Managing and organizing your time is one of the most difficult skills to master. Whether you are still in school or at the beginning of your career, time management is essential as it is not only stress saving, but it may even save you time and maybe even money! It is so easy to waste time by trying to multitask, focusing too much on unimportant details, procrastination, etc.
Here are some of my tips I use in order to Organize My Time Better:
~ Create a schedule – Plan your day/week/month
This is one of the most beneficial strategies you can use to manage your time and to stay organized. Sit down and start a list of all the things that need to be done that day, tomorrow, for the week, for the month, etc. I like using planners (right now I am obsessed with my Lily Pulitzer agenda) where I can see my plans for the week and/or my plans for the month in a one or two page spread. I also think it is very useful to mark off each task as it is completed – this will give you a sense of accomplishment and will help you stay on track!
~ Focus – Cut off social media alerts
This is something I find very difficult to do as I am constantly “online” and continuously have notifications for several social media outlets such as Facebook. Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, etc. In today’s world, we may feel we have to be available 24/7 or we will miss out on something – but truth is, nothing on social media is that important to interrupt your ability to complete tasks, especially if it related to your education or career! Keep your mind focused on what needs to be done and limit your phone and internet usage until your tasks are completed. Sometimes, I find I lost a couple hours just from picking up my phone. Try to set aside personal time for browsing the internet and engaging in social media.
~ Let go of some control
I am a perfectionist at heart and sometimes I am a little – scratch that – very hard on myself because I want everything to work out just as perfect as I planned it to. It is so important to remember that life is not perfect and not everything goes as planned. I often feel and also see that people find themselves in situations where they don’t have the time to do everything – ASK FOR HELP! Don’t be ashamed if you need to ask for help, your family and friends are there for you and I am sure they will try to help as much as they can. Don’t take on more than you can handle, but if you do, ask for help and use your time wisely!
~ Make sure you schedule time to relax
This is a big one and sometimes I forget to do this myself. I think this is one of the biggest reasons people stress out about time, or the lack of it – they don’t take time to de-stress. Make sure to schedule time to relax, to do something you enjoy whether it is watching a TV show, taking a bath, listening to music, taking a nap, etc – so that you can reset your own clock. Don’t forget to schedule your “me” time and remind yourself you are important and you deserve to have time to yourself!
What are some ways you find help you in your own time management?