What is it about time management that eludes so many people?
I know a lot of people who’s list of things they want, and need to do is always much longer than the list of things they actually accomplish. This isn’t me. My friends tease me that I have more done by 9am on the weekends than most people do all day. This is true. But it isn’t always easy. I have had to make adjustments. I am constantly striving. But there are things I do on a consistent basis that makes things easier. So what makes it easier for me to get things done than other people?
It all comes down to time management. Something that comes up frequently in my life coach sessions, and with my personal training clients. Maybe more so with my personal training clients if I was averaging out. Most of my clients have a hard time eeking out some time in their busy schedules to workout. I understand. There are kids, and all the activities they are involved in. There’s house work and if she works outside the home…………….well then we add that into the equation I can understand the time constraints.
I have been working on a course I will be launching in the next couple months, and there is a whole lesson on finding time and time management. Beginning with evaluating where your time goes. It is a real eye opener.
So with time management being an ever present factor in my client’s lives, I figure it probably is for you too.
Without further adieu
Here are my strategies for making the most of my time every day.
1. Take time to regroup
I try to give myself 10-15 minutes each morning to drink a cup of coffee, sit down with my calendar and work sheets and write down my to-do list. Likewise, I try to take a few minutes at the end of the day to figure out what my plan is for the next day. Knowing what is coming up, what I have to get done, and what I’d like to get done helps keep me focused.
2. Wake up early or stay up late.
I am a morning person, so getting up at 4am doesn’t bother me. And to be perfectly honest, I love the peace and quiet and alone time I get at that time of day. However, if you have kids, you also stay up much later than you probably used to, usually until quite late. Those hours after the kids have gone to bed, or before they wake up can be so productive. all kinds of stuff you can done. If you have a plan! So take some of that time for yourself early before the house gets up or after it goes to bed to start your plan. This is also a great time to do your workout!! You need to spend hours in a gym for a workout. It can be done at home in as little as 20 Mins if you are consistent. See My Best Beginner At Home Workout
3. Set your priorities.
What absolutely needs to get done today? Make a list while you are having your coffee in the morning or your tea the evening before. Remember……….the time you are going to take for yourself. Keep in mind that the amount of time you spend on things should be fairly relevant to how important it is. Don’t waste time on things that don’t matter.
4. Set the timer.
This is a great way to keep you motivated to just do the task that the timer is set for. Focus! For example, it is amazing how much cleaning you can get done when you only have 30 minutes! Yes, as you are cleaning, you may see something else that should be done. But this time is just for the task at hand!!
I use the timer for social media as well. Limiting the amount of time I spend on endless time-sucking scrolling makes a difference too.
5. Set small weekly goals.
Each week I set one goal for myself in the areas of my work, house, organization, projects & my blog
Bite size goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time managed. See SMART goals.
Things I can accomplish within the week
5. Use a checklist. You can make one up in your alone time form #1
I love crossing things off my list. There is something so satisfying about it. I use a WILL DO list rather that a TO DO list. There is something more actionable about will do as opposed to to do.
6. Delegate……. there’s no shame in asking for help. Kids and spouses can pick up some of the slack. Just make sure you give them a list too
7. Kids and Two Lists
There are things you can do when the little kids are awake, and things you can do when they are napping. You will need two lists. Take care of list #1 while they are awake and need your attention, and switch to list #2 as soon as you put them down.
8. Give yourself a break
For me, this is the hardest part. But I’m learning. I remind myself of my priorities and that its okay if I can’t do it all.
Integrating some time management into your daily life will make the small goals even easier and the big goals not seem so hard to accomplish.
Need help on goal setting? Read 10 Foolproof Ways To Achieve your Goals
What are your time management strategies? Anything to add here?
Let me know!!!
Loving life one day at a time