Time is one precious commodity that you cannot get back once it is gone. This is why managing your time is so critical is you every day activities and projects. Effective time management can be the difference maker in your overall success on a particular project, task, or activity in both your personal and professional life. With the very busy lives that we all lead in today’s world, finding time to manage our time can even be a challenge. One important aspect to remember is to not get overwhelmed with the process of creating a plan to effectively manage your time. Here are a few tips or suggestions that have been found to be quite effective in my life and in the lives of many of our management team at my place of employment. These can be carried over into your personal life as well. A very good way to get the time management process going is to take about 30 minutes of your day to plan out your day. Many have found that this time of your day to schedule your time is the most important. It’s amazing how 30 minutes can really impact your entire day. There will be interruptions, but at least you have a plan of how your day is supposed to go and you can get right back on track after the interruption. A second tip relates to the first tip. You have to schedule your time to include interruptions. This way you won’t feel like you are off track because of an interruption because you know that it is bound to happen and you have allotted time in your day for them to happen. A third tip that I personally use is assigning those items that are important to my success to a “To-Do List.” I keep a little appointment book so that I can clearly see what I have scheduled for the day and this helps to keep me disciplined and on track to accomplish what needs to be completed. Time management is a great trait to have and it is so important to achieving your goals as well as your company’s goals.