10 Tips for Time Management

Time-Management

  1. Make a To-Do list. Start with brainstorming a to-do list for the week. Then break the list into daily goals. Number or letter your daily goals from most to least importance. And don’t try to over-do it. Try to put yourself in the mindset of being satisfied with what you were able to accomplish that day rather than frustrated by what you were not.
  2. Start each day with a routine. Whether it is a morning workout or calling customers or doing the dishes, if you make something a habit, it is easier to get it done. Some people find that it’s best to do their worst job each morning to get it done and over with.
  3. Eliminate distractions as much as possible. Not allowing time to get into a groove with whatever you are doing will slow you down. Okay, if you are a stay-at-home mom, that’s not easy. But you can reduce distractions by turning off the phone or notification pings or having a “quiet time” each day for your kids to read or nap while you get work done.
  4. multitaskingStop multi-tasking. It seems as if multi-tasking should speed up efficiency, but in fact that is not true. Multi-tasking actually slows you down and keeps you from doing each task to the best of your ability. Prioritize and focus on getting one task at a time done.
  5. Use baby steps to stop procrastinating. Is there something you just aren’t getting done even though it’s on your to-do list every day? Break it down into smaller steps. Don’t start with an hour workout. Just put on your athletic shoes. That’s it for the first week. Just put them on every day at the same time. The next week, put your shoes on and walk around the block. You don’t have to clean the whole house in one day. Start with one room or one section of one room. However small each step needs to be to get you moving forward is a step in the right direction.
  6. Know your daily rhythm. We each function better at certain times of the day. Are you a morning person? Then get to the hard stuff right away. A night person? Then ease into your day and do the hard stuff later on when you have the most energy and can focus effectively. Need a mid-afternoon break? Then make the time for it so you can be more productive afterwards.
  7. Take breaks. Very few people can effectively and efficiently work at high speed all day long. Think of it as “recharging” rather than “wasting time.” Make sure you take time to eat and set an alarm for yourself if you need to.
  8. Don’t be a perfectionist or micromanager. Think of doing what you can to the best of your ability rather than trying to do it perfectly. And delegate tasks when you can. I know you want to be in complete control of everything at every moment, but we all have too much to do these days. Trust that others are also doing what they can to the best of their abilities. And think of mistakes as learning opportunities.
  9. NoPictureLearn to say No. This might be one of the hardest things for women especially. We were taught to say yes to everything because it shows that we are caring and responsible. But you can’t be either if you have too much to do all the time. Realize what your limits are. Try negotiating by taking on one thing by giving up something else. Say yes with boundaries, such as being available only at certain times or only for a very specific job or not until something else is completed.
  10. Clean up the Clutter and get organized. Is your house, your car, your desk, your planner a mess because you don’t have time to take care of it? If you don’t take the time, you are actually wasting time. How much time do you use each day trying to find something lost in the clutter or trying to make room for something in a space that has no room? You will save time in the long run if you get your home, your car, your desk, and your planner cleaned out and organized.

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