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Mastering Your Time – Strategies For Effective Time Utilization

Eric Hall is well-known when it comes to mental health, substance use and coaching football. He is the founder of Creative Minds Healthcare, an behavioral health agency.

 
Executive Contributor Eric Lucian Hall

Time management is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities effectively to achieve your goals. Effective time management enables you to work smarter, not harder, so you can get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high.


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Some tips for better time management


  1. Set Goals: Define clear, achievable goals for what you want to accomplish. Break them down into smaller tasks.

  2. Prioritize Tasks: Identify the most important tasks and prioritize them. Use techniques like the Eisenhower Matrix to categorize tasks based on importance and urgency.

  3. Create a Schedule: Use calendars, planners, or digital tools to schedule your tasks and allocate time blocks for specific activities. Be realistic about how much time each task will take.

  4. Eliminate Distractions: Minimize interruptions and distractions, such as social media, emails, or unnecessary meetings, during focused work periods.

  5. Use Time Blocks: Group similar tasks together and allocate specific time blocks for them. For example, designate specific times for checking emails or making phone calls.

  6. Learn to Say No: Don't overcommit yourself. Learn to say no to tasks or activities that don't align with your goals or priorities.

  7. Break Tasks into Manageable Chunks: Break larger tasks into smaller, more manageable parts. This can make them less overwhelming and easier to tackle.

  8. Set Deadlines: Establish deadlines for tasks and hold yourself accountable to them. This helps prevent procrastination and keeps you focused on completing tasks in a timely manner.

  9. Take Breaks: Allow yourself regular breaks to rest and recharge. Working continuously without breaks can lead to burnout and decreased productivity.

  10. Review and Adjust: Regularly review your schedule and assess how effectively you're managing your time. Adjust your approach as needed to improve efficiency and effectiveness.


Remember that effective time management is a skill that takes practice and discipline to develop. It's about finding what works best for you and continually refining your strategies to maximize productivity and achieve your goals.


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Eric Lucian Hall, Creative Minds Healthcare, PLLC

Eric Hall is a leader in the behavioral health field to include mental and substance abuse counseling. Eric has been working in this field for over 17 years. He has been licensed since 2017 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) in North Carolina. He has dedicated his life to helping others reach the potential in counseling as well as in coaching where he has also had success as the Defensive Coordinator at 71st High school in Fayetteville NC. He is the CEO of Creative Minds healthcare. His mission: “Empowering youth and adults to make positive changes in their lives.”

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