Since we are in the event business, timing is extremely important.
Here are our Top 5 Time Management Tips that we like to share with our staff:
1) Work backwards.
If you need to be somewhere at 7pm, then you really want to be there at 6:45pm to find parking or the best walking route to location. To be there at 6:45pm, you will need to allot 30 minutes for driving or being on the subway, which means you need to be out of your door and in the car or on the subway at 6:15pm. To do that, you need to be ready at 6:10pm so get in the shower at 5:10pm (if it takes you an hour to get ready).
2) Be realistic.
Get practical. Don't give yourself 30 minutes to get ready if it takes you an hour.
3) Set a timer.
It's easy to get carried away doing something, but this is part of being realistic. Know yourself. Set a timer so that one activity or obligation doesn't overlap another.
4) Don't bite off more than you can chew.
If you commit yourself to too many appointments in a single day, then you'll be late to everything. By appointments I mean anything - a meeting, a phone call, a task on your to do list, any activity that requires your attention. Avoid spreading yourself too thin.
5) And the most important motto for event professionals: Expect the unexpected!
This idea is very important if you're stumped about how to be on time, and a very effective time management tip. Always give yourself some extra time. There could be traffic or you could misplace your keys or whatever! The point is that unexpected things almost always happen, so expect them and give yourself some extra time to deal with them.