How to Effectively Manage Your Time Online for Your Project
Time management is especially important in the lives of todays digital era. With distractions like Facebook and Twitter, it’s harder than ever for young people to buckle down and get things done. If you’re struggling with time management, you’re not alone. Many Teens across the world are now struggling to keep their hand off their mouse and their eyes where they belong, on the task at hand. It’s time to unclutter your brain and pump up the productivity.
In order to effectively handle your time, you’ll want to have some realistic goals in place. This comes before the work needs to be done. Whether you’re tackling your next big marketing effort or simply trying to get through some homework, you’ll want those goals in place. Take out a pen and paper and write down some goals related to your project. Clearly you want it turned in or finished on time, but what else matters when it comes to this project? Afterward, tape your goals someplace where you can see them every day. Setting goals is an effective way to stay on track. They’re a reminder of what needs to be done. As previously stated, distractions are hard to ignore.
The Internet has become the easiest way for a people to lose focus. Becoming aware that distractions are eating away at your time is the first step to managing them. Don’t IM, Chat, Facebook or Twitter while you’re working, unless you work on Twitter haha. If you start avoiding distractions right away, you’ll make avoiding them a habit. Also, you’ll be gaining a lot of extra hours to work. Certainly any young entrepreneur has a lot of email to contend with, but try to set times for this around your work schedule.
A to-do list is an excellent way to manage your time. Have you ever tried writing one? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. Much like goals, to-do lists help to remind you what needs to be done. Different than a goal list, a to-do list prioritizes things that need to get done in the short term. They’re not idealistic and they’re not about the project as a whole. Instead, they’re a task list, typically written in sequential order, of things that need to be done right away.
To-do lists can help ensure that you don’t forget anything! If you’ve got a lot of work and research to do, it’s easy to leave something out. We recommend categorizing your list in one of two ways.
First – you could order your list from high priority to low priority. Make sure to include any sub-steps that are necessary for any large projects on your list.
Second – You could simply number your list in order of what needs to be done. You could work on social marketing under item one. Item two could be fifteen minutes dedicated to those emails that keep building up. So and so forth, you’ll make your way down your list, ensuring you don’t forget anything.
You’re probably thinking that avoiding breaks and multitasking are essential when it comes to time management. You’re going to be surprised to find that the answer is just the opposite! Instead, it’s recommended to take an 8 – 10 minute break every few hours. This is going to allow your brain to slow down and relax. This is going to make it more possible to work effectively.
Oftentimes too much multitasking can result in poor work output. A little multitasking is okay, too much and you’re wasting time. Instead, do things in order. Follow that to-do list from being to end, to properly manage your time and finish your project.
- Don’t say “I’ll do it tomorrow
- Get a dedicated notebook for your project
- Create a dedicated folder for your project on your computer
- Don’t leave ideas for another time, rest later work now.
If you’re working on the £100 challenge or running a twitter fanpage, website, app or game this advice can come in handy for brainstorming your big project. Once you start that project, you’ll want to make sure you’re making the most of your time. So always remember: Make a list and stick to it.