How To Take Control Of Your Time

Published: March 12, 2010
By: Faye Hollands

Have you ever had one those days where you run around like a headless chicken, busy from the moment you get up to the moment you go to bed, and yet STILL feel unsatisfied at the end of the day because you haven’t managed to get all the really important things done?

5 Steps To Create More Time In Your Day

If that sounds like you it’s time to follow these 5 easy steps to master your time and get your day under control…

Step 1: Plan, Plan and …. Plan!

Whether you like it or not, planning is the key to running a successful day where you actually get the important stuff done! Spend 5 minutes the night before writing down the KEY tasks that you need to do the following day and allocate time slots to complete them. This allows your subconscious mind to work on any challenges or problems you might be experiencing overnight, and also ensures maximum focus the following day because you know exactly what you need to do.

Step 2: Stop Filling Your Time

Filing your emails, shuffling paper, chatting on the phone and surfing the internet might make you feel busy but I’m pretty sure they don’t help you achieve your key goals. Write a list now of the top 5 things you do to waste time – or procrastinate – and then avoid them like the plague until your key tasks are done.

Step 3: Say No

If you’re constantly saying “Yes” you’re more than likely to put yourself under undue stress and pressure, with an increased work-load to boot! An inability to say no can leave you over-committed and unable to achieve the best results so learn to say “No” to stay in control of your day.

Step 4: Double-Check

Everyone makes mistakes but with the right planning and double-checking you will catch most of them before any problems occur. Spend just a few minutes checking to save yourself hours of pain and frustration later!

Step 5: Get Organised

Working and living in general chaos does nothing other than lead to wasted time and increased stress! If you don’t know where things are you can’t be as productive and efficient as possible, so make sure you invest a few minutes every day to get organised.

If you would like to find out more about how coaching can help you manage your time smartly book your free 30-minute coaching consultation now.  Simply click here to schedule your appointment.

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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