How To Manage Time
When I first started running my own business I knew that I would need to learn how to manage time, but I wasn’t sure how to do it properly. Without a regular set period of hours (9-5) or a boss telling me what to do, I was working 17 hours a day in a rush to learn and grow. I eventually found myself burning out.
Burnout is the result of focusing on one thing at the expense of everything else. I aim to have my life well-shaped. I’m sure you would like the same for your life too. I am so glad I learned how to manage time.
Do you find yourself experiencing the following symptoms?
- Feeling overwhelmed, seeming like a struggle to make a plan of action for what steps to take.
- Usual necessities like eating or taking a shower become an inconvenience.
- Feeling self-doubt and find it hard to motivate yourself, resulting in plodding along with no reward.
- Struggling to settle on a night before sleeping, stressed with thoughts.
There’s one thing that we can all do to achieve a less stressful and overloaded life. That would be learning how to manage time. Practising time management daily brings less stress and helps you lead a more enjoyable life. You should definitely learn how to manage time so that you can do everything you want to do, otherwise what’s the point in working so hard?
Below I have listed 7 rules on how to manage time. I hope it works well for you like it does for me.
1. Start Your Day Right.
Important: Don’t rush or you’ll instantly start the day in a panic. The first thing I do when I wake up is take a big drink of water, almost a pint to be exact. After that I take a few moments to quietly gather my thoughts, I then think about 3 things I am grateful for in life, it can even be very basic things. Make sure to eat a nutrition packed breakfast.
2. Plan Your Day Ahead.
Have a set of reasonable goals for the day, plan what you would like to accomplish, if it’s easier you can set the entire week’s goals on the prior Sunday night. Make sure to break up the big tasks into more bite sized ones so you will know what needs to be done each day, it makes it easier when it comes to performing on them. If you don’t break them down into chewable bites, you will probably overwhelm yourself before you even start.
3. Prioritize Your Tasks.
Decide what is the best way to attack the week, order the most important tasks first after planning your day, figure out the tasks you can forget about and learn to say “no” to others who want you to do things that you don’t have time for. Most of those people who jump at you with false emergencies don’t know how to manage time and disrupt yours without noticing.
4. Delegate Your Tasks.
I personally outsource things that aren’t too important. Which means the tasks that aren’t my priority still get done and I benefit from their completion. I also have learned to let people do what they are good at, so I can focus on doing things that I am good at, if I suck at it, I am not even going to attempt it. I’ll end up frustrated, distracted and achieve nothing from it in the end. Don’t get burned out doing things you don’t like doing.
5. Exercise, Relax, Socialise.
This is you ‘recharging’ where you just hit the pause button on your mind, in your own time and pleasure. Rewarding yourself for getting tasks completed is a must. You’ll eventually start to notice that you get things done faster when you apply deep focus to bite-sized tasks. Following a big push with relaxation gives you a burst of energy for next time round you get to work. I noticed the people I was socialising with were rushing or overwhelmed, the majority even asked me how to manage time, hence why I wrote this blog post.
6. Apply The 10-Minute Rule.
We all have tasks we dread to do, sometimes we really can’t gather the willpower to do them, that’s why I apply the 10-minute rule. The rule is to just work on it for 10 minutes. Chances are, once you get started you will continue working on it. Do that for the next few days and the task will get done – and off your back. You know you have got to do it anyway, so just get it done. This is important when you are making progress on how to manage time.
7. End Your Day With Tomorrow Planned.
This is one of the most important out of these 7 rules. I like to end my day by making a quick list of what I need to do the next day. The reason I do this is because my mind is fresh and clear to meditate before I sleep (using Headspace app on my iPhone). The next day requires less concentration and I don’t have to try and remember what’s needed, making me excited for the day instead. New day, new opportunities!
I hope I could help with some rules on how to manage time, remember these 7 rules and stick to them. I wish you the best of luck with your ventures.
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