It’s the start of a new month and we already have deadlines we’re seemingly racing to. Even it’s just paying bills, there is always something that we need to be doing and that needs to be on our radar. This is especially true for all the goal-getters out there. If you have goals, are climbing the ladder, or are trying to get your own side hustle off the ground, then you know that time management is essential. And you might know that because you constantly feel like you’re never meeting deadlines and that you’re not getting anywhere.
Creating a time management routine is the first step in fighting off time. By creating a time management system, you’re proactively using time rather than fighting against it.
Take Back Your Time
We have to remember that when we’re managing our time, we aren’t creating time. Time itself doesn’t actually exist. So when we’re feeling pressured or weighed down by deadlines, it’s more than ok to take a deep breath and say ‘this is bs’. We always have time for the things we want to do and the time we spend relaxing or doing something exciting never seems long enough. While on the other hand, there is ‘never’ enough time to get things done.
The goal of time management is to change the way we relate to time. Time management allows you to take charge of your day by splitting it up into increments that work for you. The only way that you’ll find time management tips that work is if you take what’s presented and turn it into something of your own. My time management sheet includes a 7 am jam session with my child, but that might not have any ground in your own time management chart- but getting yourself pumped for the day in a different way can be!
Create a Realistic Plan
Sit down and plan out your next two weeks. Get out all of your notes, all your appointments, commitments, deadlines, important dates, etc. The key to making a time management plan that works is to be as realistic as possible. If you know you want to be in bed by nine, but you have tasks that would suffer, then consider pushing back your bedtime. But also, keep in mind if you’re getting up early then you need to go to bed earlier. Obviously, I’m big on sleep. But really, we need to make sure that all of our needs are met, not just the deadlines we’re pushing towards.
Remember that you need to eat and allot time to preparing your meal too- fast food will only slow you down unfortunately! The same applies to going out with friends, personal time, time spent with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, etc.
Recruit an Accountability Partner
Ashleigh and I (Nathalie) are really big on holding each other accountable. We tend to break the promises that we make to ourselves- and I think that’s fairly common for everyone. But, it’s harder to let down a friend or mentor, or even a family member. Bonus points if you get them to do it with you too!
Remember that there is success in numbers. Share your perspective plan with them and ask them to check in on it with you during the week. They may be able to help you create a better time management chart or could purely provide the support and push you need to create these new habits.
Schedule Time Off Everyday
Remember how I said you have to be realistic? Well needing time off on a daily basis is a realistic need. Self-care is so important for our sanity in our daily lives, but it’s something we often feel guilty about. And while scheduling time off while creating a time management routine seems a little counterintuitive, it will actually majorly help in the long run.
If you know that you have 30 minutes later in the day to do nothing but stare at the TV, phone, or wall, then you’re more likely to push now and get that thing done. As you start cutting out your time wasting habits, you’ll meet your deadlines faster and with less stress. And if you’re schedule is super busy and you’re rolling your eyes at me- don’t you want an ensured 30 minutes to do nothing but breathe tonight? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Put the Plan Where You’ll See it
If you already have a vision board, this is the perfect place to put your new time management plan! But if you don’t, don’t worry! You can hang it up on your door, take a picture and use it as your lock screen, or just have it on your phone in a note. Setting alarms has been extremely helpful to me so I can be sure not to linger on a particular task for too long.
If you have a day planner, that’s by far the best place to put it! The point is, find something that you look at everyday and put it there!
Find Where your Time Disappears
As you’re following this plan, you’ll probably notice that your time is still disappearing. How. Howw is this happening?! That’s where your time has been disappearing this whole time. You’d be surprised how much time visiting Facebook for 30 minutes each time can take up in a day.
Netflix is only on in the background right, but how long are you watching it instead of doing the task you’re supposed to be doing?
As you’re implementing your plan, write down the areas where you’re finding yourself drifting off and losing focus. Track this for a week and take a look when it’s over. How much time are you draining and wasting?
Create Routines Within Routines
Certain things can take up the entire day if we let them, especially when we’re building our side hustles or trying to perfect something on a particular project. Creating routines and time limits within routines is the best way to combat this. As part of your morning schedule or when you get into the office, check your emails, do some stretching, find your notes for the day, etc, but have it scheduled to take no longer than 1.5 hours.
You can always revisit these things later in the day, but it prevents it from cutting into the time that you need to spend on something else. The best part is, this cuts down on multi-tasking. If you’re not trying to think of everything, and instead only on these few start-of-the-day tasks you’ll find that you get them done faster and with better quality.
The trick to mastering time is to management what we can do with what we’re given. There’s always going to be deadlines and commitments that we need to attend to – but it doesn’t have to be accompanies by stress and anxieties. What time management tips do you use?
If you’re interested in more time management tips, and tools that can kick start your goal-crushing, check out our April 2018 Toolkit: The Manifesting Hustler’s Survival Guide!