Time Management Mistakes

Video Transcript

Learn how to overcome several common time management mistakes.

How many times have you forgotten to do something important, because you didn't write it down or set a reminder?

Or, how often do you feel overloaded because you've said "yes" to too many people, and overcommitted yourself?

Many of us can relate to these situations because they are common time management mistakes we all know we should be avoiding. Mistakes like these can cause stress, lower your productivity, and impact the quality of your work. They can also cause you to miss out on your goals.

This is why it's important to identify the time management mistakes you're making, and learn strategies to overcome each one. 

One common mistake is to not use a To-Do List effectively. When you don't write things down, it's easy to forget what you need to do, and to let people down as a result.

It’s also important to remember To-Do Lists can get overwhelmed when we take on too many projects – if this happens to you, consider using an Action Program instead.

Another common mistake is not prioritizing. When you don't prioritize tasks, you can end up spending a lot of time on things that, in the end, aren't that important. Getting your priorities right will also help you reduce the stress you feel when you have a lot of work on.

Not knowing how to manage distractions is another major time management mistake. This can cost you hours of wasted time each day.

So, make sure you know how to manage interruptions. And turn off your phone and email alerts when you need to concentrate.

Another common mistake is saying "yes" to too many tasks and commitments. Chances are, you want to help friends and colleagues whenever you can. But when you overextend yourself, you don't have the time or energy to do your best work.

You should also avoid multitasking. Some people think this is actually a good strategy to maximize time.

The truth is it can take 20-40 percent longer to accomplish your work when your do more than one task at a time.

Even worse, you're likely to do both tasks poorly, because you simply can't concentrate fully when you're doing two things at once.

These are just some of the time management mistakes you need to avoid.

Now, read the article that accompanies this video, and learn how to take better control of your time, and achieve more.

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