Time is MONEY! You can relate to this 100% if you’re trying to attain an entrepreneur lifestyle, a working mom, juggling more than 1 job, or just an ambitious go-getter with many responsibilities. Your time is valuable so you have to make sure you are making time for the right things.
These are some of my favorite tips to help you manage your time better.
- 5 by 5 Rule – One of my favorite time-saving
hackis this rule. Ask yourself – Is is going to matter 5 years from now, if not, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset, worried, or preoccupied byit.
- Compartmentalize – There is a diagram you may have come across before called the Eisenhower Box. It looks at tasks that are important or urgent. I made a template for you
toget a better understanding of how to break down your tasks.
- Emphasis on the eliminating – Be okay with saying NO to the things that are wasting your time. If there is even one thing that you can cut out of your day, it will mean more time to do something that matters to you.
- Get off your phone – This is an essential time-saving hack. I can’t tell you how easy it is for me to spend time on my phone. It is not your friend when it comes to time management. You need to have the self-discipline to put it down. Luckily, there are apps that can you to stay focused on the task at hand. I’ve linked them here!
- Delegate, delegate, delegate! – If you’re a business owner and there are tasks that you can delegate to your team, I would highly suggest doing so. That way you can put time towards growing your business, marketing, or other important tasks on your list.
- Put a timer – if you are seriously crunched for time. I would suggest putting a timer on your tasks. That way you are mentally taking note of what needs to get done. But also making time for the other tasks as well. If are focused on the most important and urgent tasks then you should be able to get them all done in the time frame needed.
- Don’t multitask – This is a common mistake people make. When you try to multitask, you end up needing more time than required because you’re constantly shifting your focus from task to task.
- Take breaks – Another important tip to remember so you don’t burn yourself out is to take breaks. You need these mental breaks so you’re not going to overwhelm yourself. Make sure you’re eating in between and staying hydrated, not that you’re training for a marathon, but it will help with regaining focus for the next task.
- Schedule time for email – One thing I found myself doing several times during the day was checking emails. Once you start checking one, you start checking the others and before you know it – you just lost that time to get another task done. It’s okay – you don’t have to answer every person right then and there. You will be more productive allocating time for it.
- Be realistic and flexible- sometimes things pop-up that need your attention
inthat moment. Be able to have some free time in case something does come up because life happens.
- Chill out – I say schedule time to chill out. It is the best way to reward yourself at the end of the day.
- Plan out your week on Sunday – I love Sundays as my day to relax a little from my other responsibilities and just have some me-time but I also love Sundays to plan out my week, important events coming up, and deadlines to meet. This way I get the blueprint of the week ahead of time so I’m not clueless about my time. I suggest using a calendar or planner – whatever floats your boat. But use something.
Bonus Tip: Don’t give up – there will be days where it may not turn out or start out how you expected. The most important thing is to not end your day unsuccessful, do something no matter how small to contribute to your day. That way you know you made use of your time somehow.
I hope these tips help you out! Take Care!
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