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  How well do you manage your time? If you are like many of us, your answer may be “Not too well.” You may often feel like there is not enough time in a day. Perhaps you even find you constantly have to work late hours to hit your deadlines. Maybe you even feel too busy that you miss meals and sleep. These are all classic signs that you may not be managing your time effectively.

  你管理时间的能力如何?如果你和很多人一样,那你的答案很可能是“不是太好。” 你可能经常感觉时间不够用,也许还会发现自己总是经常加班到很晚才能在最后期限前完成任务。或许你忙得都废寝忘食了。这些都是比较典型的现象,说明你可能无法有效地管理自己的时间。

  Benjamin Franklin once said that time is money. Just like money, time must be managed properly. If you manage time properly you find the right balance between your work, leisure and rest time. You effectively accomplish the things that matter most in your life. On top of that, you reduce your stress level and feel a lot happier. To help you manage time more effectively, here are ten proven time management skills you should learn today.


  1. Set Goals


  Goals give you a vision, focus and destination to work towards. They help you have a clear mind on where you want to go and how best to manage your time and resources to get there. By setting goals, you are able to identify what’s worth spending your time on and what’s a distraction to avoid.


  Start by asking yourself where you want to be in six months time. You can go further and look at where you want to be in the next year or even decade from now. Set personal and professional goals that are realistic and achievable. This is a crucialstep toward ensure you manage your time better.


  2. Prioritize


  Prioritizing cannot be overemphasized when it comes to effective time management. It can be difficult to know what tasks to tackle first, especially when a flood of tasks all seem urgent. It is, however, relatively easy to prioritizeactivities if you have clear goals already set. Ask yourself three basic questions to know what tasks should take first priority:


  Why am I doing this task or activity?


  How does this task help me achieve my goals?


  To what extent does this task I’m doing help me achieve my goals?


  Do the most important things first.


  3. Keep a Task List


  A task list (or “to-do list”) is a reminder system that tells you when you need to do what. Keeping a to-do list helps you remain organized and on top of things. It helps break things down into small, manageable tasks or steps so that you never forget to do the important stuff. Don’t try to remember everything you need to do in your head. In most cases, trying to remember everything won’t work. Instead, keep a to-do list. A simple daily, weekly or monthly planner on a note pad or diary can do.


  Write down the things you need to do, including meetings, appointments and deadlines. Prioritize items on your list by listing items in order of importance from high priority to low priorities items or highlighting urgent or important tasks on your list with an asterisk. Cross out completed tasks as often as you add new tasks on your task list to ensure you keep moving forward.


  4. Schedule Tasks


  “A schedule defends from chaos and whim,” says author Annie Dillard. If you are a morning person and find you are at your most creative and productive early in the morning, schedule high-value tasks in the morning at your peak creative/productive time. If your creativity and energy picks up when the sun is setting, schedule high priority tasks then. Your “down” time can be scheduled for less important tasks like checking e-mail or returning phone calls.


  Understand your rhythm of peak and dead times and schedule tasks appropriately to make the most of peak times. Remember you don’t find time for important things; you make time for important things best by scheduling.


  5. Focus on One Task at a Time


  You get more done in the least time possible when you toggle between talking on your cell phone, browsing the internet and jotting down notes, right? Wrong! According to a study published by the American Psychological Association, you actually spend between 20 and 40 percent more time when you multitask. Besides costing you time and efficiency, multitasking can also reduce the quality of your work.

  当你一边打电话、一边浏览网页、一边记笔记,你在最短的时间内完成了更多的事情。对吗?错!根据美国心理协会的发表的一项研究, 当你进行多任务处理时,你所花的时间多了20%到40%。除了浪费时间、降低效率外,多任务处理也降低了工作的质量。

  Forget multitasking. You don’t get on top of your workload by multitasking. Focus more on completing one task at a time. Completing tasks in sequence one at a time leads to better use of time, says the study researchers. Switching from one task to another does not usually lend itself to good use of time.


  6. Minimize Distractions


  Whether it’s client e-mail alerts, phone calls from friends or IM chats with prospects while working, distractions are a hindrance to effective use of time. Distractions break your concentration, lower your productivity and often prevent you from completing important tasks on time. They can also cause stress.

  在工作时无论是客户端的电子邮件提醒、或是朋友的电话、还是IM的聊天窗口, 这些干扰都阻止你有效地利用时间。分心会打断你的注意力,降低你的效率,经常让你无法按时完成重要的任务。这些也会导致压力。

  Identify what is distracting you from doing core tasks and put a stop to it. Kill that television and turn off your Internet connection and IM chat. Put up a “Do not disturb” or similar sign at the entrance of your dedicated work space to prevent interruptions. Just do whatever it takes to minimize distractions. This ensures you take control of your days and maximizes your productivity.


  7. Overcome Procrastination


  Edward Young, the English poet best remembered for Night Thoughts, once said procrastination is the thief of time. Don’t put off tasks that you should be focusing on right now and let procrastination steal your time. Remind yourself that the best time to do somethings is usually NOW. Push yourself a little harder to beat procrastination and get what needs to be done DONE.


  An effective strategy to beat procrastination is to tell yourself you are only going to embark on a project for a few minutes, say ten minutes. Once you start the project, your creative juices will start flowing. You will then find you want to continue with the task and quite possibly take it to the end. The trick to beat procrastination can be as simple as devoting a small amount of time to start. Just that!


  8. Take Breaks


  Unless you are Superman, you can’t sustain working long hours on end without burning out and sacrificing on quality. However tempting it may be to work to a deadline for 8-10 hours straight, take breaks in between work. This way you give your brain valuable time to rest and recharge. Taking breaks from work is not time wasting. It is smart time management. You produce top quality work when you are well rested.


  Squeeze short breaks in between work for down-time. Ideally, take a five minute break every hour or two to rest and think creatively. You may set an alarm to remind you when your break is due. Stop working and just sit and meditate at your desk or go out for a cup of coffee or short walk. Don’t forget to give yourself ample time for lunch too. You can’t work optimallyon an empty stomach.

在工作时,挤出短的时间来休息。理想情况下, 每一两个小时拿出五分钟来休息并进行创造性的思考。你可以设定闹钟来提醒自己休息一下。停止工作,仅在桌子前坐着进行冥想或出去喝杯咖啡或来一次短距离的散步。别忘了给自己充足的时间来吃午餐。饿着肚子工作时效果不可能很好。

  9. Say “No”


  One skill that many high achievers like President Obama, Bill Gates and Richard Branson have mastered is the gentle art of saying “no” to things that are not a priority. Saying “no” to things that are not a priority allows you to focus on those things that are really important. You only have exactly 24 hours in a day to do the things that matter. If you don’t learn to say “no” to things that are not important, other peoples’ priorities will precede your own and you will be swamped with far too many projects and commitments.

  像美国总统奥巴马、比尔·盖茨和理查德·布兰森这些富有成就的人,所掌握的一项技巧就是对优先级不高的事情说“不”的技巧。 对优先级不高的事情说“不”能让你关注真正重要的事情。你一天只有24小时来做重要的事情。如果你不会对不重要的事情说“不”, 其他人的优先事项会排在自己的优先事项之前, 你会淹没在太多的任务和承诺中。

  Say “no” amicably to everything that doesn’t support your values or help you achieve your goals. You have the right to say “no” no matter who you are talking to. When you get better at saying “no,” you put you time to good use and defend yourself from rushed work, poor performance and work overload.


  10. Delegate Tasks


  The old adage by 17th century author John Donne that no one is an island still holds true today. You can’t manage everything on your own. Sometimes it is prudent to let other people help you with tasks, especially when you are swamped. You save time, reduce stress and accomplish a lot more when you assign tasks to the right people.

  17世纪作家约翰·多恩的一句古老的格言“没有人是座孤岛”在今天仍然适用。你不可能一切都靠自己。有时让别人帮你完成任务是聪明的举措,尤其是当你有很多任务时。当你把任务安排给合适的人时, 你节省了时间、减轻了压力,并能完成很多任务。

  Relinquishyour grip on the wheel and grant authority with responsibility to qualified people. Delegating is not dumping. Give tasks with consequences. This way you promote accountabilityand ensure goals and deadlines are met.


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