Some of your time will always be an unavoidable nuisance. There are other, more fruitful uses of your time you can invest in, like improving your health, nurturing relationships, and taking care of yourself, your loved ones. Check out these time management tips to help you prioritize your day and get more done.
Create a plan to organize your tasks
Productivity expert David Allen calls the book-planning process a “life calendar”. To create it, you should identify several specific areas of your life that are of interest to you. There’s a good chance you’ve already thought of some of these things and your life is full of other activities that may not seem “specific” enough for you. Allen says it’s okay to have a loosely defined but still important structure for your plan. “You should have some broad direction about how you want your day to flow,” Allen tells Reader’s Digest. It’s also helpful to be mindful of scheduling activities that aren’t time-sensitive. “A small thing that people don’t think of is that they can run errands on their way home,” says Allen.
Start each day with a task list
It’s recommended to allocate some time to do this in the morning. : This is an approach to organizing tasks that involves organizing your task list with bullet points. Create a weekly to-do list with a set amount of time allotted to each task. It is best to complete the tasks during the week.
Prioritize your to-do list
The to-do list is your opportunity to get your priorities straight. Keep track of the things you have to do and the time you have to do them. You will end up with a more logical to-do list that actually gets you the tasks done. Create a daily to-do list Create a short, simple, and to-do list that only contains the tasks you are responsible for and the time required. When you know exactly what you have to do in a certain time frame, you will become much more efficient and productive. You will set time limits to work on your projects to meet your deadline. Choose what you want to do Are you a multitasker or a good team player? If you are a good team player, you’d like to work with your colleagues.
Get into the habit of time blocking
Time blocking is a method that will help you deal with interruptions in your day so that you can focus and get more done. Time blocking simply means dividing your day into three periods and blocking only the hours within those periods where you do the things that are vital for your success. For example, if you’ll concentrate on writing and brainstorming. Next, you can choose to block the hours from 3 pm to 9 pm to work on other things like social media, friends, and family. Once you’re reminded to write it down. However, putting everything on a to-do list is often a completely misguided approach to productivity. It’s not particularly helpful if you want to actually get it done. Make your to-do list actionable and quantifiable. So, you can set clear deadlines and hold yourself accountable to achieve your goals. But dons sleep. Try going to bed a little earlier at the beginning of the week and even on the weekend. When you wake up in the morning, leave the bed as soon as possible. Get out of bed if you feel tired or a bit foggy-headed. If you have a job, done ready to tackle the day, or if you want to spend a few moments de-stressing before jumping back in. Prioritize and set boundaries If you do have to interrupt your time to respond to a call or a text or to speak with someone at work, ask yourself, The answer to this question will help you set the boundaries that work best for you.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones (health, relationships)
If you’re bound to feel pressured to do more. Taking care of yourself and your loved ones is an effective way to achieve a better work-life balance. Set up reminders to practice mindfulness throughout the day and get yourself more aligned to your values and goals. Keep track of the time you spend on each task Keep a log of your daily work and time you spend on each task. Keep track of all your tasks in a list or to-do list and put numbers next to them. This will help you understand the efficiency of your time. Looking at your list will allow you to stop doing unproductive tasks and focus on the important things.
Now, to wrap things up, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite quotes from henry Van Dyke:
If this quote doesn’t perform your time management, then nothing will. And that’s why I encourage you to take what you’ve learned in this post and use it to be like Henry Van Dyke. Because no matter who you are, you too can get more done!