Expend time in preparation
Using time to think and plan is a time well-spent. The first step is to analyze how you actually expend your time so you can determine what changes you have to make. Organize in a way that makes sense to you.
Set S.M.A.R.T. goals
A critical component of time management is establishing one's own goals and time frames. The focus should be to develop specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and in a timely manner.
All of us have the same amount of time; the challenge is how to use this resource productively. Once you know what you need to do and how best to do it, you need to make the best use of time to get it done. Understanding a critical situation from a less important is important in differentiating tasks.
Advance your priorities list
The To-Do-List is an essential tool to help you with your prioritization. Work towards reducing the urgent things you must do so you will have enough time for your important priorities. You can update every day your list but always make sure to do what you must do for the day. With a lot of time management tips to guide you with, this tool is the easiest to practice.
But first, you must recognize that you're procrastinating. once you know that you're into the habit then you can plan to get out of it. Discipline is the keyword here. Learn to avoid what's not important.
Learn to handle simple interruptions. If you think it is not important then decline dealing with it. For most people, this is a negative category because it interferes with productivity.
Learn to say NO
This is often in tandem with beating procrastination. Self-control is the key to realize your goals and beat impeding factors. Once convinced of what is important, saying NO to the unnecessary things in life gets easier.
Downtime should be a part of your effective time management plan of action. Don't make the mistake of trying to make your schedule to the extreme that too much structure can lead to a recipe for disaster. Downtime allow your body and mind relax and take a little rest.