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8 Tips for Time Management Success

Many people want to achieve time management success, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Most of us have lots of gadgets which should make like easier and yet many people try to pack far too much into their lives and are constantly feeling stressed or are in danger of burning out because they are trying to juggle too many competing responsibilities. However, there are people who do manage their time effectively and are able to fit in the things that are most important to them and achieve the success they want in different areas of their life.

If you belong in the former group then the time to start doing something about it is now. There are is no magic formula to achieving time management success. If you show commitment, prioritise and delegate as appropriate and show perseverance you will be successful in managing your time more effectively. Listed below are 8 tips for time management success. Implement the ones that resonate with you. If you really want to make a change.

1. Recognise that you have a problem

It may sound obvious, but unless you recognise that you have a problem and realise the impact poor time management has on your life, your families, friends and work colleagues. Make a list of all the different areas in your life where time management is an issue.

2. Want to change

Many people talk about improving their time management skills, but then say there is nothing they can do about it. Of course this is nonsense. If you really want to acquire successful time management skills then you have to not only want to change, but also take specific actions which will have a positive impact on your life.

3. Cut back

One of the common reasons why people can’t manage their time, is they are often trying to do too much at once. When you’re ready to start this process be prepared to cut some things out. You cannot do everything or be everything to all people, so don’t even try.

4. Prioritise

Decide on your priorities. What are the things that are most important to you? If you don’t prioritise the things you have to do and that matter most to you, you’ll find that you’re wasting time which could be used more effectively. Look at the list you have compiled and make sure you clarify the things that matter most.

5. Delegate

If you’re the sort of person who wants to do everything, because you think you do it better than other people, you need to think again. If there’s things you can delegate then do so, and don’t waste time thinking that you could have done it better. Sometimes you just have to let go!

6. Adopt a system

If you’re going to have time management success, you need to have some sort of system to track your time and what you’re doing with it. Whether you’re someone who maintains a diary, likes to do lists, a weekly schedule, personal development plan .... it doesn’t really matter. It’s likely that you’re use more than one thing. What’s matters most is that you have a system that works for you. Try something different if one thing isn’t working for you and keep track of your progress.

7. Be realistic

Whenever you want to change something it’s important that you understand your baseline (ie starting point). That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be ambitious and want to make lots of changes, but you also don’t want to set yourself up for failure by trying to change too much too quickly. New habits take some time to establish.

8. Build in wriggle room

Don’t make the mistake of allocating every minute of the day to something. If you do, you’re setting yourself up for failure and will find that you miss deadlines or events when the unexpected happens. Build in some wriggle room so that you can cope with the unexpected.


If you have an over-packed schedule it can be difficult to get a grip on managing your time, and yet if you do so you will reap many benefits including feeling less stressed and achieve greater success in your professional or personal life. You need to commit to making some changes, use a system that works for you and track your progress. Remember new habits can take a while to become established but it will come and it’s worth persevering.

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