If you are the kind of person who waits until last minute to do things, then this is for you. You and I both need help in order to improve our time management. Sometimes my day would end and I feel like there is totally nothing I have done and other days I am so happy because I met the deadline on the deadline day. For the longest time, doing things prior to their due date was not a thing in my life. I guess yours too;😉 comment below if so.
I knew I had poor time management skills when I started blogging. First, I sort of hate planning. I’m the kind of person who believes that eventually, things will fall into place so why plan? When I started blogging, I realized everything needs to be planned and well organized if I want to succeed. Realistically, I was just naive to time management because I had so much time in my hands so I could fix anything at any time.
Things are a little different now. Everything just needs my time and I feel that the 24 hours I have are no longer enough. After introducing blogging, time became a very expensive asset in my life. I needed better time management skills if I was to survive. Which makes me wonder; people who do jobs both at night and during the day, how do you go about it? I would like to know how you balance it all.
Realizing that I needed to improve my time management, I started adopting habits that would improve my time management but I failed. I bought a diary where I would write all my tasks, I had a to-do list, but all these were in vain. So, was there any hope left for me?
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely ~ Rodin
After deep soul searching, I discovered 3 secrets to better time management which I am 100% sure will work for you. Especially if you have habits like mine. It’s the little steps that count, so do not jump into complex routines because you might end up doing nothing.
1. Define your wake up and sleeping time.
This is not only healthy for you but also very amazing when it comes to better time management. It was the first step I took and for sure I stopped feeling like 24 hours were not enough. The advantage of setting the time you wake up and the time you sleep is that you know how many hours you will be active in a day. When setting the time, make sure to adjust your time at your pace. For example, if you were waking up at 9; do not set the alarm to 6 because that will not work. Start with 8:45 then 8:30 and eventually you will make it. The same applies to sleeping time.
Even on days when your body is not cooperating, please just force it to wake up or sleep because when you backslide, you start from scratch. One day, you will wake up and realize as soon as the alarm goes off; you are ready to start your day.
2. Allocate daily activities at a specific time.
After you have known how many hours you have in a day, allocate a specific time to do daily tasks. This will go a long way to improve your time management. If you wake up at 6:00 a.m. and sleep at 10:00 p.m. then you know you have 16 hours. Maybe you make breakfast every day or wash dishes or even work out. Set out the time for such tasks. Every day, you know that at 7:00 a.m. you should be making breakfast.
It is important to know when your daily tasks should be accomplished because skipping them will make the next day a living hell. To note also, if you have weekly recurring routines, for example, grocery shopping allocate a specific day and time.
The secret to your future is hidden in your daily routine ~ Mike Murdock
Ensure you complete those activities at that time regardless of how lazy you are. Again, eventually you will get used to it and it will be normal.
3. Divide your task into smaller tasks
After identifying and allocating time to specific activities; use the remaining time to do your tasks. Do not overwhelm yourself by allocating time to a big task that you might not finish. Divide the tasks into smaller units. This will help you especially if you have a low concentration span and get bored easily doing the same thing. Switch up the small activities and enjoy your day.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ~ Barack Obama
I hope you start implementing this now. From here, you will be able to advance your time management skills (the complex stuff like prioritizing, setting goals, better planning etc.)
For me, the complex stuff did not work at first, I struggled and almost lost hope knowing that I was doomed when it came to managing my time. Right now, I am wwwaaaayyyy better. Better time management makes you happier and stress-free.
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