Time management has always been one of my weaknesses, no matter how hard I tried or how many times I promised myself that I would plan my actions in a more efficient way or I would resign from things that are not of great importance to me. Over the years it seems to me that I’ve got even less time than before, and constant pressure to do this or that makes me feel that I’m losing my opportunity to experience something way more valuable, such as relationships with my family and friends or simple enjoying a new day and the fact that I can still do a lot of things before it ends.
What helps me organize my time in a way that I don’t cry waking up the next morning and I don’t worry that I still have a load of tasks to finish, especially the ones I don’t really feel like doing at all? Here are a few time management tricks which have recently helped me survive it all.
1. Set your goals wisely and prioritize well.
It often happens that what we perceive as necessary to be done is not really what it seems to be. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so working this way best what you can gain is a nasty hernia. That’s why, each day you should decide to do only what’s really important and necessary and things that can wait should be spread in time. The pace of our lives has increased largely over the past few years, whereas our day has only 24 hours. That’s a shame! Therefore, don’t feel too guilty if you aren’t able to accomplish all the goals you have set yourself in a given day, especially if it was done without any pre-selection and without prioritizing things well.
2. Set a time limit while doing your tasks.
If the time is what you miss the most, use it wisely. Don’t spend more time than needed doing just one task, setting a time limit will motivate you positively and will create a little pressure that will allow you to finish everything according to the previous assumptions. Even if your first steps may not be easy, because of your old negative habits which keep emerging on and on, use a timer, an alarm clock, another reminder or anything else that will allow you not to work longer than it’s really needed.
3. Organize your actions well and take regular breaks between tasks.
Organizing yourself well is the key to everything or at least it will free you from pressure and the next not accomplished task breathing down your neck. How come there are people who can do a million of different things and still don’t complain about being short of time and you having two or three tasks can barely breathe? Maybe it’s just a matter of an inborn talent and personality, but you can also deal with your problems by analyzing various methods and techniques which will be the most efficient for you… and most importantly remember about taking regular breaks between tasks. If you are tired your efficiency drops significantly, so it’s good to know when to tell yourself not to do something and stop for a while!
4. Plan ahead.
Plan ahead everything that is possible to be planned in advance, it will allow you to be perfectly prepared and in this way you will finish most of your tasks on time. Besides this such planning will enable you to visualize how many tasks and goals you have set yourself to be accomplished during one day and it will allow you to decide whether you should resign from some of them or whether you should transfer them to another day. Noting down such plans in your calendar or in your planner can increase the comfort of your everyday life.
5. Be flexible.
Not everything always goes as planned and misery loves company. Leave yourself some space for unexpected situations, so that you don’t suffer from a nervous breakdown when your elaborate plan collapses like a house of cards. Sometimes something needs to collapse, so that you become aware of the fact that your initial plans need a small correction.
And you? Do you know any good methods to manage your time wisely?
See you around!