Far too many people catch themselves falling behind on deadlines or work they need to get done. Maybe you knew about a project a few weeks ago, yet you find yourself a week away from your deadline and realize you’ve barely made progress and have no idea how you’ll find the time necessary to devote to getting everything done. Learn how to actually manage your time so you can enjoy the free time you’ll have!
Identify time wasting
The first step to getting time management under control is learning where you’re wasting time. You might not realize how often you check your phone throughout the day or get distracted by a website or something else. Set your phone away from you when you need to focus on something at hand and consider looking into apps and extensions that block certain sites during specified times.
Decide what’s most important
At the start of each day, take time to figure out what tasks you need to get done for that day. Prioritize these tasks by importance and tackle the most important/difficult task first. We often avoid a looming task because we know it’ll take a significant amount of time and effort, but this approach ends up harming us much more in the long run. Once you get that big task over with, you’ll find everything else much easier to handle.
Say no to unnecessary tasks
For overachievers, it’s all too common that you often say yes to things you just don’t have time to take on or even really want to do. Instead of always saying yes, consider whether or not what you’re trying to do is actually necessary. Do not feel bad telling someone no, especially if it’s not a pressing issue or you have something that seriously needs your focus.
Take care of yourself
Self care is an incredibly important aspect of life that many people overlook. You could be the busiest person in the world and have multiple businesses to run, but you need to take some time to focus on yourself. Take a little bit of time at the end of each day to meditate, exercise, read, or anything else that helps you unwind. This small amount of time helps decrease your stress and makes focusing much easier throughout the day.
Plan out your entire day
Whether you do this step every day, once a week, or both, you need to take time to plan out what you’re doing at all times throughout the day. You don’t have to go overboard and plan out every single minute; in fact, you should allow yourself some buffer time in case something comes up that throws off your schedule. But, it’s incredibly helpful for time management to set deadlines for yourself and keep track of everything you need to accomplish each day. Use a physical planner, your phone’s calendar, or both, and you’ll feel much more organized.