Everyone has those days where your to-do list seems never-ending, and you barely get to relax in the evenings before you’re getting up and doing it all again. Time is money they say, and just like budgeting to keep track of your money, you should be budgeting to keep track of your time. It’s very easy to let the day slip away from you, leaving you exhausted and unable to enjoy your free time as much. Below are a few tips to help you manage your time better and leave you ready to put that free time to good use.
Everything can be done online and in the click of a button now, and there’s a good reason for that. Companies know that your time is precious to you and they want to help you get more out of life. Use the services available to you that make your life easier. Many shops offer an online shop and delivery service for your weekly groceries, meaning that you can avoid the huge queues and crowded aisles. You can even save your favourites to allow your shop to be done in even quicker time. There are also plenty of other services available at the touch of a button. You could use an online pharmacy to avoid the long waits for your prescription to be filled; you can even organise extra tuition for your children online if they need some help. The possibilities are endless, and they will all save you some valuable time during the course of your day.
Plan your tasks
The order in which you do your tasks is very important. Many people go through the day making it up as they go along, sometimes wasting huge amounts of time by not planning ahead. Start with the biggest tasks first; it’s best to do the difficult things in the morning when you have the most energy. You should also bear in mind the route you will take when travelling. If you have a big errand to run, but on your way there you are almost passing another small job that you have planned to tackle later in the day, it makes sense to take advantage of your location. This way you cut down on the time and distance travelled to get all your jobs done. Do your jobs in the most efficient order possible. It may take you a little longer to plan your day, but you will manage everything in a much shorter period of time than if you tried to luck your way through.
One at a time
You may think you are a multi-tasking genius, and you may well be. But when it comes to maximising your productivity during the day, it can actually be counterproductive to try and do multiple things at once. Sure, you might have the odd time that you are able to kill two birds with one stone, but most of the time you will actually be spreading yourself too thin. You don’t want to risk trying to juggle too much and not getting anything finished because you have a mountain of half-finished jobs on the go. Make sure you finish the job in hand first, then move on to the next item.
Lists are your friends
You may already have a to-do list set up, but it’s important to structure it a little better than just having a long list, which can seem daunting. Definitely, have a long list of things to do, but you should also create a smaller, daily to-do list. You won’t be able to complete all your tasks in one day, and having a few weeks worth of jobs listed out can make the tasks seem monumental. Create a daily plan of jobs you will be tackling, and pace yourself. Don’t give yourself a huge list of things to do when you know full well that you won’t be able to finish it before you burn out. It is better to do a few jobs every day and maintain a consistent pace than it is to try to do everything in a few days, fail, and feel bad about not living up to your expectations. You need to factor in time to eat lunch, take a break, and get some fresh air.
There you have it, a few easy tips to help you manage your time effectively, leaving you free to spend your evenings and weekends however you see fit. So whether you want to go adventuring in the wild or have a duvet day on the sofa, you know that you have worked hard to earn that time to do what you want.