3 Tips for Effective Time Management
We’re always looking for more time in our days, but sometimes it’s a matter of managing the time we do have in a better way. There are tons of time management tips out there, and they all work if we do them consistently.
Read along for some quick, best tips and practices for managing your time and busy schedule.
Write it down
Every success begins with writing something down. We all hear time and time again that goals, schedules, and priorities should be written down – and for good reason! When we write something down, it becomes more solidified in our minds. Also, we can visually see what we’re supposed to do or remember.
Write down everything you can in regards to managing time. A to-do list, schedule, calendar/planner, and any priorities that will keep you on track. Get into the habit of writing out your day in the morning. This will allow you to check items off as you move through the day, as well as keep you on task. Rate your tasks by order of importance, and implement your calendar to block off periods of time for work. It’s important to keep up with your workload as much as possible, as playing catch up can truly mess with your time management.
Look at your priorities
Where are your truly spending your time? You might think you’re only watching TV for 2 hours per day, but if you really look at your day, it might be more like 5 or 6 hours. It’s easy to spend time on mindless activities, so getting very clear about where your time is going is crucial.
Prioritizing also involves saying “no” sometimes, which is a powerful way to clear some time in your schedule. Say “yes” to the things that bring you joy and time with those you love, and “no” to those that are more obligatory. Prioritizing isn’t always an easy thing to do, but it’s crucial to saying sane and staying on task.
Add to your breaks
If you work from home, you’re lucky enough to be in your own home for most of the day. There’s typically laundry to be done, dishes to be put away, and hutches to be dusted. Since breaks should be a part of your day, it can be helpful to use your breaks to fit in other items.
This doesn’t need to include housework, but that’s the most common task. Throw in a load of laundry during your 10-minute morning break, fold a load of laundry after lunch, or water the garden during your afternoon break. Most breaks can seem fairly mindless anyway, so it can make you feel more accomplished to check off those little things that need done anyway.