How do you begin each day?
Perhaps with a cup of strong black coffee?
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get to the end of the day and wonder, “What exactly did I get done today?”
I’ve found that rather than having a somewhat vague idea of what I need to achieve, a robust plan is just the thing to get me motivated.
Here are 3 time management tips to help you manage your day better
Take 5 minutes before you begin work for the day to plan what you need to get done.
So, for me that means BEFORE I turn on my computer I need to sit down with a blank piece of paper and make a list of important tasks to get done that day.
Personally, I like to use post-it notes, but a notepad or plain piece of paper will do the same job.
Try noting down 3-4 things you want to get done, and keep referring to the list throughout the day.
Also, be realistic about what you can accomplish in your day too—don’t expect too much, and equally don’t expect too little of yourself
I love this idea…
Take one minute each hour to check your progress.
I’d suggest setting the alarm on your computer, phone or watch to ring every hour. Then when it goes off, take a deep breath, look at your to-do list, and ask yourself if you’ve spent the last hour productively, or not.
The next step is to recommit to the following hour and whatever task you want to achieve.
When you reach the end of your working day, get yourself a nice cup of coffee and assess what went well, what didn’t? If you were distracted, why? And, what will help improve your performance tomorrow?
This means you’re always improving on the previous day.
Another good tip is when you hear yourself saying, “I don’t have enough time,” to repeat this mantra:
“I have all the time I need, to do all the things I need to do.”
This will help you to feel relaxed and liberated and relieve any tension, so you can get on with the important work you need to get done.
Remember, these tips are easily transferable in helping you achieve a healthier lifestyle too. For example:
- Note down your goals.
- At the end of each day remind yourself of what you’re trying to achieve—do you need to recommit to your goals for the following day?
- Set a date at the end of each week to check your progress, and think about how you can move forward in the week that follows.
Hope these tips are helpful in organizing your day!
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