Time management is not just useful to help plan your workday effectively, but it should be used to integrate your workday into your personal and family life. This will ensure you are able to keep a work-life balance. Especially now, when a lot of us are working from home or homeschooling, these lines can become blurred.
Life can sometimes feel like a race against time. Work, family, hobbies, are all things that must be carefully balanced, and it can sometimes become overwhelming. Time is only 24 hours each day – we can´t change that, but we can change how we utilise that time more efficiently.
Everybody needs some time to unwind and relax. However, many of us don’t actually get enough of it. There is always something that comes in the way and it can be extremely difficult to even find 10 minutes of spare time. Managing your time effectively can help you with this and relieve some of the stresses of daily life.
- Pomodoro Timer
- The Eisenhower Matrix/Box
- The Kanban Board
Digital Time Planners
- Timepage (by Moleskine)
- RescueTime Time Management and Digital Wellness
- Focus Keeper (Boosts motivation to complete tasks)
- MyLifeOrganized (MLO) – manages your To-Do lists effectively
- Focus@Will – (Boosts your attention span)
Making and following a task schedule reduces anxiety. But rather than a “to-do” list, as Ali Meehan suggests in her Activate Growth course, think of it as “rocks, pebbles and stones”. If you prioritise your tasks into large and important, medium and can do later or delegate, this will help you avoid feeling stressed.
- Set your day out in chunks of time/break projects into smaller tasks
- Understand/Recognise when you are at your most productive (ie first thing, or after kids have gone to school, or after lunch, evening etc).
Do your important tasks and planning then
- Limit your WhatsApp and messenger to emergency people only
- Learn to say no
- Look ahead – pre-empt/prepare
- Ask for help/delegate
- Set a work finishing time each day and stick to it
When you live according to this strategy, you designate breaks throughout the day to look at your phone, your social media accounts, your emails, your favourite websites, and all that other good stuff.
- Time management in 20 minutes a day
- Stop Procrastinating/To-Do List Formula (2 books in 1)
- 15 secrets successful people know about time management
- Manage your day-to-day
- Eat that frog
- The Big Leap
If you have any other suggestions or comments, please let us know. Share your experiences with us. Thank you x