by JANENE THIBAULT
As a court reporting student, you spend time in the classroom and time at home practicing your steno skills.
You may also have a full or part time job. You might be a parent raising young children.
Sometimes meeting all of your responsibilities can seem daunting and overwhelming.
To help tackle the overwhelm, here are some time management tips that will help you keep yourself organized and moving forward, accomplishing more in less time:
1. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you’ve completed your plan for how you will spend your time. For instance, are you going to class in the morning, then home to practice writing? Will you be working at your job for a portion of the day? Looking at the responsibilities you need to meet as you begin your day will allow you to make the most of your time.
2. Take five minutes before every task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start.
3. Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get tasks done. If you like to practice in your bedroom or home office, close the door and let your family know you need to work uninterrupted when the door is closed. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you have a solid block of time.
4. Resist answering the phone every time it rings, or answering email as soon as it shows up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls. Eliminating these constant interruptions can do wonders for boosting your productivity.
5. Break large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks. Work on them a few minutes at a time until you get them done. This works for large tasks as well as tasks you find yourself procrastinating over.
6. Know when you work best. Are you a morning person? Then plan your priority tasks for the morning. Not sure when you work your best? Discover your best time by monitoring your productivity over a period of time. Once you find your best time, set your schedule to keep your best time free for your most important work.
Adding a new skill from time to time will help you be more productive and less stressed.
You likely already have your own time management skills that work for you. What else works for you that we haven’t mentioned? Are you going to apply 1 of these time management tips? If so, which one? Let us know in the comments.