So I’m currently trying to organize my life.
Easier said than done.
Okay, all jesting aside, it really helps when you make a written plan. I’ve come to terms that I have to balance a LOT in my life during the week. I’ve often been asked “How do you do it?” and “I just don’t have enough time for that in my day!”, and I’m here to share my time-management skills I’ve learned throughout years of different work and school schedules.
1. Everything for work and errands is planned out the night before:
Yesterday, I made a huge effort to make sure everything was in order before I was ready for work.
I had some easy-to-throw-together lunches that were thought out and packed, so it made putting it all together easier.
I also had my outfit picked out and ready the night before, down to socks and shoes. I’ve had so many mornings of do you know how long it takes me to find socks??? This cut my “get ready” time from an hour to a half hour.
Important: I had my coffee cup washed, my keys, wallet, purse and anything else in a centralized location, which made grabbing it all on my way to work easier.
One tip I plan to implement, is I packed a gym bag tonight, so hopefully I can stop by the gym on the way home.
2. I made a written schedule of my day:
I know this tip is silly and basic, and seems a little OCD, but hear me out: it works. A while back, I was terrible with time management and overcoming tasks. I started writing to-do lists on 3×5 cards to remind myself to do things an alleviate anxiety. This eventually evolved into a written plan of intent for my day.
5:30a- Wake up
4:30p- Off work and commute
6:30p-Study for 1 hour
9:30/10p-Intended time to fall asleep.
3. I have a “Wind Down” time for the evening.
I find myself bombarded by electronics sometimes. In fact, I sit in front of a computer 10 hours a day, and then come home and spend 2-3 hours blogging and doing homework. There’s a time during the night where I decide to shut down all electronics, turn off most of the lights and curl up with a good book. This helps me wind down from the day, and ensures my REM cycle isn’t affected by the glow of a screen.
4. I take the time to revise my schedule:
When I get to work, or some time during the day (usually noon or lunch time), I try to make a to-do list of things I need to get done for that week and day. I’m constantly revising and finding ways to improve my ways of doing things. I keep a pad of paper on my desk to jot down notes while I’m doing my work, so my fleeting thoughts and anxieties don’t gnaw at my subconscious. This helps me be more efficient at work (because I’m not distracted) and at home, as I remember to get more done.
5. I divide my tasks into time limits:
Over the weekend, I made a to-do list for the week and give myself deadlines in order to accomplish my tasks. Mail Birthday card by Tuesday, Wash clothes on Sunday, etc. That way, I have a specified order and a sense of importance when that task is due.
I hope these tips help, as I’ve tried to organize myself over the past few years, and have many trials (and errors!). There’s a fine line between time management and obsessing over it so much you don’t get anything done, so keep it simple! If you’re going to do this for the first time, I suggest only writing down 4 or 5 major tasks to do during the day, then as you get used to it, you can fine-tune it to your abilities.
If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them!
Thanks for stopping by!