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Time Management Tips to Transform Your Life

By: Mariah Rogers
Oct 6, 2020 • 7 min read

Time Management Tips to Transform Your Life

Have you ever felt like there are not enough hours in the day? Unfortunately, this can become a daily reality unless you master the art of time management. The truth is, it is possible to complete everything you need to get done, as long as you prioritize your tasks. This will be a challenge at first, but it will become a lifestyle after implementing these practices consistently. Improving your time management techniques will help give you enough freedom to find balance in your day and get your life back. What are you waiting for? Now is the time to reclaim your freedom and create the perfect time management plan for you. Here’s how!

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You can do anything but not everything

You’ve probably heard this quote before. But it’s true! This saying is very applicable to the points we will explore in this blog. Understand that you can do anything you set your mind to each day, as long as you identify what is most important to you. Consider factors to determine this importance, such as time, passion, and delivery.

  1. Time – How much time will this task take me? Do I expect to be working on this project all day, or all week?
  2. Passion- Am I excited about this task? Is this something I am looking forward to working on?
  3. Delivery- When does this need to be done by? Are there other people depending on me to get this task done by a certain date?

Ask yourself these questions to determine the importance of each task. This will help you move onto the next tip, which is learning how to prioritize.

Prioritize your tasks

If you answered the questions above and find out that one task is more urgent than the other, complete this project first. This might seem like a no-brainer, but it can be easy to get lost in the fun stuff you’re passionate about and forget that your coworker needs that spreadsheet by 5pm. Prioritize your tasks on a list by importance to better manage your time and give yourself the satisfaction of completing projects daily.

For example:

  1. Submit the weekly timesheet to Karen so that employees can get paid, and Karen has enough time to do so.
  2. Work on the content creation calendar for this week, since I am excited to start on this.
  3. Continue working on editing and revising the email regarding lunch breaks scheduled to be sent out next week.

This is a great priority list that organizes tasks from most urgent to least urgent.

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When you are done, be done

This is easier said than done. How many times have you put way more time and effort into a project than it needed, rather than moving onto the next task? This is a critical mistake many people make who have poor time management skills. When you are done with a project or task, put it away. Move onto the next priority so that you can move through your list of tasks easily, leaving time after work to enjoy your personal interests.

Self-talk: I did everything necessary for this project, and it is completed to the best of my ability. It is time to move on and complete the rest of my tasks to manage my time accordingly. 

Check-in with yourself

Even the most strategic and timely people have off-days. This is completely normal! Not every day will be your most motivated and productive day. While time management is an important skill, don’t let it control your life. Allow time for the unexpected surprises life brings, to recharge and spark your creativity.

Self-talk: I am feeling off today. It is raining, and I did not sleep well. I will take it easy today and get as much done as I can, without pressuring myself. 

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Manage your personal life

Time management is not only used for the workplace and for career-focused tasks. Rather, it should be used in all aspects of your life for the best results. This way, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and reduce the stress of running behind. This will allow you to have a better relationship with time and to live more freely.

After- work routine:

  • Go for a walk.
  • Drop off pasta dinner to local elderly neighbors.
  • Read 1 chapter in my book.
  • Finish weekly laundry.

Notice how these tasks are not numbered. Rather, the bullet points serve as a checklist. You are identifying what you need to get done, but you have the freedom to choose when you want to do them and how long you wish to spend on each task.

Communicate to others

Having friends, family, and coworkers support your time management journey is essential. If you surround yourself with an environment in which people are procrastinators or do not practice self-management, this can harm your progress. Communicate when you will have projects ready, times you are available for a walk with friends, and how long you have to catch up on your favorite tv show.

The most important tip is to practice a healthy relationship with time. Manage your tasks, time, and priorities. Don’t allow them to manage you!

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