How to Manage Time
Laundry, clean car, clean room, make budget, go to work, shop for trip, pack for trip, paint nails, hang up laundry, make work schedule, grocery shop, wrap birthday presents, homework, etc…I have a lot to do in the next few days.
I have a lot of stress; most of it created by trying to take on too much. Often times it overwhelms me but I have a few strategies I use to try to keep things in check. This little note book and my cell phone pictured above hold my To-Do lists. It works most of the time, but I still have my bad days. Here’s how I do it!
- Plan things out with a To-Do List. Everyone kind of does this anyway when they get up in the morning…I think about breakfast then everything I have to do that day and it drives me nuts! So I make a list with everything I have to do either that day or week to clear my head and move on with my day. I used to write on tons of little pieces of paper but I always lose them. Now I have an app on my phone where I write them all then check them off when I have done it. It really helps to keep my organized.
- Plan each day to eliminate feeling of wasted time. Pretty similar to my first point, but some sort of plan or schedule helps me to keep on track with the day instead of sitting around not doing anything. (Although sometimes that it nice!)
- Do unimportant/ irrelevant tasks a different day when you have time. I always have a million things to do and not everything can be done in one day, unless I stay up all night which isn’t going to happen. So I prioritize my To-Do list, or whatever, to do the most important things first and if I have time I get to the other stuff. If not I do it a different day. The only problem is making sure it gets done eventually…which isn’t always the case.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Hey not everything can be done in the time frame needed, and I tend to get stressed out when this happened. So I ask for help. My mom or boyfriend usually gets the blunt end of my stress or whatever emotional outbreak I experience, but they still help me.
- Tackle big tasks little at a time. Clean room or house for 5 minutes each day. Do big projects or school assignments a little bit each day to avoid procrastination.
- Limit distractions. Turn off cell phone when something big needs to get done. Multitasking is not helpful, so do one task at a time. It will get done faster and better.
- Get sleep! Don’t ever put off sleep. Uhhh I love sleep and it is important. Enough said.
- Enjoy the little things in life, simple pleasures make a world of difference. I live by this. Walk the dog, take a nap, sit in the sun. Whatever it is, make sure it brings a smile to your face.
I also write my work schedules on a piece of paper so I never forget when I work, and so I know when I have free time. Let me know if some of these work for you in a comment, or if you have any good suggestions!