If you’ve ever had one of those days where the appointments don’t seem to end, the clients never seem satisfied, and your patients don’t want to cooperate, you’re certainly not alone. We’ve all experienced the overwhelming feeling of having too much to do and too little time. Better time management can help you do more, reduce stress and experience a better quality of life.
Here are some tips for improving your time management skills from the October issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource:
Plan each day. Abiding by a schedule minimizes conflicts and last-minute tasks. Create a to-do list each day with the most important tasks at the top. Even if you don’t complete the list, you’ll know your time was spent constructively.
Delegate. Your team members are qualified to help you with certain tasks. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Take time to do a quality job. Doing a task the right way might take longer, but you’ll save time in the long run by avoiding mistakes.
Practice the 10-minute rule. Take 10 minutes each day to work on those tasks you just dread. Once you start a task, you might find yourself pushing through until you’re finished.
Evaluate how you’re spending your time. Keep a diary for three days to track the things you’re accomplishing. Look for areas where time could be spent more wisely.
Get plenty of exercise and sleep. You’ll feel and look better, and improved focus and concentration will lead to increased efficiency.
Take a time management course. Employers, community colleges, and community education programs often offer these classes.
Take a break when needed. Too much stress can spoil any attempts at getting organized. So take a walk, do some stretches, or read a magazine.
If stress becomes too overwhelming, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Consider discussing your situation with a doctor or mental health professional.