Suppose you had the time to squeeze 32 hours of work into 24.
Although agendas differentiate, statistics show that those ranging 16-25 years old have the ability to multitask to the highest degree. More specifically, those within such age bracket have the assets to squeeze 32 hours of work into 24.
Suppose all of those ranging from 16-25 are students or just graduating college. You’re an entrepreneur; so are they. The most beneficial aspect for a younger generation in terms of time management and multi-tasking is this: they are given a strict to do list.
Students are provided with a weekly curriculum and agenda from professors, teachers, extracurricular activity instructors, managers from part time jobs, etc. Such schedules incorporate adjustment, which eventually leaves the student to some sort of flexibility to a social life.
How often do you get the opportunity to dine out with old friends? Better yet, how often do you get to take your beautiful wife or dashing husband out for a romantic dinner? Of course, you probably wouldn’t think twice to go out on a weekday, especially with a schedule as mentioned above.
Students, however, are always trying to find time for a social life. Although their schedules are just as hectic, students are able to rearrange their schedule tactfully even with the schedules provided by their superiors. Of course, their age has a great deal to do with adapting to new forms of technology, but be rest assured because you have the ability to become more time efficient as well.
Listed below are a variety of tactics that will be useful and essential with improving your time management skills. It may not be easy at first, but I am sure you will appreciate these guidelines once you have properly adjusted to the changes.
• Create a Time Activity Log (Search time activity log in Google to find templates)
• Within that Time log, record the times you are feeling different (I.E. tired, energized, relaxed, etc.)
• Create a regiment log of ALL activities, chores, e-mails sent, work completed, television watched, social activity, etc. for one week.
• Write a list of what is most important to you and what you wish you could be doing with your time
• Write a list of what you could potentially cut out of your schedule to ensure yourself more time
• Write a list of what objectives you would like to reach and how you could reach them
• Write your tasks as A,B,C’s (A being most important, C being least important)
Since we are in the era of technological advancements, it is not only smart, but crucial as well to take advantage of the internet. Set up an automatic pay period for bills, splurge for that new SmartPhone where you can communicate more efficiently, even consider an Ipad. By adapting to the changes of technology in your spare time, you are keeping up with the changes while saving time. Eventually, you could also be saving money from the time you are saving. Investments pay off. Companies are consistently searching for new technology. If you are comfortable with such, you are already differentiating yourself from leading competitors.
After completing the bulleted guidelines above, you will start noticing a trend in your daily agenda.
• Instead of completing extra tasks for your boss to notice, take that time to send out your work e-mails that would provide you with profitability.
• Schedule your most difficult tasks during the time you are feeling your best (see your time log!)
• Reduce the amount of time spent on personal activities, such as making coffee. Instead, rotate with your husband or wife, or even set it up the previous night before!
• Look at all possible ways to multitask
Guaranteed, you will find activities that you could easily cut out to ensure an extra hour with loved ones or leisure. At the same time, you’ll have the ability to effectively compete with those graduating college. In a competitive economy, all of the tools, tactics, and time management skills are needed to succeed. Do you think you have what it takes? Good luck!