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Time Management Tips

SSA Time Management Tips

A balanced lifestyle is a positive outcome of effective time management

  • Be realistic with yourself regarding how much you can actually accomplish in a given time period

  • Realize that all tasks are not equally important and set priorities on a daily, weekly and/or monthly basis
  • Once you have prioritized your tasks, make a 'to-do' list and work through the items on your list in priority order

  • Be aware of your peak energy periods and plan to do activities, which require a high level of concentration and performance, during those times

  • Ask yourself "What's the best use of my time right now?" and focus on that particular activity

  • Remember that striving for perfection takes a lot of time and is technically unachievable- complete tasks well enough to get the results you need

  • Realize that many tasks/responsibilities can be delegated to others. Be sure to communicate your expectations clearly

  • Fine-tune your ability to say 'NO' to additional responsibilities that infringe on your personal, work and leisure time

  • Make basic decisions quickly to save your energy for more important and difficult decisions

  • Approach overwhelming responsibilities with a positive attitude

  • If you have an unpleasant task, do it first and get it out of the way. Then reward yourself for accomplishing it.

  • Break large tasks into smaller, achievable ones

  • Set goals and reward yourself when you accomplish them

  • Always remind yourself of the benefits you'll derive from task completion

  • Take control of your environment at home and/or work to establish a conducive place for task involvement and completion

  • Expect interruptions, but come up with methods of dealing with them quickly and get back to your high priority work

  • Schedule in some fun, leisure time

  • Allow flexibility in your schedule

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