Tips to Managing your Time Better - They Work!

by - 11:37

It is ridiculous how many times I would say in university after a three hours of lectures, "Christ, I am knackered, I think I need to watch TV and have a nap" when realistically - three hours is absolutely nothing. Am I right or am I right? Now, working 9-5 at a digital marketing agency, trying to blog twice a week, wanting to balance time between my boyfriend and friends, it can all be a bit overwhelming.

I recently read a book that discussed how to manage your time better and I have to say, since reading that, I have managed to get everything done that I want to - while still having at least 8-hours of sleep!

Here are a couple of tips to help you manage your time a little better - if they worked for me then they will work for you:

Plan your day
I used to always make to-do lists but never stick to them - I would write them to make myself feel more organised but once they were on paper, I wouldn't look at it again. A lot of time can be spend deciding what to do not, or not knowing exactly where to start. By writing everything that I aim to complete by the end of the day down, it gives me motivation to not stay in bed watching Gilmore Girls and instead, rise and get sh*t done. Work especially, I always write what I need to do the next day as a to-do list so that I can skim over it the next morning, ensuring that I don't forget anything important but also so that I feel accomplished at the end of the day. When it comes to blogging, I tend to schedule a few blogs at a time so that on my less-motivated days, content still manages to get put out. I also write down what blogs I plan to write and when so that when it comes to writing it I am not struggling for a title for hours - it really does save a lot of time!

Take a break
Spending all day typing away and getting work done can no way at all be good for you. For one, it will demotivate you to carry on and you will get a lot more done if you take breaks. I heard once on the radio that after 20-minutes of work, walk around and look outside for 20 seconds to avoid bad eyesight and so that your back doesn't ache. Schedule your lunch for a specific time so that you have something to work towards and your body will naturally work a lot faster when it knows it has an end goal; food. Plus, when you return to your work you will have a refreshed mine and possibly more inspiration than before!

Don't multi-task!
I was definitely guilty of this until I read my recent book - it is such a bummer than I can't remember what it is called! Anyway, switching activities often seems like a wonderful idea as it stops you getting bored of what you're doing, but in theory, dividing your focus takes a longer amount of time than if you were to just stick to one thing and complete it. So start a piece of work and don't open another document or switch to something more fun until it is complete!

Prioritise things
Do your most important things first then go onto the fun things. It will give you a great sense of accomplishment when they have been completed, and you will feel much more relaxed. Don't set more than two things as URGENT or PRIORITY as it will only stress you out. Decide what actually needs to be done first thing in the morning and push everything else back a little. Finishing a deadline to ensure your clients are happy and brushing your dogs hair are on completely different levels, no matter how knotted and tangled your cute little pup is.

Hide your phone!
I used to think that living without my phone really would be the death of me, but after having multiple problems with my insurance company (don't go there), I kept having my phone taken off me meaning less social networking at night. I managed to get a lot more done without my phone next to me, including waking up earlier as I wasn't wallowing in bed scrolling down Instagram, and spending my evenings reading a lot more books (such as the book that inspired this post) rather than Tweeting. Give your phone to a parent to keep away from you if you don't trust yourself!

Don't be scared to ask for help
Take a look at your to-do list and if you really don't think you can manage, then ask someone for a bit of help. Whether this is passing work over in the office or just asking your mum to wash your dishes, I am sure they will understand and would rather see you work your hardest on one thing than to race through everything with minimal effort.

Please do let me know if you tried any of these and whether or not they worked for you. A few people have tried Grey's bottomless brunch since my last post and it is always nice hearing how other people's experiences go! 

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