I love life. I love to be busy and do absolutely everything I can. So…I like the idea of time management. It means I can cram in everything I want. It also means I can relax on occasion!!
It’s also necessary when let’s say you work multiple jobs, are in school, want to workout regularly, fulfill church responsibilities, serve in the community, and have a social life, etc. (And yes, I’ve been in all of those situations.)
So… here are 5 ways I’ve found work for me to manage my time!!!
- PLAN AHEAD!! Use whatever calendaring system that works for you! I used the dinky school planners and agendas while in school, then moved to a Franklin Covey planner (Which I LOVED.), and now I’m all digital all the time! (My favorites are Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook) I spend time every week to plan out my week. Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean you are locked into this! Plans change, and that’s ok. But a plan allows for you to make time for everything that is important to you. (Or to realize if you DON’T have time for something!) Keep in mind you want to aim for about 70% of your time to be planned, because let’s be real…30% of our time are filled with emergencies!
- Follow the 80/20 rule. Studies show that typically only 20% of our daily activities yield the results we are looking for. So what is your desired result? What are your goals? Now what things are you doing that really are bringing that result? Make sure those activities are getting done first.
- Group things. Making a lot of calls today? Make them at the same time. Cooking? Try meal prepping several meals all at once. Doing similar activities all at once allows for your mind to get in a rhythm and work faster.
- Join the DIN DIN Club! I used to work for Mary Kay and I loved this idea. The DIN DIN Club was the group that chose to do things when they thought of them. DIN stands for “Do It Now”. There was a little song to make it stick in your head. I’ve remembered it for almost 10 years now! This means when you think you need to text someone, do it right then. When you see the room needs to be tidied, do it right then. You get the idea. 🙂 Obviously, you can’t always do this – but when you can, do it.
- Use the Pomodoro Technique. Remove all distractions, and set a timer for 25 minutes. Now tackle your task. If you just sit down(or stand!) for 25 minutes and focus solely on your task(s) at hand you can conquer a lot of ground. This also means you can get up and take a well-deserved break every 25 minutes!
There are hundreds of methods to manage time. Everyone is different and so different things will work for you. But here are a few things that have helped me stay on top of my life. (To some extent anyway. 😉 ) I hope you try them and see some productivity happening in your lives!