Updated: Nov 24
Taking control of your time to live life more efficiently
Being able to manage your time means you'll learn to become more productive and efficient, not only with your own time, but with the time of others as well.
When you add in sleeping, eating, going to work, etc the minutes and hours start to add up and it becomes more difficult to make time for yourself or loved ones that you wish to spend time with.
After graduating college in 2018 I was able to pick up some good habits over the years
and wanted to share what I learned that helped me become more time-conscious.
Here are 5 ways that can help you have better time management:
Develop a Morning Routine
Utilize a calendar
Maintain good health
1. Set Priorities
List out your priorities and organize them by importance.
Know both your short-term and long-term priorities to develop tasks that you can perform now in order to work towards them.
Determine which priorities are the most important and work towards completing those tasks first.
We only have a certain amount of energy in any given day - allocate more of that energy towards the more important priorities that you have in your life.
2. Develop a Morning Routine
I didn't realize the significance of having a routine until I actually implemented one myself.
It's taught me to be more discipline, freed me up more time and allowed me to be more focused throughout the day.
When you create your own, you don't have to follow it to a tee, but at least having some kind of an outline is beneficial.
I don't follow mine exactly but most of my mornings go like:
4:30am-5:00am Wake up and read
5:00am-6:00am Work out or go for a run
6:00am-6:30am Eat breakfast and get my day started
I was able to develop a habit of waking up early from my previous job at an investment firm where I had to work the stock market hours of 6:30am - 1:00pm.
This was extremely helpful for me during the process of creating a routine since I already could wake up early. Here's how I developed my own: A Meaningful Morning Routine
3. Utilize a Calendar
Having a calendar and checking it every day helps keep us organized and allows us to plan around the tasks/activities we already have for that day.
Either a digital calendar or paper calendar works depending on your preference. Google Calendar is the most helpful resource for me as it has a lot of useful features.
You can create multiple calendars, integrate all of the calendars together and even share your calendar with colleagues or friends.
Jasian and I share calendars so that we're both aware of what's coming up and when to plan our meetings. The calendar is such a simple resource, but it's a huge contributor to the coordination of my time.
4. Avoid Procrastination
Procrastination is difficult to overcome, but once you do overcome it, you'll notice how much more valuable your time is.
Nowadays, social media and tv shows are the prime source of procrastination for most us whether it be scrolling through Instagram, watching YouTube videos or binge watching Netflix.
These should be kept at a moderation and you should limit your time spent on these platforms.
Take small steps.
Start off by limiting yourself little-by-little every week. It's hard to just wake up one day and make such a dramatic transition.
You can also reward yourself for being able to cut down your procrastination time. This will motivate you and incentivize you to cut down even more.
5. Maintain Good Health
The greatest investment that we can make is in ourselves.
Eating the right foods and exercising often makes us both look and feel better. It allows us to have the stamina and energy to get things done with a clearer mind, thus allowing us to be more productive.
I try to do some form of physical activity like dancing or exercising once a day. Any kind of physical activity serves as a mental break for me and reduces my stress levels so that I can perform at a high level the next day.
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