The Ultimate Guide to Time Management

Time management could be summed up in any number of ways, but ultimately boils down to prioritizing what you want to do and when you want to get it done. Whether you apply this to your career or your everyday life in general, you will find that with good time management you can get things done you never thought possible. By putting a majority of your time into that tasks that offer the greatest reward, you can cut the time actually doing said task in half, thus giving you more free time. After all, that is what everyone wants right, more free time?

How Will Time Management Help You?

With better use of your time, your free time will become more abundant. Imagine being able to get your school work done in half the time, your daily errands done in a third of the time, and cutting out all the miscellaneous things you do to waste time everyday.

For starters, you would feel better about yourself because you are more in control than ever before. You may appear to others as though you're trying extra hard, when in reality you are working less (but more efficiently). If you are an online degree student, think how good it would feel to not have to pull any more all-nighters just to get your assignments in on time?

Reasons to Manage Your Time

Aside from the obvious benefit of more free time, there are a number of reasons to work on your time management.

  • Efficient time managers experience less stress, both in the workplace and in their personal lives
  • Nothing is bound to stress you out more then rushing to get something done last minute. Everyone works 'faster' under pressure not necessarily better, and that's because you don't have a choice, you have to get it done so you buckle down and work
  • With less stress weighing you down, you may even feel an increase in your self esteem. Well now you can start doing the things your really want to do, things you don't normally have the time to do
  • With less wasted time over the course of a day, you may have time to work on your garden, run those extra few miles, or watch your favorite television show

Tips for Time Management

A good way to start off managing your time better is to:

  1. Create a To-Do List: A to-do list will allow you to create a visual of all the important tasks in your life. Being able to see what you need to get done is often times a great step forward to remembering and prioritizing your tasks. Break down everything you have to do within a certain time frame, whether it be an eight-hour work day or over the course of a week. Assign your tasks by  levels of importance, starting with the most important on top. Now instead of worrying about everything that needs to get done you can simply concentrate on the most important things first, leaving the rest to get done as time allows. You may at first think all tasks share the same amount of importance, but as your get your list down on paper you can start to really get a good idea of what needs to come first.
  2. Utilize Websites and Apps: Websites and mobile applications are great resources for time management issues. These sites may vary from some one's own personal experience and goals, to a corporate site that helps define what good time management is in the business world.
  3. Find Relevant Software: There are hundreds of different software programs you could use to help with your time management while in online college. They do everything from keeping track of your day-to-day activities, planning things weeks in advance, and help track every aspect of your business.
  4. Read Up: To get a really good understanding of time management, check out one of the many books on the subject. Websites or blogs may not give you quite the in depth look into it as a dedicated book will. Now how to choose which book is the tricky part. You can use a wealth of on-line review sites that cover paper backs and get your suggestions from there. Amazon, for example, offers more than 400 books on every aspect and possible angle you could view a time management problem.
  5. Find Time Managment Blogs: Just as reading a book may give you good insight into different aspects of time management, so can reading blogs dedicated to time management. A blog you may find to be more suitable, as most people blog what they truly feel. Sites like  

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