Do you want to do plenty of things but can’t complete half of them? Do you need a method to plan your activities but don’t know where to start? I think this article is the one you need.
Here you have 5 tips to better manage your time and don’t miss another second!
1. TO-DO LIST
I am sure each of you has heard about the popular to-do list. But have you ever tried to do one? You might think you don’t need one since you have “everything in your mind”, but I am sure that having a visual overview on the things you have to do is totally different.
Because it helps you understand whether you are asking yourself too much (there are too many points in your daily list) or add other activities you can do in that day (so don’t be too lazy!)
2. COMPLETE THE TASKS DON’T TAKE TOO MUCH TIME FIRST
Have a look at your list and see which tasks take less time (sending an e-mail, calling someone, hanging laundry…) so that you can focus on the others later on.
In this way you will start ticking your list. It's gonna start getting shorter and you’ll be motivated to carry on and complete the whole list!
3. BE PRODUCTIVE
Productivity isn’t about time, but about maintaining focus and presence. If you know that you are more productive in the morning, do the activities which take more attention in that moment and then the rest during your day.
4. TAKE SOME BREAKS
And here we are gonna talk about the so-called pomodoro technique (tomato technique), created in the late 1980’s by the Italian entrepreneur Francesco Cirillo. The name comes from the tomato-like timer, used in the kitchen to check the cooking times. But what is it?
This technique is nothing extraordinary but it’s an effective time management method and it consists of 5 steps:
- Pick up an activity
- Set a timer for 25 minutes
- Work on that task till the timer goes off
- Take a 5 minute break
- Every 4 “tomatoes” take a longer break (15 mins)
Once you’ve finished your 25 mins, don’t try to work more than that time, saying “2 more minutes…” since you are gonna reward yourself with extra break mins and you’ll end up wasting more time than expected!
5. DON’T PROCRASTINATE
To sum up, it’s the typical statement: ‘I am gonna do it later, tomorrow…' This kind of behaviour can be overcome by imagining to ask your future self: ‘What benefits can I get from doing this?’ ‘And what drawbacks from not doing it?
The task you’re trying to avoid is, for example, washing your t-shirts which have been there for weeks. What if you keep on putting it off? The number of t-shirts is gonna increase, you are gonna have fewer t-shirts to wear, ending up with 25 shirts to wash instead of 10.
This is just a simple example that might be used to talk about more important tasks and about the serious consequences if you avoid doing them.
Therefore, use your time wisely to do your activities and be disciplined to meet deadlines. All this takes practice and patience, so you better start today (not tomorrow!)
I am sure all these practical tips are going to help you better manage your time so that you can spend your time doing something you couldn’t do before because ‘you didn’t have enough time’!
Let me know what you think and share it with someone who needs those 5 tips! 😜