agreeing to something.
Not getting enough rest:
Everyone has goals and everyone wants to get close and closer to these goals as quick as possible. You end up spending countless hours working on your projects but don't consider the amount of rest you're getting.
Let's slow down and take a moment to relax and process your thoughts to think about what you did for the day and what went well and what didn't. Reflecting and taking the time to relax and take your mind of business pays off and reduces stress levels.
Overall, time management can be tricky to understand and make you feel like other people around you always seem to get way more done. Take a second to examine your typical workday and note down whether you’re making any of these common mistakes above so you can gain more of your time back.