Someone please help me stop making to-do lists and actually start finishing off with work…
Hello Readers, after quite a long break, I am finally back with the topic that is the need of an hour. We’re living in a time where Time is everything. There are so many things to do, but it seems that there is never enough time in the day. Time Management is something we don’t take it seriously and that’s the reason why we can’t seem to find the time for anything. We work too much and don’t have the time to spend with our family or friends, we are so over worked by the weekend, that we can’t find the time or energy to finish the chores we have kept aside for the weekend.
Time flies- always. It is hard to control and once it is slipped away, you never get it back.
Being a blogger and a full-time corporate employee, I make a list of tasks to be done from Monday to Sunday, and by the time I reach Friday, I can only think of leaving everything and pampering myself. Being at home, doing work from home, knowing you have a lot of time in hand leads to procrastination and then it makes it more challenging than ever.
Do you know that we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others?
Time Management is the only solution.
It doesn’t matter whether you wake up at 5 am or 10 am, if you don’t use your time wisely, you’ll always waste your time.
It’s not about staying busy the whole day and end up doing nothing productive. Spending your day in a frenzy of activities often achieves less, because you’re dividing your attention between so many different tasks. It’s important to be smarter not harder, so that you achieve more in less time.
I know, it’s easier to quote than do it actually. But trust me, I have tried some tips to manage my time and it actually works. Here are some tips for time management that’ll help you find time for everything you want to do.
Take a deep breath, declutter your mind and now read on…
- Curate a To-Do List
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by workload and a never-ending task list? Or a very important task just slips out of your mind? It’s all because your tasks are not written in one place. After all, your mind can only remember so much. This list lets you prioritize your activities. Creating it before starting your work sets the tone for the day. There’s more to it. When you wrap up your work, you know which task took more or less time. What’s more satisfying than crossing off your tasks one by one by the end of the day?
- Stop Procrastinating
Procrastination is one of the main reasons why we can’t find time for anything. Although sometimes procrastination can be very productive too, most of the times it is more unproductive than not. You can simply set aside a time at the end of the day to check your Instagram and Facebook, this way you are less likely to be distracted by it throughout the day.
- Set a Time Limit and focus on high-value tasks
Setting a time limit for a task can be fun. It can be like a game. Set a definite time limit, such as an hour or two. Then try to finish the task within the allotted time, and feel the excitement as you do it. Try to tackle difficult tasks at the beginning of the day and leave easy tasks for the end. I used to do this a lot during my MBA days. I used to dedicate a time slot for each subject, and trust me, this helped me not only in time management but also in proactiveness.
4. Taking time out for yourself (Self-love)
Taking “Me” time out to relax is something essential for our mental health. Too much work and not enough play can cause anxiety and depression. Spending time on yourself can mean a lot of things- you can simply switch off your laptop and bask in 10 minutes of silence, or you may want to escape from reality by reading a book or watching a film that helps your mind relax. Whatever you do, try to do it fully. So if you are reading a book, try not to think about your to-do list at the same time.
5. Avoid Perfection
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Nothing is perfect. It’s all in the mind. Avoid overanalyzing everything you do. That doesn’t mean be careless, however. Once you finished your task and gave in your best, you have to move on. The important thing is your right attitude and commitment to your goals. Please note that you give your best and your Best Is Enough.
Time management is not very difficult. If I am able to manage my time, so are you. A bit of planning, and being mindful about how you spend your time can really help you find the time for everything you want to do.
It’s for you to decide- either run the day or the day runs you!