If you find yourself wondering where the time goes, look no further than right here. This post is for you friend. Time flys. I would add “when you’re having fun” but lately, it seems like it flys no matter what you’re doing. Time-management can be hard to master when you don’t have some sort of an agenda to stick to. Then again, agenda’s can be ignored and we can end up in the same confused place we were before.
Finding ways to manage your time better is all about being creative in finding what works best for you. If you get distracted easily, you might need to hold yourself to a stricter routine and include a reward system. If you don’t get distracted easily, but you find yourself being a perfectionist and losing time to details, you may need to rearrange some things in your day so you have time to complete what you need to, the way you want to.
The following methods are ways that I’ve found work for me in helping to manage my time best, but you can always change them up so they better fit your needs. Here are 5 ways to manage your time better:
Keep a Timetable of Your Day
I started doing this recently, but so far it’s really helped me to recognize areas in which I take more time then I should. On the notes app for iPhone (I don’t know if this works on android) there is a function that allows you to make a grid. You can make this grid as long as you want to, but it starts off as a simple 2×2. I use this as my personal time tracker.
On the left side I type in what I was doing and on the right side, I type in the time I started and how long it took me to do that task. You could always use a small notepad for this as well. Whatever way you chose to do it, this is a great way for you to define what tasks specifically take up the majority of your time.
Check Your Planner/s Before Getting Out of Bed
I probably have the deepest of appreciation for google calendar, especially lately. Not only can you access your calendar from the computer and your phone, but in the settings, you can arrange for an email to be sent to you in the morning listing what you have planned for that day. I’ll typically check this alongside my bullet journal to see what I have lined up for the day.
The daily agenda email is set to send at 5am which is just before the time that I try to wake up, so it is perfect for me. To access this feature all you have to do is click on the settings icon, click on your calendar, scroll to general notifications, and in “Daily Agenda” click “email”. Checking your planners before you get out of bed puts you in the right head space for the day. You know how much you’re doing and you can determine just how much you’ll have to rely on coffee that day!
Automate What You Can
Whether it be an email, if you’re a blogger or entrepreneur maybe it’s a social media post, or even reminders; automate it! I will use the reminders feature on my phone for pretty much anything I need to remember to do, within the hour that I need to do it. Even if it’s something so simple as to send a text message at a certain time, it helps me out by giving me one less thing to think about.
If you are a blogger, a few good tools to use for planning social media posts are HootSuite and Buffer. Planoly is also a pretty helpful app that automatically publishes your Instagram posts for you. The more you can get off of your hands or mind through automation, the more space you have to focus on other things.
Frame Your Priorities for the Day
I have a magnetic notepad that I’ll stick to this magnetic board in my room and on it, i’ll list what my priorities are for the day in there correct order. I guess it serves as a reminder of what things are worth my attention for that day. I place my list in my room because it’s where my workspace is situated however, you can simply write it down on a small piece of paper, fold it up and stick it in your purse/pocket.
When you’ve taken care of every priority on the list in some way that day, reward yourself with your favorite coffee drink or a movie night. You can use whatever would give you the most drive. Installing a reward system helps to give you an opportunity to be more self-disciplined and it offers a healthy dose of motivation.
Keep In Tune with Your Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Needs
A big part of time-management is knowing how exactly you should spend that time. Busyness is not always necessary, especially if it comes at the cost of fulfilling your needs. If you aren’t sleeping enough, you’re going to feel that and it will affect every other working area of your life until you are no longer efficient. If you are getting caught up in an unhealthy mentality or haven’t made a lot of time to tend to the important relationships in your life, and you continue to sweep it aside like it isn’t important, that will also effect other areas of your life. If all you’ve been eating lately is doughnuts and nothing nutritional, soon that too will affect more than one area in your life.
It’s important to keep up with yourself and maintain your health so whether it’s journaling, meditating, having scheduled prayer times, or whatever you may need, make sure you have those needs met so they don’t become bigger issues than they have to be.
What helps you to manage your time better? Feel free to share in the comments.