If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that there never seems to be quite enough hours in the day. We all lead busy lives and when procrastination takes over, things can sometimes end up on the backburner. If you’re finding yourself struggling to manage your time and you’re in need of some time management tips, check out this list we’ve curated specially for all you procrastinators.
Make a list
Set up a list of your “to dos” each day and start checking things off throughout the day. We’re not talking about a mental checklist here. We mean physically take pen to paper and write out the things you need to get done.
The purpose is two-fold. First, writing things down is a great way to commit them to memory. When you write down your important tasks, they are less likely to slip through the cracks. Additionally, it’s motivational to check things off your list and see your accomplishments. It will motivate you to get more done and spend your time in a productive way.
Categorize your tasks
Unfortunately, we’re only human. You aren’t going to be able to get every single thing done that you want to get done each day (But wouldn’t that be nice?). Take a moment to categorize your “to dos” into 4 different categories. These are: urgent and important, not urgent but important, urgent but not important, and neither urgent nor important.
For instance, a work deadline is both urgent and important so that will take priority. Something like doing laundry might be important but not urgent. Break down your list into the 4 categories and start with the most urgent and important things first.
Give yourself a break
Source: wellandgood.com/ PinterestThis is especially important when it comes to work. You don’t want to burn yourself out! Take breaks throughout your day to eat, move around, and get outside. Taking an afternoon walk is a great way to get some fresh air, do some exercise, and give your brain a break from your responsibilities.
You can’t put yourself on auto drive forever or you’re going to wear yourself out. When we have a lot on our plate it can be hard to step away, but it’s likely the thing you need most. Taking a moment to yourself will refresh your mind and end up actually saving you time.
Give yourself time limits
Another great way to get your stuff done is to set some time limits. If you’re working on a difficult problem at work and it’s eating up large chunks of your day, set a timer for an hour. If you haven’t worked out the problem, switch to something else for a while.
Return to this problem later. It might be difficult to step away but having a mindset switch to another task might give you just the refresh you need to tackle the problem later. Do your best to stick to the time limits. This goes for your breaks as well.