It’s no secret that time management is a work in progress for me. I know that through prioritization and better use of the gift of time, I should theoretically be able to accomplish everything I need to on a daily basis.
And yet…I still find myself struggling to stay “on task”–something that is, arguably, a bit difficult when you don’t work in a traditional work setting (with a manager, task lists, etc.); taking the initiative to get things done on your own can be a bit of struggle for some (*raises hand*). Odious tasks may sit on your list, playing a distant second to activities like social media or TV (hello folding laundry) Since welcoming our two children, I have become much better at managing my time, but still have ways to go.
If you struggle with time management as well, here are three things I have found helpful to keep in mind. I hope they help you, too!
1. Take advantage of your “peak time.” For some, mornings may be the best time to tick things off a to-do list. For others, late at night may be the optimal time. Be you an early bird or a night owl, or something in between, chances are good you know when you function best–your “peak time.”
I’ve found I accomplish more to-do list items early in the morning, before the kids are awake. I am also able to do things after the kiddos are in bed, but I am usually tired myself at that point, so try to ensure I get things that require optimal brain function done early in the day.
2. Make a list. This isn’t something that only Type A personalities do–it’s something most of us can benefit from. I prefer the old-fashioned way of list-making: I use a planner and a pen. My to-do list for the day is usually a visual disaster; the shorthand alone makes my husband cringe, and at some point I may utilize an electronic list method, but for now, if it ain’t broke…
Do all of the items get crossed off each day? No. It’s more of a list of goals, but when I have them written down, I’m more likely to accomplish them all. Lists also make #3 easier…
3. Prioritize reasonably…and practice grace. That dental appointment you have on Tuesday will probably take (SHOULD take) priority over, say, finishing up a library book due next week. Figure out what absolutely must get done, and make it happen. At the same time though, give yourself a bit of grace if you don’t finish everything. It’s okay. Dust yourself off when those days come (and they will…a lot) and start fresh tomorrow.
…with a new list!
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