Time Management Tips
It’s a popular occurrence for people to be super busy these days. Between jobs, school, kids, and the little things in between, it can be difficult to get it all in without feeling like you have absolutely no time to spare.
Time management can be a successful tool in assisting you with your day to day routine by opening up time you didn’t realize you were wasting. Below are some great time management tips for getting started with adding time management to your day.
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11 TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS
1 – Make a list
Yes, it takes time to sit down and make a list but it’s worth it. Before the week begins, write down what appointments/obligations you have for each day. Then on a separate sheet of paper, write down the things you need to get done that don’t have a specific deadline.
Find your empty spots throughout your schedule and place these deadline-free responsibilities in those spots as desired. Make sure you’re planning the highest priority ones first.
2 – Start with the most important tasks
Every day, start your work by doing those “must do” tasks. This way, they are done and you can focus any time you have left on smaller, often much less demanding tasks.
When you see you’ve accomplished something, you’ll feel much more motivated to get even more done each day.
3 – Say No
This is one which causes a lot of turmoil. You want to be able to help with all of your child’s activities, but there are times you need to say no. If you can’t give everyone 100% of yourself, you both suffer. Remember that you are not saying no to the person, but rather, to the task.
4 – Start early
As great as it is to just sleep in, if you can get up out of bed and start your day, you’ll get more done! As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm!!
5 – Pay Attention to Your Social Time
It is so simple to get sucked into the Facebook newsfeed or the pages of beautiful food images on Pinterest. Those are a huge waste of time. The app RescueTime will help you track your online time so you can see where you waste those precious minutes.
6 – Take care of yourself
Make sure that you get enough sleep, drink enough water and eat healthy. Doing so keeps you focused and aware during the day and can reduce the tendencies of mid-afternoon slumps.
7 – Spend time doing what you want
If you give and give and don’t allow time to do the things you enjoy, you’ll burn out and quit. Allow yourself time to read a book, go for a walk, play with your kids – whatever makes YOU happy. Once you do, you will return to your tasks more focused.
8 – Include time in your day for interruptions
No matter what your day brings, there is going to be something that will interrupt your day. Include time for this when planning your schedule so you don’t feel so overwhelmed when it happens.
9 – Realize it’s impossible to do it all
You aren’t superman or superwoman. You are human. There is no way that you can every do it all. Do what you can and know that what you don’t finish today will be there waiting for you tomorrow.
10 – Don’t be lazy
As much as we would love to lie in bed on the days we have off, use these days to take care of a few extra responsibilities. Always take care of the most important responsibilities first or the most pressing ones, that way you can relax on taking care of the others a bit. You will feel much better while relaxing knowing you have nothing that needs to be done.
11 – Don’t procrastinate
This one can get to us all at one point or another. However, it’s the biggest pit fall of time management. Too many responsibilities can get stacked up to where we overwhelm ourselves or make it near impossible to get them all taken care of. If something is presented to you, get it done right then if possible. If not, it will only be one more thing you will have to remember to get done later. Don’t do that to yourself.
Overall, get to know yourself and your habits. Be honest about where you fall short and compensate for that. We all handle our time differently but with a few adjustments, we can all learn to organize our time effectively.