Time management is such an important skill to have. Being able to effectively manage your time has the ability to affect your life in many positive ways, regardless of whether you are working, studying, etc.
I found that I was good at managing my time in high school when other students had to stay up late to finish their homework, but I was done before dinner and maintained good grades. Honestly, I just wanted to be able to relax for the rest of the night. Then I started working online and had to take my time management skills even further since the only thing that mattered was my productivity.
Now that you have some back-story, let’s get into it. I hope that the following tips will help you manage your time more effectively.
- Realise that multi-tasking doesn’t always work
Anything that requires thinking and active participation should be focused on exclusively until the task is complete or consciously set aside. Multi-tasking during important tasks tends to be ineffective because time and attention are being distributed and, essentially, wasted. I find that multi-tasking should only be left to mundane or monotonous tasks, such as cleaning the house and listening to a podcast.
- Know your peak hours
Everyone has his or her own peak hours, or optimal times when it comes to being effective. You’ve probably noticed that there are some times of day when your energy level is consistent, you’re more alert and things are just easier to do. Those are your peak times, and they should be utilised to their full potential. You might not always be able to schedule important tasks during your peak hours, but being aware of when you perform your best can only be beneficial.
- Prioritise important tasks
You might be rolling your eyes and thinking ‘duh’, but you’d be surprised by how many times we forget to complete the most important task before moving on to other things. The more that you have on your plate, the easier it is to muddle your priorities. A great way to stay on track is to create a to-do list that is listed in order of importance.
- Minimise notifications
Getting notifications from your email, Facebook, other social media, etc. can significantly reduce your concentration and efficiency. The less that you look at your notifications, the more you’ll use your time effectively. Disable notifications, turn your devices on silent and hide distractions to maintain your focus. You win bonus points for scheduling time for these activities, and even more for committing to a set duration.
- Resist temptation
Do not give into temptation if you have a deadline. I know that going out with your friend sounds tempting, especially when you’ve been working hard, but sometimes you have to prioritise your work and sacrifice leisure. For many of us, the better we become at time management, the less we’ll have to sacrifice. This isn’t possible for everyone, and if you’re one of those people then here is a big virtual bear hug for now.
- Reward yourself with me-time
Me-time is such a good way of rewarding yourself because you giving back to yourself by doing things that recharge your batteries, and make you feel good. Take some time to do this every day, even if you can only get a few minutes in. It’s much healthier to do this in small doses whenever you can, instead of taking a long break if you burn out. My version of me-time involves reading, writing, yoga and doing anything that chills me out.
Do you have any time management tips that I missed? Let me know what you do to stay on top of your time.
Lots of love xx