The Art Of Time Management In Today’s World
How often do you find yourself thinking there’s not enough time in the day? You get out of bed and before you know it, it’s ten o’clock and your head is hitting the pillow again. If you go to bed thinking about the next day’s tasks and how busy you’ll be, it’s time to take a deep breath and find some time management skills that fit your busy schedule. Make your calendar your best friend and follow these 5 tips to take back control of your time.
1. Plan Ahead
Take some time at the end of each day in order to plan out your next day. Go over what’s already on the calendar and then add in things that have just come up. Don’t be afraid to schedule yourself down to quarters of the hour. Taking this time to reflect on what’s happening the next day will help you remind yourself of what’s going on and helps you to start the next day feeling organized.
2. Give yourself break times
While you’re planning out your day to the quarter of an hour, make sure to leave yourself breaks and adequate time to transition from one thing to another. This is your opportunity to get back a hold of your schedule, so don’t jam-pack your day.
3. Keep an eye on the clock
Now that you have planned out your day, it is important to actually stick to it. If you stick to your plans you’ll find that the time spent planning wasn’t time wasted and also that your days will feel more organized, and you will feel less stressed.
4. Set reminders, alerts, or alarms
Sometimes, even though your day is all planned out and you reviewed the night before, you’ll forget an event or appointment. The easiest fix for this is simply setting alarms for an hour before the event, that way you are reminded and have ample time to finish the task you’re doing and to get to the event.
5. It’s okay to say no
Sometimes we’re busy not with our own commitments, but with helping others fulfill theirs. And if you can’t say no, that can be the cause of why you’re so busy and cramped for time, because you are taking on the workload of two people. If you’re too busy, don’t be afraid to say no, jam-packing your schedule could result in you doing two mediocre things half-effort rather than one thing with full effort.
Just by making time for these small adjustments in your day, you could be saving yourself hours of stress. Try these out and hopefully you will have better control over your schedule, and also less stress about your time management.