Time management is important, right? It always has been. I feel like since high school I’ve understood how important it is to manage your time. I have to be honest and tell you that when my first week for this fabulous blogging circle I’m taking part in was on the topic of time management, I got a little jittery.
Here is why. I want to be better at managing my time. I always feel like I should have more systems in place and be super duper organized woman (I know that’s sort of a lame superhero name, but I’m kind of lame so there you have it). I am by nature an organizer and a planner but honestly at the end of the day I feel scattered and insane a lot of the time! So there you go internet. I bet you didn’t know I was going to air my dirty laundry. Speaking of dirty laundry – talk about a never ending chore that screws with my time management.
Okay so enough of about why I’m not great at time management, because honestly I’m much better than I give myself credit for. Here are 3 tips to help you manage your time better so that you can have more time for YOU. Time to pray, to reflect, to relax, to grow, and to satisfy your deepest desires.
1. Realistically Plan. Just last night (timely I know) I was having a conversation with a friend about the dreaded mornings when you’re trying to get yourself and your kids ready and you are overwhelmed and stressed. Said friend is admittedly not a planner and I’m in some ways a little more extreme and rigid in my planning than I would like. So first I think it’s important to know yourself. I’ll talk about this again in the next tip because I don’t think it can be stated enough. If you’re not a planner by nature I wouldn’t think your first move would be to sit down and mark up every hour in your date book with your schedule. So start small and realistic like have one 15 minute period of your day where you always do the same thing. Maybe it’s morning or evening, journaling or expressing gratitude. This routine, this plan, will help you to make the most of your time. I also like to incorporate two perhaps unrelated tasks, to blocks of time next to each other so I feel like I can balance better (ie. time for me and something I NEED to get done). For example, first thing in the morning to express gratitude and read a line from a favorite inspirational book or get a few words down in a journal then I hit the ground running and the first thing I do every day in my kitchen is empty the clean dishwasher. It works for me. So think about this for you. What tasks could you plan daily that would make your life more enjoyable and manageable? And with that I segue to our next step, chunking…
2. Chunking. So this concept is used for remembering large amounts of information but it can also be used as an awesome time management tool. Just like the first tip and like all things in life I think it’s SUPER important to know yourself and stay true to that. So adapt this as you see fit. Maybe you like to sit down once a week or once a month and put out all of your goals for the upcoming days. Maybe you take 10 minutes at the end of your day to look at tomorrow and reflect on today. Whatever it is take the big things and chunk them. Make them into smaller more attainable chunks of things. An example. I have a goal of becoming a published author. Big goal and to attempt to manage my time when I’m busy feeding my kids, starting my business, trying to be a mindful person and a good loving wife seems a little intense. So I’ve begun chunking into much smaller tasks for example daily writing, goal setting, and manageable steps that I can feel good about accomplishing and when I don’t accomplish them, there is the next step thankfully, forgiveness…
3. Forgiving. What’s the saying? The path to hell is paved with good intentions… Yea, exactly. We can intend all we want, and don’t get me wrong I’m all about being kind and giving ourselves another go tomorrow or in this minute since it’s all a new chance, a new opportunity. Hence why my 3rd time management tip is to be forgiving. Forgiving with yourself and those around you. The lady in front of you in the grocery store line who is totally winning with coupons and in turn it’s taking you about 30 minutes longer than you’d planned in your “realistic planning” section. Forgive her and forgive yourself. Take a breath and move on. Sometimes kids get sick, dishes stay dirty, and we don’t get nearly what we’d hoped to have accomplished done. That’s okay. In these moments I try to get some perspective take a break and remind myself that another opportunity is awaiting.
Hope these tips help but they’re certainly just a few tips. Which one of these is your favorite? What is another tip you’d include?
Go check out my friend Melissa’s Blog, from Busy Bee Personal Assistants and how she manages her time 🙂