When you’re trying to do it all, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. The digital age has us all distracted and busy. It feels like there’s always so much to do. And it seems like the more we try to control our time, the more stressed and overwhelmed we feel.
I’ve been in that position before and I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! It’s possible to take back control of your time. Let me share a few tips I’ve learned to help you reclaim your schedule and allow more room in your life for what you love.
Tip 1: Create a daily routine
One effective way to take control of your time is to create a daily routine for yourself. You can do this by defining what your daily tasks are. Start small and be realistic about what you can achieve each day.
The habits you form when you have a daily routine in place can help you avoid that overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start when you sit down and try to get some work done. If you can develop a clear daily routine, you will find yourself accomplishing more in less time.
Tip 2: Use a calendar
When it comes to time management, the most common advice you’ll hear is to use a calendar. You can use it to set appointments and meetings, schedule deadlines, and mark special events. When you’re on top of your scheduling, you always know what’s coming next.
You can also combine your calendar with tools like Calendly to better control when other people can access your time.
Tip 3: Prioritize important tasks
Consider the Pareto Principle, this rule says that 20% of your efforts lead to 80% of your results. This means you need to learn to prioritize the most important things and focus on doing them well.
The other things need to be ignored or simply delegated… which brings us to the next point.
Tip 4: Delegate
There’s no way around it. Sometimes, you just need to delegate your other tasks. This allows you to focus on other things, helping you get more done. Delegating is simply assigning tasks to someone else so that you can work on something that matters more to you. This can be done via outsourcing or through software, allowing you to automate bottlenecks and spend time on the things that matter most to you.
Tip 5: Block out distractions
Our fast-paced world is full of distractions, from the buzz of your phone to the chime of an email or a social media notification. The problem is that those distractions put a huge dent in your productivity. And you’re probably aware of this!
In order to take control of your time, you need to be strict about getting rid of unnecessary distractions. Shut off all of your notifications, close your email tab and turn off your phone ringer for a set period of time so that you can focus on the most important task at hand.
Time has always been the most precious resource for most of us, but it can be hard to manage when you’ve got a lot on your plate. Managing your time, and knowing what to spend it on, is one of the most important things you can learn. Oh and by the way, I did a video along this topic and you may find it here!