Better time management is something we’re always striving towards am I right?
This past weekend my mom sent me the flight itinerary for her upcoming visit, and it hit me! The busiest time of the year is upon us! Right about now we’re giving our all to check off those remaining goals, making travel plans, and/or getting prepared to start welcoming guests for the holiday season.
It’s the time of year that often leads to us staying up later, and stressing ourselves the heck out as we take on more projects and try to get more things done in a day. With that in mind, I’ve decided to pass along six tips that I use, and that I think can be beneficial to you as well. In my opinion, with a little effort and a lot of discipline, we can all close the year out strong, while beating that dreaded feeling of overwhelm! Also, these are all very easy to incorporate into your routine. So here we go:
Number 1 – Is simple but one of the hardest for us to do. Just say no! Oh, I know it’s hard to feel like you are disappointing someone. But the reality is, overcommitting is one of those fatal errors when it comes to practicing time management. Instead just be honest. If you’re invited somewhere and can make it great, but if you can’t be upfront and say “I would love to, but my schedule is jam-packed, and I would hate to say yes and have to back out at the last minute!” May seem like a lot, but it beats having to come up with an excuse if you fail to show or have to back out at the last minute.
Number 2 – Establish a consistent go time and stop time. Meaning start your morning routine at the same time each morning and start winding down for bed the same time each night. Unless it’s an absolute emergency, don’t stay up late to get something completed. Instead, put it off until the next day. Remember, we’re trying to manage our time. If you allow your mind to think you can always stay up late to get something done, you’re more likely to find you’re not as disciplined during you established go and stop time as you should be.
Number 3 – Keep an organized list of what you need to accomplish daily. I arrange my list by my 9-5 tasks, tasks I need to achieve for this blog, and things I need to get done personally. I use the Wunderlist app, so I always have it with me, and as I complete tasks, I check them off my list. When everything is off my list for the day, I’m done. Whatever “free time” I have I try to do something self-care related and relaxing. This also helps to prevent burnout!
Number 4 – Could also be called Number 3a, but for the sake of this post, we’ll keep it as Number 4. When you’re preparing and creating you to do list for the day, be realistic. Take inventory of the time you have available and keep your list attainable. Try to stick to 5 to 6 things, and knock out the most dreaded task on the list first to give yourself some momentum to carry you throughout the day.
Number 5 – Keep the “dead time” to a minimum. What’s “dead time”? Sitting down and watching old DVR’d Judge Judy episodes and before you know it 2 hours have passed! Well, that may be just me, but for you my friend, it may be something different. Dead time equates to pockets of time that we lose focus, get distracted, and before we know it, we’ve wasted time on something that gives us nothing in return. We all have it. Try to find what your dead time is and eliminate it!
Number 6 – Delegate when you can, at work and at home before it becomes a last resort! Sometimes we really can’t-do it all, and during those times, it’s okay to ask for help. Trust me, your co-worker, significant other, or friend would much rather help out than have you spazz out trying to juggle too much!
Now, as I mentioned before, these are all simple changes that can be made to your schedule that should greatly improve your time management skills. I always like to hear your feedback so of course drop me a line in the comments if you use any of them and they work for you!
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Until next time With Love,