Even with all the smarts in the world, you’ll never reach your true potential if you lack time management skills (i.e. the ability to actually get stuff done). There are three key factors that set successful people apart when it comes to accomplishing more in less time — remember, we all have the same amount of hours in a day. The overall message here is simple: Learn how to value your time and by doing so, manage it more effectively. Inc. recently revealed the ways in which successful people do so — Take note of the list below.
- Don’t divide your attention. Between pings from Gchat and notifications from all other devices, there’s lots of competition for your concentration. The first step in mastering time management is identifying what matters most to ensure you’re devoting the appropriate amount of attention to it. When you can clearly separate priorities and the small stuff, you'll be able to hone in on what's most important without getting distracted.
- Set goals and stick to them. Successful people establish goals at the start of each day, and they structure the day around accomplishing them. You don’t have to schedule down to the minute, but by sticking to an overall plan of attack and using that as a guide, you’ll never let the day get away from you. Be clear about what you want to achieve by writing down your goals and holding yourself accountable when it comes to checking everything off your list.
- Don’t give in to distractions. Interruptions are inevitable but don’t let them permanently derail you. Sometimes you’ll have to respond to something urgent but be sure to return to the task at hand without skipping a beat. Sorting out what’s essential and sticking to a strategic approach is the key to effective time management.