Time is one of the most important and delicate asset here on earth. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, that’s it. For this reason, it is imperative that you manage the time you have been blessed with and make as much of it count as you possibly can. Time management can be made very simple once you practice it. It is a habit that will do you good if implemented in your daily life. In today’s post, I have for you five tips that you can incorporate in your life to better manage your time.
“So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time…” Ephesians 5:15
1st Manage your time tip: Write out your schedule for the week.
You should have an idea of what a typical week in your life is like. You might work a 9-5 job, 5 days a week, go to the gym for 3 days, and maybe this particular week, you have a lunch date with your best friend. Make a note of all of these. The next thing to note are the things you’d like to get done such as laundry, grocery shopping, any cleaning, gardening, reading etc. Make your list as detailed as possible. Having this detailed list will help you to paint a mental picture of what your week should entail and you can better make a schedule to get these tasks accomplished.
2nd Manage your time tip: Make use of a dry erase calendar board and a digital calendar.
Okay, so now that you know all that you must do, and all that you desire to do, write them out on a dry erase board or in a journal, noting on which day you would like to accomplish these tasks. Proceed to block them out in time slots on a digital calendar. This will help you to not waste any time because you will be conscious of the time frame with which you’re working with. In addition to that, you can set reminders for each tasks in your digital calendar such as Google Calendar.
3rd Manage your time tip: Make a daily to do list.
Alright, so even though you have a dry erase board and a digital calendar that can remind you of an upcoming task, it does something for the brain, well mine at least, to write an actual list of what you want to do that day. The act of crossing off an item after it has been completed helps to motivate you to keep going until you have completed your list. This act will help you to view the tasks crossed off as progress being made. In addition to that, seeing the list in front of you acts as a reminder that you need to get these things done and out of the way today. Do not put off anything for another day (unless completely necessary).
Don’t over complicate your to do list, however, because that can have a totally opposite effect and pushes you into state of being overwhelmed. I would suggest only writing the top six tasks you must get done for the day and work on those until they are done. More on this last point here.
4th Manage your time tip: Prep from the night before.
It’s as simple as planning the meals you want to have the next day and ensuring you have all ingredients necessary to make them. Set aside your outfit, pack your bag, and clear any space needed in the morning to get work done in. This will save you time and energy the following morning, freeing up clock space for you to get more done. Not only that, but it helps you to be more organised and maintain a clear head space.
5th Manage your time tip: Don’t put off work for another day that you can accomplish today.
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1
This is both a tip and an affirmation for me. As an affirmation, I would say, “I will not put off work that I can handle today.” Think about it. You know your potential week schedule and all that you have to get done. You have gone ahead to allocate these specific tasks to be accomplished this day in order to focus on getting others done tomorrow. When you put off work for another day, that CAN be done today, it only adds to your stress level, your workload, and eventually you start feeling overwhelmed, not wanting to do anything at all! So, if you can do it today, just do it and get it over with. You will feel incredibly lighter when you get today’s work done today.
And there you have it, 5 simple and easy tips that you can incorporate in your daily routine that will assist you to better manage your time. Don’t overthink or over complicate your life any more than it needs to be. Do your best to be as productive as possible by implementing these tips and managing you God given time.
Until next time,