Time Management

Time management can be a tricky subject, simply because everybody's different. Personalities, priorities, and outlooks will vary, and so will the system that works best for you. Before you can determine what methods work best for you, take a look at your personality and habits, then tackle a system.

Activity Personalities

Determining your activity personality will help get you started in the right direction. The key to effective time management is figuring out when you operate best. Some people are early birds; some people are night owls. Do you feel exhilarated and ready to go in the morning or does it take you several cups of coffee to even feel awake? Are you ready for bed at 9 o'clock, or can you stay up until 3 in the morning, still alert and active? Or perhaps you're right in the middle -- with your most efficient time being right after lunch.

When possible, schedule your most challenging or thoughtful tasks for the times when you are most alert and active. If your brain operates at full speed first thing in the morning, start with the most difficult things you have to do. If not, ease in to your day with tasks you can do by rote and then build up to more challenging projects as the day progresses.

Scheduling Systems

General Tips

Working With Work

The actual format for your day may be dictated by your work schedule. Ideally, we would all be able to have a job that works with our skill set, and enables us to work when we are most efficient. Since that doesn't always happen, the best we can do is work with what we've got.

When it's not possible too adjust tasks according to your personality, just do your best. Take your time with tasks when you're not at your peak so as to avoid mistakes. If you have a creative project to work on, take care of mundane tasks during your less-than-stellar times, and save the creative thinking for when you're at your best.