Managing time, may be one of the most wished goals after losing weight and saving money, but many people do not take the easy steps to help manage their time, which in return makes the goal seem unachievable. If you are wanting more available time out of each day, then try these 6 simple tips!
- Plan out your day the night before
Either use your phones note app or go old school and use pen and paper, but write out everything you need to accomplish the next day. This will help you visualize all your tasks, and also give you a realistic expectation of what can be accomplished and what can’t. It is okay to move things to other days, but make sure you are not putting too much on one day.
- Pick a time you are going to get up and then set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier
The snooze button is a real thing, and unfortunately gets a lot of people, including myself. There is nothing worse than setting your alarm for when you need to get up, hitting the snooze button, and then over sleeping. The danger with this routine is that you get in the habit of starting your day off stressed and in a rush, and then whether you realize it or not, that will dictate the mood for the rest of your day. Before you know it, it is 10 o’clock at night, and you are tired and finishing things that if you would have gotten up when you were supposed to, you would have already had done.
- Don’t make unnecessary trips
One of the easiest ways to lose a couple hours in your day is by taking unnecessary trips. When you are writing out everything you need to get done the next day, group tasks that are in the same location or are close to each other. For example, say you need to get groceries, stop at the bank, and then drop a package off at the post office. The bank and the grocery store are close to each other, but the post office is on the other side of town. Although this may seem like common sense, that you would go to the bank, then get groceries and lastly stop at the post office, so that you aren’t running all over town, we tend to forget the little things that would make our day easier when we look at the big picture of everything that needs to get done rather than one day at a time.
- Prioritize your to do list
Again, this may seem like common sense, but how many times have you said, “I need to go to the bank before it closes at 5:30 pm.”, and then you go get coffee, go to the gym, meet a friend for lunch, get groceries, and before you know it, its 6 pm and you never made it to the bank. It will save you time and cause less stress if you get the things done that you need to, and then adjust your day from there.
- Budget in 1 hour of breathing room
As much as everyone would like everything to go exactly how it should, that is an unrealistic expectation. Even the most organized people have days where things don’t go like they should. Budgeting in extra times give you space to adjust if needed, and if you don’t need to adjust you have time to relax.
- Don’t stress
According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), routine stress is the hardest stress to recognize. Because it is more constant and not as traumatic, many don’t realize it is affecting their bodies or mental health until it is too late. Over time it can cause issues with your heart, blood pressure, brain and other mental disorders. Having a plan and organizing your day can lower your stress levels more than you realize.
Take one day at a time and set realistic goals for beginning to implement your task list. If you have tips on how you manage your time or plan out your week, comment your tips below!
By: Christa Groezinger