The definition of time management is; the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively…
So… like the opposite of procrastination. Sorry to burst your bubble, guys…
Chances are, you’re here because you have absolutely no desire to do what you should really be doing.
And I am not going to sit here and tell you to get off your device and just go do what you should be doing, because let’s be honest…
… you probably won’t.
And if you’re like me at all, being told to do something just makes you want to do it less.
So, keep on reading and find out how you can go about your work in a more effective and productive way (before the last minute), and you may find the motivation you lost so so long ago.
1. Write out your to-do list and prepare for the week ahead.
I don’t think I would be able to manage my time half as well if I didn’t do this every Monday morning. You don’t need to be a student to do this… If your a stay-at-home mom you can write out what you need to accomplish this week and what you want to accomplish, and see how much of each you can get done. Also, being able to check off something is very rewarding. 😉
2. Plan out your day in your head (or on paper).
I do this all the time, and I don’t think I would get as much done without it. Think through all the tasks that you need to accomplish that day, and think of when you want to do it. Eat breakfast. School. Stretch. Lunch. More School…. and, so on. Making a mental schedule in your brain will make you 2x as likely to accomplish them.
3. Make work fun.
You will never want to do something if you have no motivation, and finding motivation is WAY easier if it’s fun. So, clean up your workspace, and light some candles. Make your workspace a place where you want to be. Make a game out of chores or listen to fun music while you clean. You can find fun ways to do anything… just be creative and think positively.
4. Learn to prioritize.
This is so important, and I feel like it’s where a lot of people fail. If you are a busy person you need to prioritize things. No, you don’t need to go vacuum the underside of the sofa cushions if you have a five-page paper due Friday, and don’t go clean the tiny corner of the basement when your living room(which is where more people spend their time) needs cleaning too. Think through all the tasks that you want to accomplish and start with the ones that matter most.
5. Learn to say ‘no’.
Whether your friends just asked you to spend the day with them, your distant cousin just asked you to watch her dogs for the three full days, or Netflix is just calling your name… learn when it’s good to say ‘no’. I mean, yes, it would be very generous of you to “watch her dogs”, but if you have something important you NEED to do, it is absolutely okay to say ‘no’.
6. Throw out the distractions.
Another important one. Distractions are anything that deters you from what you should be doing. You can’t expect work to get done if you’re constantly on the computer, or you’re knitting, watching videos, or playing with your dogs. No matter how great these activities may be by themselves, don’t let them distract you from what important.
Turn off your devices completely, set aside you crafts, and do what you probably should’ve done yesterday.
7. Make sure your sanity is a priority, too.
If you don’t take care of yourself you will never find motivation, and you’ll constantly be tired. Get sleep, hydrate, eat right, exercise, make time for friends and family. Nothing else will matter if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Your health comes before your work. And, if you are feeling great, your motivation will increase tremendously.
To conclude, planning is your best friend when managing your time. If you go throughout life taking things as they become issues and not think through how to best accomplish your work, you may only get half as much done as you could.
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” –Paul J. Meyer
Thank you for reading!
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