There never seems to be enough time. Sound familiar? With today’s hectic work and personal schedules, time is the one thing we can’t grasp. We have it, and just like that it’s gone. And, with it goes our “things I wanted to do today but didn’t get around to” list that can tend to keep us up at night.
Well, being the new year and all, I say we make a resolution to get a better grip on time. Take control of it as a way to better manage our lives and keep us sane. Because, isn’t a stress-free you a more productive you?
Make a Schedule and Stick To It
For those who consider themselves schedule-intolerant, understood, and more power to you. For the rest of us who feel like we’re being pulled in every opposite direction known, there’s hope. Now, I know saying to make a schedule can be considered a “duh” statement. But, you’d be surprised by how many of us make a schedule only to completely ignore it. Your schedule is important. It confirms just how precious your time is and what you should do with it.
Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize
There are a dozen and one goals to be met, so priority is key when managing your time. Start out the day by prioritizing everything that needs to be done that day. You might even try scheduling each ‘to do’ into actual half-hour time slots for that given day. The more concrete you can be (with how and when you are going to meet your daily goals), the better. Recognize high priority, show stoppers first, of course. Keep in mind that what could be of the utmost importance to you at one point during the day may not be so important as the day moves on. Priorities change but it’s best to always having a starting point.
Organize Your Space
Chances are if your space/work area is disorganized, so are you. If your files, contact information, paperwork, and the like, have taken root on your desk, you’re going to spend more time looking for them. And, if you spend most of your little time looking for things, like paperwork and phone numbers, then you’ll have no time to actually accomplish anything. Maintain your space and utilize tools, such as Plaxo, to keep you better organized.
Sometimes, there are so many things going on, we just need a little help to meet our goals. Don’t shy away from hiring an assistant or intern, especially if you’re the disorganized type as mentioned above. A little help can go a long way when it comes to keeping on track. Plus, delegating work frees you up physically, mentally and sometimes emotionally.
Now, sit back and take a second to breathe.