When you learn good time management skills, you’ll find freedom from deadline pressure and stress in general. Imagine feeling productivity and having time to do things you enjoy most. Time management skills are like a good pair of jeans – you may have to try several to find the right fit. If you’re looking for more effective ways to get things done in a day, we gathered some of the best time savings tips and hacks that we love and think you will time.
1. Time Blocking
Lining up unrelated tasks is a surefire way to kill your creative flow, get distracted, and waste time. Managing your schedule using time blocking is one of the best ways to manage your time and complete all your tasks. For example, working on a homework assignment for 60 minutes opposed to 3 hours reduces the chances that you’ll grow bored or get distracted. Time blocking has been proven to drastically increase productivity and time management.
2. Set deadlines
Have you ever worked on a project for weeks, or even months and saw zero results? Deadlines count ask accountability and acts as a motivator to accomplish tasks. When there’s a deadline involved, you’re more likely to work consistently and effectively to get it done. Break things into smaller tasks to complete over time and viola your project or assignment is done!
3. Block out distractions, don’t rely on will power
Do not disturb = your BFF. Ever get started on a project and get ding after ding from your phone? Most times its a social media notification or sales email coming through. By the time you open it, you’re distractions and unfocused. Don’t rely on will power, turn off your notifications and put your phone on do not disturb for a few hours. Power through your workload and get things done.
4. Have a planner or productivity tool
First, find a planner or productivity tool that works for you. If you’re a planner person, check out our Glamorous Planner, it has built-in productivity sections to help you plan and organize your schedule like a pro. Other options include time cubes, notebooks and productivity apps. There’s no right or wrong tool to help you manage you time. Find what works for you and be consistent with it.
5. Prepare the night before
If you’re not naturally a morning person, executing your “morning routine” effectively may be difficult for you. Preparing for your day the night before allows you to save time, reduce stress, or maybe even score you a few extra minutes of sleep. Either way, it’s a win-win for you and helps you manage your time better.
What are ways you can make things easier for yourself for tomorrow?
For example, you could:
- Write up a to-do list
- Pack your bag for work/the gym/school
- Plan your outfit
- Prepare breakfast
- Charge your electronics you need for the day
What are your tips for managing your time like a pro?