When you have a busy life it can be difficult to feel like you’re making the most out of your time.
Spend 30 minutes a day planning how you are going to use your time. This will help you figure out what you’re doing and stop you from running around in circles. 30 minutes may seem like a lot when you have no time to begin with. But try splitting that time up and dedicate 15 minutes in the morning after you wake up to set your priorities for the day and 15 minutes at night to set your goals for tomorrow.
Remember That Everyday Has the Same Amount of Time
The number of hours in a day is 24, and this doesn’t vary (apart from maybe daylight savings.) Once you get your head around that concept you can learn how to manage your time and map out how to spend it. Learn that your day needs to be split into essential tasks (e.g. work, calls), personal needs (e.g. exercise, relaxation) and physical requirements (e.g. eating, sleeping.) How you spend the remaining time will make a difference to your emotional and financial state.
Include “Energy Management” with “Time Management”
You can completely plan your day down to the last minute, full of essential tasks and objectives. But if you don’t have the energy to do it all then what’s the point? Learn how to manage your energy by doing the most important tasks first. Then at least if you don’t finish everything the most important things are out of the way. If you begin to struggle, try taking 5-10 minutes out to meditate and refocus your mind.
Top Priorities First
This one may sound obvious, but a lot of people tend to not know how to prioritise properly. A lot of people tend to try and avoid important jobs if they dislike them, this is why it is important to do them when you are the most physically rested and alert.
It can be extremely easy to get distracted by little things, make a list of your tasks so if your mind does wonder you’ll have them written down and can get back on track quicker.
Try to do Things Once
Try and choose something to focus on, and work on it until it’s complete. It can sometimes be difficult to pick up from where you left off, especially if you step away to do something else.
Learn How to Say No
Just remember that you don’t need to say yes to everything. If you said yes to everything anyone ever asked you to do you’d be exhausted. Always remember it is not selfish or unfair for you to say no if you have your own stuff to do.