You know, I bet a lot of us thought that when the computer and the Internet hit big time that we'd be making life a lot easier and there would be a lot more time for us to do other things. Yet, it actually seems that since all of this started we've become even busier than ever before. With all that we seem to be doing it seems hard to figure out how we can get all the things done in the short amount of time we have. That's why you need to learn how to manage your time.
The first thing you need to do is to create yourself a schedule or a “To Do” list that you can put down all of the deadlines that you might have for completing a variety of tasks. Some tasks might be a lot more important than others and that's why putting a deadline down on your schedule will help you remember the more important things that you need to focus on. It's also a good idea to try and take care of all the more difficult tasks when you are the most alert. You'll be able to get them done more efficiently and quicker if you do this.
You also need to make sure that even though you have a lot of things to do, you still need to remember to schedule in time for other people and that includes time for yourself.. You need to create in your schedule some personal time. If that means that you just take 30 minutes to have to yourself for some quiet time or go for a walk, whatever make sure that you include this. If you are married, you should include a weekly date with your spouse in your schedule. If you aren't married then make sure to schedule something with your friends each week.
It is also important that you make sure that you prioritize all the things that you need to accomplish in a day, in a week or even in a month. Generally about 20% of all you do are truly top priority so it is worth your time to figure out and isolate that 20% so that you can make sure that these things are always taken care of first. This way it will be a lot easier for you to schedule out your other 80% and you might even find out that you have more time than you originally thought.
You should also learn to know how and when to delegate as many of the chores around work or home that you possibly can. You need to hand out projects to employees if you are in charge of a group of people and you need to be able to learn to recruit the help of children or your spouse to do things around the house.
You should also learn how to say no to any demands put on you and your time if these things are not essential to you or your family. Make sure to not to volunteer for some committee if you really don't have time to do it. Don't feel pressured into it by someone playing a guilt trip on you.
Stop procrastinating. Procrastination is simply one of the biggest things that will get in the way of you not being able to follow a schedule and sticking to it. You also need to avoid trying to be perfect. That's a waste of time because no one is perfect and by wasting your time trying to be perfect is only taking time away from other things that you could be doing.