Time management is one of the most crucial skills you will ever learn in your life. Let me repeat that word again-ever. The ability to prioritize and focus your time on tasks that will move your life forward is a skill that is rarely taught nowadays. People learn it on their own and the results have been erratic and uneven. For every person who becomes a well-oiled and focused time management machine, there are many others who fly by the seat of their pants. The results have been, well, predictable. People fail to achieve the things that matter most and focus most of their time on things that don’t really add to the bottom line of their lives. Talk about wasting your time and wasting your life. The truth is there is not enough time in a day to do everything we want. Everything has to be prioritized. Time may be money but time is also life. Wasting time is wasting life. It really doesn’t get any simpler than that. When it comes to MBA school, time management is crucial because it affects your level of success both in school and after you graduate. Your time management skills can help influence how far you get in your career and how much success you achieve, both on a personal and professional level. Use the tips below to help you manage your time better.
List out your tasks
Whip out a piece of paper and write down all the tasks you need to do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Figure out which tasks are the highest priority. How do you know? Ask yourself which of the tasks, when completely and adequately completed, moves you closer to your life goals. You will quickly know that there are only a few tasks that actually produce this effect. Give them higher priority. You will know that the Pareto 80-20 rule also applies to your life and your tasks. 80 percent of the things that matter are produced by 20 percent of your tasks. Focus on this rule so you can sort your tasks correctly.
Focus on what matters
Now that you have sorted your daily tasks, focus on what matters. This means, you must give a higher priority to the daily tasks that push your weekly or monthly tasks forward. This is all about keeping the end in mind when doing an activity now. Many people focus on things that look good or look easy. If these don’t push your long term agenda forward, give these tasks a lower priority. You must focus on the things that will move your life ahead.
This guest post was written by prominent guest blogger Chris Walker, a professional educational admissions essay writer, Chris has helped many MBA applicants write effective essays.