Just think about the various things an average person would have to do in a day and compare that with what the average person would rather do in a day. In order for you to achieve balance in your work and personal life, you must use good time management techniques. Not having any could result in total chaos.
Time Management Technique # 1: Find Out Where Your Time Is Wasted.
If you spend 4 hours in the bathroom, an hour to put on makeup and another hour to choose what to wear, but complain the whole day about not having enough time, your time management routine is a big mess.
Spending too much time on an activity to the detriment of other tasks is the most obvious sign that you are indeed wasting a lot of time.
For you to be able to correct this, think of what things you need to do throughout the day and how long each task is supposed to take you. Being aware of your activities would allow you to be more conscious of your limited time; and thus, would help you schedule the things to do for the day.
Time Management Technique # 2: Set Objectives.
Time management, by nature, is geared towards the objective of finishing all the activities you have to do in just 24 hours. You will never be able to change how much time you have (we all have 24 hours to spend), but the objective here is to change your attitude towards how you budget your limited time.
First, try to think about where you waste most of your time and work slowly to eliminate each of them. Not having any of them would make you more productive and would give you a lot of more free time. While working on this, also keep track of your improvement over the coming days. You should see a big difference in a short time.
Time Management Technique # 3: Set Time Limits.
Another reason why people would waste a lot of time is that they ignore the fact that time is limited. They lose the pressure that would naturally propel them to work at their own pace.
In order for this to be corrected, set time limits for each given task. Give yourself a healthy number of minutes to finish a task, rather than give yourself the whole day for it and later complain about not getting things done.
To recap, the 3 time management techniques you need to apply are: 1) Know where your time is being wasted; 2) Set objectives; and 3) Set time limits. Its time to manage your time effectively.