Managing your time effectively can be one of the most useful skills we learn as individuals in order to progress our lives in each and every aspect of it. Using your time wisely not only means you can fit in more tasks and activities which you couldn’t do before but also means you free up more time to do with as you please.
If you struggle with fitting in what you need to during your day, here are a few tips that can help you to optimise the way you spend your time:
1. Get Better Sleep
It’s hugely important that you get a good amount of sleep if you want to be able to work effectively. Lacking in either of sleep quantity or quality can cause a number of detrimental effects on your mental and physical health.
Getting better sleep will be invaluable in avoiding burnout as well as improving your mental capacity in terms of memory, cognitive function and ability to solve problems.
2. Start With the Biggest Task
It can be very tempting to delay your most difficult or time-consuming task until the very end of the day but this is undoubtedly a recipe for procrastination and poor time management. As you push your main task later in the day due to whatever reason you can conjure up, your excuse-making momentum builds throughout the day to the point where it’s almost inevitable that “you’ll just do it tomorrow”.
Grinding your way through the hardest task first thing can require a good amount of mental willpower but it is crucial to getting your day started off in the right way. By getting the big task out of the way, you’ll be even more motivated to push through each of the remaining tasks and truly make the most of your day!
3. Make a List
Noting down the tasks and activities that you need to accomplish has an abundance of benefits when it comes to time management. It provides a simple way of remembering what you need to do as well as ingraining it into your subconscious so that you can stay organised and be fully aware of what you need to be doing in the current moment in time.
This can be done both electronically or on a piece of paper although ideally, if you write it down physically on paper it will help that extra bit in stimulating your productivity.
4. Make a Plan
This ties in strongly with writing down your tasks. Being able to create an effective plan whereby you are aware of exactly what you need to do and when to do it is a strong indication that you have good time management skills.
Whether it’s done the night before or in the morning, note down a plan of action for the day in order to prepare yourself for what you need to do and ensure that you can work knowing that you have enough time as long as you stay focused.
Using these 4 tips will aid you in your journey to becoming a better person. We all have 24 hours in the day but using them effectively can be the difference between a successful and happy life or one thwarted by procrastination and bad habits. If you’d like to read more about procrastination, check out my review of The War of Art, an essential book for knowing how to recognise and defeat procrastination.