We’ve all had those days where we can’t seem to get anything done in time, where the deadlines are fast approaching, and we’re struggling to stay afloat. If you’re finding that your tasks seem to take a bit too long and that you feel like you’re wasting the day away, stick around because I’ve got some tips that will help you master time management.
I’m definitely a morning person. I just can’t seem to get up early enough to say that I take advantage of it. I was always the person against scheduling tasks the night before because I had no idea how to structure an efficient plan that would work for any upcoming work session. I needed to completely alter the way I handle my daily tasks if I ever wanted to get to a point where I felt like I was making progress. The first thing I learned while spending too much of my day complaining about not getting any work done was that I needed a perspective makeover. If you don’t approach your work with the right mindset, you’re probably going to have a tough time navigating your workload.
Here are a few things that have kept me on my productivity game, and that has changed the way I tackle a challenging workday.
Here’s Your Guide to Mastering Time Management
Assess How Long it Takes You to Complete a Reoccuring Task
This is something that proved to be quite tricky for me because I would try to convince myself that I could get an entire workday’s worth of tasks done in two hours. News flash, that’s impossible-even for those that seem a bit too efficient to be human. I started timing myself to see how long it took to complete a task without trying to rush so that I could then assess how to implement those tasks into my schedule without sacrificing all of my time. This was a game-changer for my calendar, and it made me maximize my work time.
Take an Efficient Break
I know, I know. An efficient break doesn’t exactly sound too exciting, now does it? Hear me out. When you’re trying to take a few minutes to yourself in between projects, assignments, or even daily chores-how long can you actually relax before you start procrastinating? I’ve learned to fill my break time with things that not only help me wind down but also that keep me focused enough to get back to work when the break is over. I do time my breaks, so I don’t lose too much of my time, and it helps me to stick to the schedule I created. I would usually spend this time reading a few articles, a book that has piqued my interest, or away from the screen (meeting a friend for coffee, heading to the gym, etc.)
Plan for the Impossible
If you want to be a productivity machine, you’re probably going to have to learn to plan for the impossible. I started scheduling my tasks tentatively, knowing exactly how to move them around to stay on top of the work if the circumstances called for it. Sometimes, life gets in the way, and it’s usually unpredictable. Don’t let these situations discourage you from maintaining your routine. Finding the balance between learning to handle what life has to throw at you and managing your responsibilities is a skill that will keep you incredibly consistent.
Finally, Don’t Work Yourself Into Burning Out
It may seem like you have to be working 24/7 to be making any progress, but that isn’t true. Overworking yourself and driving your creativity into the ground is how you exhaust yourself, leaving you feeling too unmotivated to continue. You have to make time (schedule it if you have to!) for yourself. If you’re not giving in to a little me-time here and there, chances are you’re feeling overworked already. The only way your creative energy is going to survive is if you give yourself time to replenish it. Do yourself a favor, and don’t work yourself into burning out.
I hope these tips help you to master time management and leave you wanting to create a schedule that keeps you consistent, efficient, and inspired.
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.