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Time management has been a life saver for me. Ever since I started working full time as a supervisor and running a shop by myself on some days, it would be impossible to get through a day without it. I honestly can’t stress enough the importance of time management.
Therefore, throughout this past year I have been putting together and using the best time management techniques every single day. Especially now that I need to fit in blogging over a full time job. It may seem impossible at first but with time management, you will get so much done and not get stressed or overwhelmed in the process.
Use Time Blocks
Time blocks are something that I only discovered fairly recently. However within this short amount of time, they have been amazing. Time blocking is basically when you set every task that you need to complete into a strict time frame. For example, I would write down one task and next to it, I would write that I wanted to complete it within 9am-10am. Obviously, you need to set realistic goals and not put too much pressure on yourself. There would be no point if you did.
The most important part is that you stick to your time blocks. You will get everything done much easier this way. Especially on days when you have a lot of work to complete and you feel like there isn’t enough time to fit it all in.
Work Out Your Priorities
Even with time management, completing too many tasks in a day can be extremely difficult. Considering you always need to put aside time for yourself to practise some self-care too!
This is why before you do anything, you need to work out what your highest priority tasks are. Anything that is a high priority, make sure you put on the top of your to-do list. Anything that is medium priority, put after. Anything that isn’t a priority at all, cross off and complete another day. Simple as that.
Write A To-Do List
Always make sure you write out a draft of your to-do list the day before. This way, you will have a rough idea of what you need to be doing and it won’t hit you hard on the day if you have a lot to do. It is always satisfying to cross tasks off the list as you complete it.
Make sure to set goals to set you up for the day or even week ahead. You will feel much less stressed!
Ask For Help
Ask for help. Simple as that. If there are tasks you need to complete that other people/colleagues can help you with, then ask them nicely.
Don’t feel bad or awkward about asking them. They should and will be willing to help you out whenever they can. Trust me when I say, this will take so much pressure and therefore stress off of yourself. Also, there is nothing better than knowing you have support and many people willing to help you.
Alternatively you can delegate some tasks to other people. However, this can only really work if you are a part of management in a workplace or able to perform a virtual assistant when it comes to blogging.
Do Not Multitask
Multitasking is one of the worst things you can do when it comes to time management. Doing this will completely ruin your setup and schedule. Therefore, it is always best to stick to one task at a time. Make sure you complete one task to your best abilities before you move onto another.
There have been so many times that I have attempted to multitask and it always ends badly. Either you get everything done but not to a good standard or you get too overwhelmed and don’t completely finish any of your tasks. These possibilities shows the importance of time management and how much you will benefit from it.
Not multitasking and sticking to one job at a time will make it much easier to stick to your time blocks and get your high priority jobs done.
“Don’t half ass two things. Whole ass one thing” – Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
Get Rid Of Distractions
If you have things to get done, don’t let any distractions hang around. Having my phone around is the worst distraction for me at times. Therefore I highly recommend turning off your phone or putting it on flight mode when needing to get some work done at home.
This works for me when I’m writing blog posts. As any form of notification on my phone can distract me and make me lose my writing flow. It is very stressful when this happens and you lose your inspiration and can’t get it back. I’ve had times when I couldn’t get any inspiration back for a whole day or longer after getting distracted.
However, it is very easy to get rid of any distractions. So do it!
Get Your Biggest/Hardest Job Of The Day Done First
A very simple yet effective second to last tip.
Simply narrow down which task of yours is the most difficult or biggest and get it done first thing. Do not procrastinate and leave it for the end knowing how difficult it can be. That is the worst thing you could do and will cause more stress than it’s worth.
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Thank you so much for reading everyone. I know that I have had a very big break from blogging over December. I had a lot of hours at work, Christmas and my birthday to worry about. But I am back now and better than ever for the new year. My main resolution is to focus more on my blog and grow it even more. Any shares and comments are always appreciated so much!
I love you all. Happy New Year!