Learning How To Manage Time
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The term “time management” can mean many things to different people. Some think of it as having more money, while others associate it with finding time to do what you want to do.
Whether you are just getting started managing your time or you feel like you have been doing it for years, there is always something new that you can add into your repertoire.
In this article, we will talk about some easy ways to start organizing and controlling your time. We will go over several tools and strategies that can help you get organized and stay motivated to organize yourself.
Many of these tips will be cost-free so even if you don't have much money, you can try them out. Others will require an investment in time upfront but will eventually pay off in saved time later on.
We will also discuss how making changes to your lifestyle can influence your spending habits and income. This could include giving up expensive distractions (such as going to coffee shops to work) or changing your career path to one that uses less time.
This article will hopefully inspire you to make the changes needed to manage your time and keep moving forward with your life.
Work on your most important task
A few years ago, I read an article about how most people are spending too much time in front of their computer or smartphone doing things like watching TV, surfing the net, checking social media, and so on.
It made me think about my own habit of staying up late working on projects that I’ve been thinking about for weeks if not months.
Then there was the podcasting…I need to find another way to organize all this talking!
So what did I do? I gave myself a deadline. One week from today, I will make changes to help me reduce screen time.
That’s it! If you set a big goal, chances are you’ll achieve it within the allotted time frame.
You can now add “time management” to the list of things you know how to do. You have succeeded in completing one small part of a bigger project, which is always a worthy accomplishment.
A great way to manage your time is by limiting the number of activities you participate in. If something seems like it could be worth doing, ask yourself if it’s really necessary.
It’s impossible to achieve perfection every day, so don’t feel that you must do everything that looks interesting. Also, try not to overwork yourself — take one step at a time and give yourself some downtime.
You can also use systems to help you focus. For example, you might make commitments early in the morning and keep them until late afternoon, or you can designate certain hours for work and stick to them.
There are many ways to organize and structure your life, so find one that works for you. Don’t get too attached to any old system, though! Keep looking till you find one that makes you happy.
Another good tip is to only spend money on things that you need. Investing in less expensive headphones can prevent you from listening to poor quality music.
Heck, invest in no music equipment at all! You’ll save lots of money and space.
A few years ago, I would have told you that it’s impossible to manage your time if you don’t do anything except work for hours on end. But we live in an era where people are aware of this trick!
In fact, I read somewhere that only one percent of working professionals survive their jobs by putting in 10-hour days without any down time. So why not use that knowledge to help you achieve your goal of managing your time?
Give yourself some slack by taking regular breaks. You should take a short break every couple of hours, even if you just need a minute to grab something to eat or make a call.
This is particularly important at the beginning when you're still getting the hang of being able to stop and refresh. Plus, studies show that mental health benefits from breaking up continuous activity (like spending eight hours sitting behind a computer) with shorter pauses.
I know it can feel uncomfortable to take a break, but forcing yourself to really relax will pay off in the long run. Try giving yourself a set amount of time after each task to unwind before moving onto the next thing.
And remember, even though you may think you don't have enough time, you probably do! We all have the same number of hours per day, and there's no reason to spend more than half of them doing things that waste time and energy.
Wake up early
A lot of people say that they cannot get up early, but really you should try it out for one week. If you can wake up before sunrise every morning, then start waking an hour earlier next week!
If you are able to sleep at night after working hard all day, then go ahead and do that too. You will need to conserve some energy during the nighttime hours so you can enjoy your sleep later on.
You should also be in control of when you go to bed and how long you spend asleep each night. This helps reset your body’s clock as well.
Planning activities for the day ahead help keep yourself awake since you're looking forward to them. Having a routine makes your sleep more structured. Also, avoid napping during the daytime because this could lead to sleeping through the rest of the afternoon or evening.
Make plans for next week
The hardest part of managing your time is actually making the plan to manage it! Once you have that made, you can move onto the second step which is sticking to your plan.
It’s very easy to make a plan and then never stick to it. You could say “I will work on this project after I do my other projects” or “I will start doing my job tomorrow” but they are not really good enough reasons.
You need to be able to put in the effort now into planning ahead so that you don’t have to repeat these steps later when you forget what you planned to do.
There are several ways to achieve this. One way is to use an app that helps you maintain order and organization. These apps help you track everything from where you left off to how much time you spend on each task and if you completed them.
They also let you create reminders and alerts for yourself to keep things organized.
Use a time management chart
A helpful tool for managing your time is using a time management chart! What kind of chart you use depends on what types of tasks you have and how much free time you have.
There are many different type of time management charts that can help you organize and understand your time.
The most common type is called an agenda-style weekly review where you make columns or lists for each week and put in all the things you need to do, and then stick pins into the appropriate slots with times you will do them.
This way you see at a glance everything that has to be done this week and you can move any slot around if something comes up later. It also helps people who may not feel comfortable doing their own time planning but like having some structure to their day.
A lot of people have a busy schedule, which is why they end up being overwhelmed at the end of the day. You can be too busy doing things you need to do to feel like you’re getting enough done.
If this sounds familiar, there are ways to automate certain tasks or parts of your job so that you don’t have to work them every day.
This removes some of the pressure since you no longer have to set aside time for these activities, but you still get the same result.
And while it may sound boring now, I think it’s important to separate out doing those jobs from how much you want to accomplish in one day.
I know it’s hard when you want to put in all night working on projects, but if you try to do it without taking breaks, you won’t get very far. You will burnout.
Taking short breaks helps you re-focus and re-energize for the next stage of project completion. It also gives you time to relax and reset.
There are several good time management apps that can help you organize and track everything. Some even offer free plans! Try them out to see what works for you.
Learn to prioritize
It’s easy to think that because you have time to do things, you should be doing all of them. But that isn’t a good way to manage your time.
Getting more done takes careful planning and organization. You need to figure out what is important and what can be less important to you, and focus only on those things.
Prioritizing means figuring out how much energy you have and deciding which activities are worth your limited resources.
You will never feel like you have enough time, but you get one chance to make every day meaningful.