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Are you constantly finding yourself behind at work or school?
Do you arrive at the end of day and realize you’ve accomplished nothing on your to-do list?
Well, odds are you are not very good at time management, and that is not doing your psychological health any favors.
In fact, a study published in Work & Stress found that workers who didn’t productively manage their time felt less in control of their lives.
Here’s the good news: you can get better.
Paying attention to how you spend your time will help you manage it more effectively, and we’re gonna help you learn how to do just that.
Today on WellCast, we're gonna get you in control of your day with our RAC method:
recording, analyzing, and changing, three easy steps to great time management.
Pause and print a copy of our handy WellCast day planner. Finished printing? Let's dive in.
Step one: recording. When you wake up tomorrow, note the time in your day planner.
As the day progresses, write down everything that you do. Yes, we mean everything.
The ten minutes you spend getting dressed, a half day of productive work, the hours you spend between social networking sites, we mean it all.
Keep this up from the time you wake up until you go to sleep.
Step two: analyzing. At the end of the day, go through this schedule and highlight any chunks of time that you don’t feel were used productively.
Pick out your five biggest time wasters in your day. Be honest with yourself.
You spent a half an hour by the coffee machine talking to your co-worker, you spent an hour on Facebook, and you stared into space for 20 minutes.
Come on, you get the picture. Especially focus on the time wasters at work.
Why? A study published by the British Medical Journal says that workplace stress is minimized by effective time management.
It also says that workplace stress bleeds over into home life and undermines a relaxed life at home.
Here’s the ugly part: add up all the time you wasted.
How much productive time did you blow on activities that got you no results?
Step three: changing. Now it’s time to come up with a way to get that time back.
Here are three ways to change your time wasting habits and become a better time manager.
Prioritize. To-do lists are a really effective way to manage your time and your priorities.
Limit the number of tasks you have on this list to 5, and assign rankings to them in order of importance.
Declutter. Not only is decluttering great for your health, but you won’t waste time digging around piles of stuff to find that one piece of paper that you really need.
Check out our WellCast on clutter for some helpful tips on lightening your load.
Schedule. Hey, we all try to kill two birds with one stone.
But odds are, multitasking will actually just stress you out and delay you even more.
Instead, set aside blocks of time for individual activities. For each activity, set start and stop points.
This way your day is cleanly segmented. Then, stick to this schedule.
Try going one week using these tips to reduce your wasted time.
At the end of a week, go figure out where you've improved your time management skills and how much time you've saved.
Let’s recap! Today you learned how to manage your time better by using our WellCast RAC method.
You recorded, analyzed and hopefully changed how you use your time.
And you did this by learning how to prioritize your most important tasks, declutter your workplace to save you time,
and you learned how to build yourself an effective schedule to block out your day.
Hey, how did RAC work for you? We want to hear how much time you were wasting and how much you're saving now.
Tweet us at @watchwellcast, email us at [email protected], or leave a comment down below.
We’ll see you next time.
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How to Manage Your Time Better

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Gisele Sung published on November 11, 2014
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