Do you ever ask yourself this when the day is done but the items on your to-do list seemed to have multiplied since its conception? Of course I have. I can’t remember the last time I actually completed everything on that unyielding piece of paper.
I’m sure I am not the only person who has wished for more hours in the day. However, I want to be specific about this. I want those 2 to 3 hours put in the middle of the afternoon or even mid-morning. That way I can still get up and go to bed at the same time. (Lol) If they were put in the evening I would probably lose them to extra sleep.
Seriously, though, everyone has the same hours, minutes, and seconds allotted to them. Why is it then that as I read though other bloggers’ posts it seems as if they are able to accomplish so much more than I can in the same amount of time. Time management, organization and dedication is what I have found to be the answer. What about you?
Tips that help me
1. Weekly and daily schedules:
I have written to-do lists for the week and for the day. There are even some things that are planned months in advance. What is it that I want to get done? These items must be prioritized. What is the most important thing on the list. I have to remember to boil the eggs for deviled eggs tonight before finishing the chapter in the book I’m reading. Allot time for everything. Yes, even your leisure activities. Use a planner or a calendar. I keep both, a paper calendar and the one in my phone, and a planner.
2. Plan ahead
I can remember when I was in college and the professors would pass out the new syllabus; I would feel so overwhelmed with the amount of work in front of me for the semester. Only by attacking it in bits and pieces was I able to complete everything. Attack today and this week’s chores in the same manner. Chop up the larger tasks into more manageable bits. Don’t forget to break it up on your to-do list. Things such as shopping trips for clothes, groceries, gifts, etc. are centered around paychecks. I also try to schedule in sewing and crafting when there are not a lot of extra activities happening. Those planners really help with this scheduling.
3. Go with the flow:
Even the best laid plans often go astray. This is an abbreviated version of an old proverb meaning that things we can’t foresee will and can happen. If something unexpected comes up and really skews up your beautiful, well-thought out schedule, don’t worry. Just add it to the next day’s list. We need to be flexible with our plans and expectations of what we are capable of getting accomplished. Sometimes we just seem to think that we can accomplish more in 24 hours than is physically possible. Get what you can done and don;t sweat the rest. Add it to tomorrow’s list and re-prioritize. Go with the flow.
How do you manage your time?