I hope you all had a splendid week!
My life has been craziness –
I just started a new job, I’m about to move, and also about to go home for Thanksgiving.
Haven’t been dedicating much time to blogging as of late, but I’m going to try to be better.
This topic is near and dear to my heart right now, because I feel like I’m always trying to figure this one out.
Time management, and being efficient with your time, is no easy feat.
Life always gets in the way, and there’s SO many distractions at all times –
Sometimes I feel like I’m not being productive at all.
Over this past year, I’ve learned some tips for time management –
Namely, having a blog while also having a full-time job, social life, and boyfriend.
These 7 tips are tried and true, and I hope they help you too.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
1. Time Blocking
If you take anything away from this post, let it be this.
Time blocking has been the thing that has enabled me to get way more done in a week’s time.
You can do this with pretty much anything in your life to help you be more productive.
I first learned about time blocking through The Skinny Confidential.
It’s simple. Just set aside a certain block of time for a task, and then once the time is up, move on to another task.
I usually will do this for my emails and things that I think will take me a long time.
I’ll set a timer on my phone or use this time blocker and stop working on that task when the timer goes off.
It is so easy for most of our days to get eaten up by answering emails or other tedious tasks like that.
Don’t let those tasks eat up your whole day, but cut off the amount of time that you spend on them.
I’ve found that I actually get more done on that project when I have a time limit.
2. Put Your Phone Away, Completely
Not on silent, not on Do Not Disturb, not face down.
Put it in another room on silent so that you don’t hear the ringer.
Out of sight, out of mind, right?
Find out where you’re wasting your time during your work day – it’s probably being wasted on your phone.
I am so guilty of this; whenever I get bored or don’t want to work on the task at hand, I’ll scroll for a few minutes.
Well, that few minutes adds up into a few hours of your day.
Do you know how much more productive you’d be with those hours back?
SO much more productive, promise.
3. Close Your Tabs
All of them, especially your email.
Those emails can wait a few hours –
And if they can’t, the person will call you.
Closing your tabs is another one of those ‘out of sight, out of mind’ things.
Your mind will be able to focus on just the task at hand when you get rid of the extra distractions.
This tip is extra helpful because I find that I always am more productive when I rid myself of any possible distraction.
4. Make Your Environment Work for You
Work well listening to music? In the quiet?
Just make it work for you.
You have to set up the right environment if you want to be and feel the most productive.
I personally like some soft music playing, cup of coffee in hand, with a candle burning when I work.
Other than that, I like to work in the quiet –
Which is why I tend to work early in the morning when all of my roommates are still sleeping.
I think of it as ‘my time’, and I feel more productive.
5. Have a Legit Schedule
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t plan out my week beforehand I won’t do anything.
I rarely have my entire week scheduled out, but I at least do day-by-day.
And don’t try to schedule it the day of, because it won’t work!
I have my handy little planner that I like to write things in (not this exact print, but same version and brand!).
It helps me keep my goals for the week organized.
Another big thing in having a schedule is knowing when your BPT is –
Biological Prime Time.
I learned this in the book, The Productivity Project, which I highly recommend!
Your BPT is the time of day when you are most productive. Each person is different –
Mine is in the morning between the hours of 9-11am.
If you know this, you can begin to schedule your day around this chunk of time.
Plan your most important/daunting tasks during your BPT.
6. Plan Your Day Beforehand
I repeat this point only because it is so important.
Prioritizing your tasks the day before helps you to make yourself as efficient as possible.
Planning my day beforehand has helped me stay organized with my goals top of mind.
Plus, the amount of decisions you’ll reduce by having your day already planned will save you a headache.
Of course, things come up, but you’ll already have your priorities for the week in check, so you can re-work accordingly.
7. Organize Your Systems
Can you tell I’m a huge fan of organizing?
Lol, if being organized could be my job, I’d be a happy gal.
Organizing your systems increases efficiency, which increases your output.
Don’t spend 10 mins looking for a file on your computer –
Having those small things organized will help you 10x in the long run.
All it takes is a couple hours to set up some better systems –
And even download some organizational apps if you think it will help you.
Let me know your tips for time management in the comments below! I’m always looking for more tips and tricks.