5 Tricks To Use To Manage Your Time

photo: Bella Hadid

 

I live by the saying, “we all have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce.” It’s absolutely true. Bey is rocking those 24 hours just like the rest of us and look where she’s at right now. So today I wanted to share five tricks that I use to manage my time effectively. But also juggle my career and make the most of the day I have ahead of me.  And Bey, if you’re reading girl, some of these might help you too.

I get up an hour early…

By making the decision to set my alarm an hour earlier than normal, I can get so much more done while the rest of world is snoozing. I usually wake up, spend ten minutes focusing on my visualization board, drink hot water and lemon to kick start my body and do some light exercise such as yoga or going for a walk around the block. By the time I’m showered and ready, everyone else is lifting their heads off the pillow and I feel like I’ve already got a huge head start on the day.

Next, I prioritize my to-do list

There’s a difference between writing a to-do list and writing a list of tasks you actually need to get done that day. How many of us add the same task to our to-do lists every day because we never get around to ticking it off. Adding “lose 21lbs” is hardly going to happen in a day right? So each morning I make a point of writing a list in order of priority – starting with the biggest task of the day. If I have a 2000 word feature to finish, for example, that will automatically go to the top of the list. Once that’s out of the way, the rest of the day seems like a breeze and I can work my way down the list.

When I start working, I take it one step at a time

It’s drilled into us that multitasking is an essential skill in life. Especially as women, we’re trained to believe that we need to juggle it all. But trying to complete seven tasks at once means you won’t be putting your full effort into any of them. Resulting in increased stress levels. So instead of multitasking, put your time and concentration into working on one thing at a time. You’ll feel so much happier once each task is complete.

I swear by the two-minute rule

This is a super simple rule to live by when it comes to time management. If it takes less than two minutes, just do it. Do you need to clean your desk? Then do it. You need to make an appointment for your dental hygiene? Do it now! There’s no room for procrastinating when it comes to the two-minute rule. You’ll soon discover how many things you can actually get done through the day.

If I’m struggling, I stop procrastinating

There is nothing worse for procrastination than technology. How many times have you opened a new tab on the computer to read celebrity gossip? or took a break to online shop, when you only started work ten minutes ago? I’m just as guilty. So now, when I have a big task at hand, I turn my phone on flight mode. I make sure to turn my ringtone to silent and turn the notifications off my emails. If you know you’re easily distracted then make sure those possible temptations are managed.

By Victoria Jackson

Do you have any tricks that help you to manage your time?


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photo: Bella Hadid

 

I live by the saying, “we all have the same amount of hours in the day as Beyonce.” It’s absolutely true. Bey is rocking those 24 hours just like the rest of us and look where she’s at right now. So today I wanted to share five tricks that I use to manage my time effectively. But also juggle my career and make the most of the day I have ahead of me.  And Bey, if you’re reading girl, some of these might help you too.

I get up an hour early…

By making the decision to set my alarm an hour earlier than normal, I can get so much more done while the rest of world is snoozing. I usually wake up, spend ten minutes focusing on my visualization board, drink hot water and lemon to kick start my body and do some light exercise such as yoga or going for a walk around the block. By the time I’m showered and ready, everyone else is lifting their heads off the pillow and I feel like I’ve already got a huge head start on the day.

Next, I prioritize my to-do list

There’s a difference between writing a to-do list and writing a list of tasks you actually need to get done that day. How many of us add the same task to our to-do lists every day because we never get around to ticking it off. Adding “lose 21lbs” is hardly going to happen in a day right? So each morning I make a point of writing a list in order of priority – starting with the biggest task of the day. If I have a 2000 word feature to finish, for example, that will automatically go to the top of the list. Once that’s out of the way, the rest of the day seems like a breeze and I can work my way down the list.

When I start working, I take it one step at a time

It’s drilled into us that multitasking is an essential skill in life. Especially as women, we’re trained to believe that we need to juggle it all. But trying to complete seven tasks at once means you won’t be putting your full effort into any of them. Resulting in increased stress levels. So instead of multitasking, put your time and concentration into working on one thing at a time. You’ll feel so much happier once each task is complete.

I swear by the two-minute rule

This is a super simple rule to live by when it comes to time management. If it takes less than two minutes, just do it. Do you need to clean your desk? Then do it. You need to make an appointment for your dental hygiene? Do it now! There’s no room for procrastinating when it comes to the two-minute rule. You’ll soon discover how many things you can actually get done through the day.

If I’m struggling, I stop procrastinating

There is nothing worse for procrastination than technology. How many times have you opened a new tab on the computer to read celebrity gossip? or took a break to online shop, when you only started work ten minutes ago? I’m just as guilty. So now, when I have a big task at hand, I turn my phone on flight mode. I make sure to turn my ringtone to silent and turn the notifications off my emails. If you know you’re easily distracted then make sure those possible temptations are managed.

By Victoria Jackson

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