There is no denying just how difficult life can be at times. We all know no matter how hard we try, things can get on top of us. One aspect of staying positive and keeping on top of things, is to better manage your time. Easier said than done, but with a little effort on your part it is possible to get into a routine of time management,.
Be Kind to Yourself
The first and most important thing to do is be kind to yourself. Life is tough enough without heaping on the pressure and making yourself feel bad. Remember you are only human, sometimes things go wrong, emergencies happen, life gets in the way.
Know What You Need to get Done
There is no chance when it comes to planning and time management, to get anything sorted if you don’t first know what you need to do. A good way to get started, sometimes the most difficult task of all, is to make a list of everything you need to do.
Write down all the tasks and jobs you can think of that are unfinished, not yet started and so on. Even if they are weeks away, get them in your list. It can look at bit daunting at first, but remember, you are just getting started, be kind to yourself.
It can help at this stage to mark the tasks that are more urgent. Get our highlighters, coloured pens, whatever you feel will work best, mark them with a star, it doesn’t matter.
Find a Way to Plan Your Time
Now you need to look for a way to orgaise your time. You can do this in so many ways, from a calendar in the kitchen, to a journal that manages your time down to the hour. The key is to find what works best for you and more importantly, what you are ore likely to stick to.
Once you have your method in place, it is time to pop your list of jobs into it. Remember to mark more urgent jobs in some way so they do not get forgotten.
Personally, I use a desk diary, but also the calendar on my phone. This means I have the ability to check dates and times no matter where I am. Can I fit that appointment in on Tuesday? Go for breakfast with my friend Friday? Take the little ones on adventures next weekend? It’s all right there at the tip of my fingers.
This also means I have a widget on my phone home screen that allows me to see the day at a glance. Making forgetting a thing of the past…almost!
We created The Wonder planner 1 before Christmas, it is a fantastic way to get yourself organised and manage your time better. You can find out more about it here, we even have some free page downloads to get you started.
This really does follow on from being kind to yourself. As previously mentioned, heaping that pressure onto your shoulders does not help anyone. You may have planned to get the garden done, take an hour out and read or even do the washing, but life happens. Don’t punish or berate yourself because you can’t get all those jobs finished. Be flexible and simply move them around. Make time for the emergency, unexpected visitor or fun time with the kids.
Also don’t forget to leave yourself time to do the things you love. Whilst getting everything done, having a clean house, sorting out that washing pile or whatever you feel needs doing is important, it’s not the end of the world. You need to enjoy life, spend time with the kids and your partner if you have one, go out, read that books, start a new hobby. You deserve to have me time!
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