There is an old maxim that states that if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. This is almost certainly the case with effective time management. Creating to do lists, or using software to generate a printable to do list, goal setting and other planning techniques all help. These are useful to put into perspective the schedule of tasks that are necessary, and the real level of importance of each of those tasks.
Those people who seem to be the most effective, and manage to get all of their tasks completed on time, are more often than not the people who plan and prepare for success, rather than leaving the completion of tasks to chance and fate. When it comes to task completing, often it is the busier people who can achieve it, which only adds to the sense of envy and resentment that these people seem to always have so much more time than you.
A schedule, however, is not merely a list of things which must be done. An effective, and above all, successful schedule, is one which enables the prioritizing of those tasks. It helps to break down of tasks into small, realistically manageable chunks, and create enough reward time to provide a plan which is likely to succeed.
This breaking down of tasks, prioritizing, and including treats and rewards at reasonable stages can contribute to effective time management. It is a technique used by many of the most successful people. Once used for long enough, the habit becomes a natural one, and you will find yourself more easily able to hold in your head a list of current tasks, broken down if necessary.
You will find yourself able to make judgements about priorities more quickly and effectively, and this is what those successful and efficient people do all the time. And you will be able to do so also.
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Shafir Ahmad of http://www.ShafirAhmad.com is the author of “The Experts Guide to Managing Your Time".