In life, with so many things going on, it’s easy to get distracted. Because of this, we tend to lose sight of our time, especially when it comes to dividing our time amongst our relationships, passions, work, spiritual life, sleep and the list can go on. This can build up uneasy stress. However, there are solutions.
Time management is a skill that can be learned.
So, let’s look at your day. There are 24 hours in a day. This means you have 24 hours to do almost absolutely anything. Don’t believe me? Try reading ecclesiastes 3:1-8. “There is a time for everything.” So, now that you know you have 24 hours in a day and “there is a time for everything,” it is essential to divide up that time. So, let’s start.
1. Balance Is Key. Make A Schedule.
Balance is really important in determining how your schedule is to be set up and split. You have to know how much time is to be divided between each event in your life and act accordingly. Learning to balance your time is learning to manage your time. With that said, make a strict schedule with slight room for distractions, disturbances and breaks.
2. Make A List.
We all know you have a lot of things to accomplish within the day, week, year, decade and for some, century. Make a list of what you need to accomplish whether the task is simple or difficult. Having this list that you made yourself will help you know what you need to do and help you plan steps to complete it. Cross the task off the list once it is completed, so you know that you don’t have to complete it anymore. This can reduce stress, give you a sense of relief, accomplishment and may even spur motivation to conquer your other tasks. Feel free to rewrite and prioritize your list regularly.
Remember to do first things first. So, whichever task is the most important, make sure you work to complete that task first. This will only make finishing your other tasks even simpler.
4.Work in intervals.
Manage your time in portions. Compete against the clock. Maybe you can make it a goal to complete a portion of your task or the whole task in the next 15 minutes, half hour or hour.
5. Take A Break. Leave Time For Fun.
Make sure you give yourself a time to get loose, refresh, relax and refocus so that you can complete the task that is at hand. However, don’t make your relaxation time too long. Long breaks may make you become idle, distracted and make you lose focus.
6. Get Rid Of The, “I’ll Do This Tomorrow,” Mentality.
If you’re like some of us, you’re a procrastinator. Procrastination only hurts you when it comes to managing your time and while some procrastinators manage to get their work done, it is at a cost that may be detrimental. Tell yourself to get something done now rather than later. The moment you tell yourself, “I’ll do this tomorrow,” just remember, you’re in trouble.
Make sure you give yourself a time to sleep. 8 hours of sleep is standard, but make sure you get no less than 6 hours of sleep. Proper sleep can give you the energy, alertness, and functionality you need throughout the day, which you certainly need to manage your time.
8. What Time Do You Work Best?
Do you work better in the morning or evening? Take advantage of the time in which you are most productive.
9. Reward Yourself.
Once you complete a task or a set of tasks, especially a very important one, reward yourself. Give yourself a treat, a pat on your back and tell yourself, “I did it!”
Of course, there are other tips, but hopefully these tips are enough to help you. Discuss in the comments below other tips that can help people manage their time more efficiently.
Keep it 100.