1. Accept that there are Busier People:

Sorry to break it to you, but you aren’t the busiest person around.  I know, but you’re so busy, but there is someone else getting more accomplished around a more difficult schedule.  There just is, so accept it so you can improve time management.

  1. Audit for Time Wasters:

What are you doing that wastes your time?  Nothing, really?  You don’t look more than “needed” at social media?  You don’t watch any extra episodes on Netflix than you planned?  You don’t spend time chatting at work? You never waste time trying to figure out what you should do next, or trying to remember that great idea?  How about the time you spend online looking for ways to be better with your time?

  1. Keep an Ongoing to do List:

I am a firm believer in keeping an ongoing to do list.  A small bound notebook that I can carry with me everywhere is a life saver.  When you think of what you must do, write it down and when you complete it mark it off.  You will be amazed with how much time you spend remembering or figuring out what to do next, so just look at your list.  Commit to a week and you will be amazed how this will help you to improve time management.

  1. Use Downtime Effectively:

Even the business person has downtime in between meetings, calls, obligations, etc.  Rather than wasting that 5-10 minutes use it wisely.  Whether that means marking off small tasks from your list which will give you a confidence boost or taking that time to relax make it work for you.  Meditation and small breaks are prove to better your performance.

  1. Stick to a Schedule/Structure:

Whether you are the boss, or the lowest person on the ladder you need structure.  If you do not have either self-imposed or company-imposed structure you will not achieve as much as you intended.  The to do list can help provide that structure, but wherever you find it give yourself some structure.

If you are serious about wanting to improve time management, the give these 5 tips a try you won’t regret it.