Quick Guide to Managing Tasks

Have you ever felt that there’s just not enough time in the day?

Most often, we may be mismanaging time because of our lack of clarity with what is important to us. When you’re very clear about where you’re going and what you want to do, decisions are easier to make and you can get a lot accomplished in a short period of time.

Here's a quick guide to eliminate the task-management nightmare.

1. Plan your work.

Take a few moments to determine where you’re going and how you plan to get there. You don’t have to know all the steps or details; just write down the basic outline as you can see it.

2. Gather your resources.

Get your tools in order so you don’t have to stop once you begin because you are missing something important. What do you need to do this job right?

3. Set a time and work your plan.

Give yourself a deadline. How long will you work on your project? Then follow your outline step-by-step and focus only on the task at hand. Do not check email, answer the phone, or have a conversation with a friend. Facebook and Twitter can wait. If you get lost or distracted, come back to your outline and see what’s next.

Do your best within the deadlines you've set. Avoid being a perfectionist. Settle for an excellent product or work; perfection is not ideal. Now that you've finished your task or project at hand, celebrate, relax, and do something else…like dream about what you are going to do next.