In today’s ultra-busy world, many of us feel like we don’t have the time to slow down. For me, working two jobs, building a brand, looking after my health and wellness, spending time with family and friends, and ultimately, keeping up with life in general, time seems to slip away.
This has brought me to think about HOW can I improve my time. At first, all I could think about was how many tasks I could shove into a day, but this way of thinking is not effective at all. What we need to do is learn how to plan our workload more effectively, manage our priorities and put things in order. We need to learn how to ask for help and use resources that are available to us. It means working smarter, not harder. That way, we can have more free time to do the things we enjoy.
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Now, without further ado, let's get into my time management tips!
Whether or not you use a planner, calendar or go digital, it is so helpful to block off your time. I personally use a planner, and in it, I write down my work schedule, personal appointments, dates with friends, events, tasks etc. That way I can look at the whole month and plan accordingly. Also, I've noticed when I do schedule something into my calendar, it's a whole lot more likely to happen!
A to-do list is important, but more than often it's not enough. You need to prioritize tasks based on importance and then schedule adequate time for them in your calendar. This is called time blocking. You are blocking time on your schedule for those activities you intend to accomplish. It's simple yet powerful, and I can honestly say, it's been quite the game changer for me.
Lose all Distractions - Including Your Phone
Social media can be a very dangerous rabbit hole - I'm sure we can all agree. This is why I always put my phone in airplane mode every time I'm working. It allows me to focus on my work without having the temptation to check my latest notifications.
Lower Your Expectations
I'm someone who has a million and one things on her plate and with that my expectations for myself are pretty high. But if there is one thing that I've learned throughout the hustle, it's that certain things take longer than others and sometimes things don't get done on time. When this happens, don't beat yourself up about it. Prioritize it for the following week, and move on. For someone who has perfectionist tendencies (like me), it's important to be gentle with yourself.
Hope these helped! If you have any time management tips that have worked successfully for you, please write them in the comments below!
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by JORD Wood Watches. That being said, all opinions expressed in this blog post are my own. I only recommend products or services I personally use and believe you, the reader, will enjoy and I will never endorse any product or service that I do not fully support.