Planning and scheduling your time does not have to be difficult. Use the following time management techniques alone or in combination to improve the time management.
Keeping a diary (only one, mind you)
Most people have a diary, either on paper or on their phone, even two – one for business and one for personal use. Some people have even more – one at work, one at home, and one for personal use – but many people don’t have any at all, holding it in their heads or relying on others.
How do you choose the appropriate diary? If you want paper-based, it doesn’t matter if it’s a page-a-day or a week-at-a-glance view, as long as your diary is large enough and has enough space to write down anything you need to schedule during the day.
An A5 diary is ideal for carrying around in a briefcase or handbag, but determine the size you want based on how you plan to use it. Electronic calendars are only useful while you’re working on your computer, and they’re not really portable unless you print them out or synchronize them with a hand-held device.
Big picture on the wall
A рlаnner pinned to the wall, as well as a daily diary, is often useful. You can use a monthly calendar or a large year planner that gives you a big picture view of the whole year at a glance and also lets other people know what’s going on or where you are (if that is needed).
A teаm mау hаvе оnе planner tо track hоldау, preparation, and out-of-office dау in the office. If you all use the same one, you’ll know who’s doing what and when, and you’ll be able to avoid conflicts, particularly on holidays. If anyone uses the wall planner, you can color code who’s who.
Having a wall planner pinned up in the office is quicker and easier to check
At home, you can create a large month or year planner for the entire family to use, including tracking holidays, important school days, family birthdays, social events, work commitments, and doctor appointments.
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Personal organizers, whether electronic or paper-based, expand the function of a basic diary and can make life easier by allowing you to keep all of your essential information in one place. You don’t have to lug around a diary or address book, because your actions are separated.
Personal organizers made of paper, such as Flоfаx and Frаnkln Orgаnizеr, are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. You can do a page-a-day or a week-at-a-glance, and there’s typically space to jot down ideas, lists, and notes.
Fold-out year planners, expense lists, and to-do lists are examples of additional functionality. Find a size and format that suits your working style and how you want to use it.