It can be hard to manage your time, especially if you have a busy schedule or lots of distractions. But sometimes, you need to make the effort to really focus and manage your time so you can be productive. These ten tips can help you stay on task and manage your time so you can do what you need to do every day.

  • Pay attention to how you spend your time so you know what areas need to be adjusted. The more you know about what you do, the easier it is to do what you need to do.
  • Eliminate things that take up too much time and energy each day (that can be eliminated). This can leave more time for things you need to do during the day.
  • Take mini breaks to give your brain a chance to recharge before jumping into the next task or project. Pushing through work will wear you out and you’ll start slowing down in your productivity.
  • Remember that people usually underestimate how much time a task will take to complete. Make sure you budget enough time for the tasks you need to get done.
  • Instead of worrying about not having enough time to get everything done, focus on what you can accomplish in a given time period. Thinking backward can give you a new and more productive perspective.
  • Be ready for your day right when it starts so you don’t spend all morning getting going. Procrastination can be easier at the beginning of the day, but if you start working right away, it’s easier to keep going.
  • Ignore your email when you need to be productive and manage your time well. Reading an email may only take five minutes, but when you get lots of emails each day, that time can add up!
  • Focus on doing the things that are most worth your time. That way you don’t waste what time you have.
  • Stick to your schedule so your tasks don’t take so long that you have no down time.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep so you have the energy to be productive!