When it comes to getting stuff done, it’s important to focus on the time management activities that you do each day. Because without your realizing it, you may have time-wasting tendencies that derail your focus or prevent you from reaching your goals.
However, with a little introspection you can easily change those bad habits into good ones.
It just takes a little effort.
Quick And Easy Time Management Activities That You Can Do Right Now
In order to achieve your goals and create your ideal life, you need to understand the tremendous importance of time management.
Why time management?
Because you only get so much time each day. Once it’s gone there’s no getting more of it. Therefore, the better you can utilize your time, the better your results will be.
By effectively managing your time you can:
- Get higher quality work done
- Move through your daily tasks faster
- And in turn, have more time to work on things that matter to you
So let’s not waste any time.
Take a look at these quick and easy time management activities and start making a change for the better!
Make a to-do list
To start off, here is one of the top time management activities for college students, parents, and busy people alike – the to-do list.
The premise is simple: make a list of everything you want to get done in a certain amount of time.
Doing so will:
- Help reduce the number of things you need to remember
- Be therapeutic
- Help you stay organized as you go about your day
If you’d like some examples of things you can add to your own list, check out our post on productive things to do < there.
Go ahead and create a list for yourself. It’s something that you can do right now that is easy, takes little time, and will help you start better managing your time.
Now I should mention that while it’s good to have a list, there’s a little more to it than just writing things down. The next part of the puzzle is prioritizing your tasks so that you spend your time working on the things that matter.
Prioritize your tasks
Once your list is ready to go, the next step is to rank your list. As far as time management activities go, this is a key component so be sure not to skip it.
To start, it helps to think big picture.
Think of your goals and things you want to achieve. If you aren’t quite sure of what those are, I recommend going through our posts on how to set goals and how to achieve goals first and then come back to this step.
Next, with your goals in mind, rearrange your list so that the most important and challenging tasks are at the top and your least important tasks are at the bottom.
From there, you can begin working through your list. Start at the top and slowly work your way down. By starting with your most important task first, you ensure that you get the right stuff done each day.
And if you run out of time, those lower-level unimportant tasks can get easily pushed to another day or removed from your list altogether.
With your list and plan of attack now ready to go, it’s time to plan.
Plan out your time
One of my favorite time management activities isn’t an activity at all, it’s planning. No, not party planning. Not meal planning. Time planning.
Personally, every Sunday I sit down and plan out my upcoming week.
What does that mean? Well for starters, I:
- Take note of any events, meetings, or upcoming deadlines
- Get focused on my goals for that week
- Create a schedule for each day
Doing this activity has been a game changer in my ability to estimate and properly allocate time.
In fact, it wasn’t until I started planning out my time that I was able to understand how it was being spent. I used to waste so much time without even realizing it!
Now I have a strategy for it each day.
And while I may not always be 100% on task, having a plan for my time has allowed me to see and do what needs to get done much more effectively.
That’s why planning has easily become one of my favorite time management tips.
So try it out for yourself!
No more missed meetings, no more unexpected deadlines, make the time to plan out your week and discover just how productive you can be.
Seek out new ways to do things
One of the best time management activities at your disposal is your ability to learn.
You should always be on the lookout for new ways to do things better and faster. It’s a surefire way to help you grow and improve!
And there are a lot of tools and resources available to help you do just that.
In particular, if you are looking for ways to increase your time management and productivity efforts, I highly recommend you check out our course.
Featuring module after module of valuable strategies, tactics, and lessons, our productivity and time management Super Course is a great resource for you to utilize.
Plus, it covers each of the time management activities within this post with even more depth and detail. It provides step by step instructions that you can easily apply directly to your life!
You can learn more about the course < there.
Or if you want to try out our course for free before enrolling, you can sign up for our free, 6 day bootcamp instead.
Upon sign up, I’ll email you a lesson from the course each day for 6 days. That way you can get a better feel for how I do things without having to commit. It’s a great introduction to the course and you can sign up right here:
When it comes to getting stuff done in noisy environments, one of the best activities for time management in the workplace is reducing distractions.
Now when I mention workplace, that could be an office, a classroom, or a kitchen with a screaming toddler. Really, the workplace is wherever you get work done – whatever work is to you.
As expected in a shared work environment, there will be a constant stream of distractions. With that in mind, actively work to reduce those distractions that you can control.
- Put your phone on airplane mode
- Turn off notifications to your devices
- Use some of the best productivity apps available to help you stay better focused
- Close out of your email application
There is a long list of ways that you can be active in this scenario. So get to it and reduce those distractions!
Keep the big picture in mind
As you work through your day, do yourself a favor and keep the big picture in mind.
What does that mean?
Simply, recognize that everything you do should help you get closer to achieving your goals.
Because, in general, the tasks you do should be guiding you towards a better and brighter future, not away from it.
For example, if your goal is to run your own business but none of your daily tasks have anything to do with that process, then you won’t be making progress in the direction that you want to go. You’ll either be moving backward or not moving at all.
So be aware of the big picture and make sure you’re doing the things that will help you move forward.
If you find yourself with a list of tasks that won’t properly serve you, you need to be active and work to either delegate those tasks out or remove them from your list altogether. Because working on things that are unimportant or non-urgent will waste your time today and push your ideal life even further back tomorrow.
Time Management Activities: Additional Resources
To conclude this list of time management activities, there are a handful of resources that you should work through to grow and improve even further.
Course: As far as courses go, I highly recommend our productivity and time management Super Course.
Bootcamp: When it comes to bootcamps, I suggest you sign up for our free 6 day bootcamp to receive 1 lesson from our course delivered to your inbox each day for 6 days. It’s a great free sampler.
You can learn more about our bootcamp < there.
Articles: Regarding our posts, I recommend you work through the following articles (in no particular order):
- Time management skills
- How to be productive
- Time management strategies
- Goal tracker tools
- Productivity hacks
Moving forward with your time management activities
Use the time management activities above to get more done and bring you closer to your ideal life. It will take time, it will take persistence, but the effort you put in today will yield tremendous results tomorrow.
So get after it! Experiment with the various activities and start changing your life for the better.