A guide for getting things done with effective time management skills
Finding the perfect work-life balance often seems impossible for many people; especially when working full-time and having to travel long distances to and from work.
When there are far too many things to do and not enough time to get it all done, it can often lead to stress and worry which may lead to a negative effect on your overall health.
Aside from work and possible travel distances, another obstacle many people face in attempting to get everything done all in one day is procrastinating. Do you ever find yourself putting off all the things you want to get done and find yourself doing something to distract yourself from doing it?
Well, this may be one of the worst things you can do as it stops yourself from achieving everything you needed to do.
But how exactly is it possible to work around all these barriers and work your way to getting more done in a day than most people do in a week?
Well, it’s actually not as difficult as it seems and has almost everything to do with your mindset. If you can minimise the number of distractions in your daily life, and keep yourself set on your goals then this will lead you one step closer to achieving everything you needed to achieve. But how are some ways this can be done?
Here is a helpful list that will point you in the right direction:
Start Your Day Right and Wake up Early
Everyone loves the occasional sleep in; and sometimes when we spend so much time getting up at 6:00am for work they can seem like the best thing. And they are. However, if you find yourself sleeping past your alarm and waking up later than you wanted, you end up rushing your day and throwing aside all the important tasks you were meant to do before work or before you had to go somewhere. If you can wake yourself up earlier, you will find that you will be more productive during the day.
Create a To-Do List
This is one of the easiest and most effective way to become more organised; and sometimes it can even be a fun way of feeling like you’re achieving something. Every time you’ve completed a task on your list, tick it off and cross it out, this can lead you to set better habits for yourself and plan your day so much better knowing you have all the tasks planned out for the day, and you’ll feel better knowing you don’t have less time to complete it.
Have Some Down Time
For many people, their work can outweigh their entire schedules to the point where it seems almost impossible for them to achieve everything they need to. However, if you can space out even the slightest amount of down-time; whether it’s reading a book or exercising, this can declutter your mind, lead you to feel less overwhelmed, and afterwards can help you become more centred and less stressed.
How do you avoid procrastinating?
I’m sure you’ve had a very important task that you needed to do at some point in your life, whether it’s studying, finishing assignments and big projects or doing anything work related, and the very thought of getting up and just doing it seemed almost impossible.
Because you lacked the motivation to complete it you did everything possible to avoid it and this led to an endless occurrence of procrastination which drove you further from accomplishing everything you needed to do.
But how do you stop these bad habits? When you think about it, there’s often no gain with pushing things off because before you know it, you have a tight time limit, and you haven’t got anything done. As a result, you stress and feel guilty about the length you went to in order to ignore your tasks.
However, there are many ways in which you can change this; such as:
All in all, it’s very possible to complete all your tasks in one day, or even across a few days. All you would require is the correct mindset, environment and dedication to completing your tasks on time.
It’s important to be mindful of any negative habits you have that leads to procrastination/avoidance such as going on your phone over lengthy periods or constantly putting yourself in a distracting environment; and always remember that your goals are very achievable when you dedicate the right amount of time to complete them.
By following these great time management tips you’ll be on your way to becoming less of a procrastinator and more of a doer.