Time Management Tips

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Some days it would be nice to have more than one extra hour in the day. While you can’t pull more hours out of thin air, you can maximize the potential of the time you do have by improving your time management. You can also use good time management to identify areas that need more attention and track progress toward your goals. Here are six tips to help you get more out of your day.

  1. Start with goals

    What are you trying to accomplish? Establish a list of goals. Then, separate your goals in order of importance. What do you absolutely need to get done today? That should be your top priority.

  2. Build around your energy levels

    We all have different levels of energy throughout the day. Perhaps you’re a morning person, or you don’t get into high gear until the afternoon. Maybe you get a second wind in the evening. Whatever your pattern, track it so that you can arrange to have the most important and intensive tasks occur during the part of the day when your energy levels are highest.

  3. Have a plan before your day starts

    Don’t waste valuable time early in your day trying to scramble to figure out what you’re doing that day. End each day by building your plan for the next day. When you know your plan ahead of time, you can gain momentum by knocking out tasks from the get-go.

  4. Prioritize

    Arrange your tasks in order of importance. Always try to complete the most important ones first because these will usually have the greatest impact on your goals. Try to document how long it takes you to complete each, which can help you more accurately gauge the amount of time it takes to complete tasks in the future.

  5. Automate

    Technology can be your ally. For example, if you have to fill out many digital forms online, you could use an app that automatically fills in your information, saving you time. Do you get flooded with numerous emails? Using smart labels in Gmail or rules in Outlook can automatically sort emails you receive based on sender or keywords. Tired of spending time sorting through and paying bills? You can set up automatic bill payments in your BancorpSouth Online Banking or MyBXS mobile app.

  6. Avoid distractions

    When you’re distracted, it might take a while to get your focus back. Examples of distractions could include daydreaming, stopping for snacks, making personal phone calls, surfing the web, sending personal emails, playing computer games, and engaging in other forms of procrastination. If you find you need a change of pace, switch up a couple of the tasks to keep things fresh.

By following these time management tips, you’ll be on your way to getting more time out of your day.