Top 5 Time-Management Tips
“Failing to plan is planning to fail”
“A goal without a plan is just a wish”
“Driven by purpose. Attracted to positivity. Committed to excellence.” -thinkgrowprosper
1. Plan your day and weeK
The last thing you may want to do is think about the week ahead, especially on a Sunday, but taking time to plan your weekly (and daily) schedule will help you prepare for the week.
- Prioritizing your goals for the week will help keep you on track
- Your duties will be clearly defined even if unplanned emergencies arise
2. Set smaller, more reasonable goals
Deadlines, projects and an overwhelming schedule can be draining, but don’t let it get in the way of productivity! Concentrating on smaller steps will lessen the pressure to get things done all at once, especially when it comes to creative projects.
- Instead of focusing on the big picture, focus on smaller specific steps you can do today to reach the end result
3. Create a task list
Writing down your duties for the day/week lets you see what you have to get done and give you a sense of accountability. If you’re someone who likes to check things off or cross items off a list, this one is for you!
- Recording your goals for the day helps organize and prioritize the day’s objectives
- Adding reminders from your phone can aid in keeping you on track throughout the day
4. Set deadlines and divide tasks
While your in the midst of writing down and planning your week, divide your tasks to ensure time is not wasted. Depending on what you’re doing, you may have a time of day you feel more productive. For example, early morning writing sessions may be better than late night. It varies, so plan accordingly and use time wisely!
- Create deadlines to complete tasks
- Categorize tasks in right-brain (creative) and left-brain (logic-based)
5. Take breaks and reflect
With non-stop schedules and constant go go go, we often forget to take breaks. It’s amazing what a break can do to your mind, body and productivity! Whether it be a five minute meditation, walk in a park or simply listening to music, re-charging is necessary. Reflecting is just as important. Acknowledge and be proud of how far you’ve come while working towards future goals.
- Breaks allow you to feel refreshed and ready to take on challenging tasks
- To avoid burnout and stress
- Having quiet time each day allows for new ideas to surface, regain focus, and for your brain to process all the information you’ve been given
Words: Kathleen Cerrer