Organizing your time can be a tricky thing. Whether you’re struggling to stay on top of your workload or having a hard time balancing work and your other relationships, effective time management can make life a whole lot easier. Here are a few quick tips to help you get organized and stay on top of everything without hiring a personal assistant.
Learn When To Say No
If you’re one of those guys who struggles to say no to anyone, you probably have far too much on your plate. Learn to turn down commitments that you’re not really able to give 100% to, and focus on the important things instead. If something makes you uncomfortable or seems like it’ll take up more time than you have, be assertive and politely decline.
Know Your Priorities
Having a clear list of priorities can help you to avoid dedicating too much time to something that isn’t as important as you might think. Make a physical list if your responsibilities are getting mixed up in your mind and make sure you’ve dealt with the commitments at the top of the list before you even consider moving on to the rest.
Make A Schedule
If you’re entering into each day with no plan for how you’re going to organize your time then it’s no surprise that you feel a little confused. Use an app on your phone or simple pen and paper to give your day some structure- make an hour-by-hour timetable and then stick to it. Don’t forget to schedule in coffee breaks, fresh air and meals- you’re not superman, after all.
Avoid Time Wasting
So many of us waste hours a day on social media, gaming and watching TV. Although a little down time is always important, be aware of what you’re doing. Use your down time wisely and try to relax and take care of yourself when you’re not working instead of tuning out in front of a screen.
Break It Down
If you feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tasks you’re faced with, try not to look at the bigger picture. Break things down into manageable tasks and approach them one at a time.
Keep Your Mind Fresh
Having a sharp, clear head will make time management feel simple and easy. Keep your brain in peak condition by getting at least eight hours of sleep every night, eating a balanced diet and making time for exercise.