Everyone knows at least one person who always seems to have their life together. They get up early, eat right, power through their workload and leave work at the end of the day with a smile on their face as they head off to the gym. Those people just have it figured it out, and if they can do it, so can the rest of us.
Managing your time is one of the easiest and simultaneously hardest things to master, so to make your year a little smoother, we’ve put together ten easy hacks to help you manage your time like a boss.
#1 Use a day planner or a diary
Write it all down. Instead of fishing for the information from the deep corners of your brain that is already full, note down what you need to do each day in a diary. Especially important for meetings or urgent tasks.
#2 Get enough sleep
You can’t get enough done in the day if you’re constantly yawning and running off to get a hit of caffeine. Try going to bed earlier so you get between seven to eight hours each night.
#3 Give yourself extra time
This may seem counterproductive, but giving yourself an hour for a task that may only take thirty – forty minutes will give you a buffer if something pops up unexpected. If you smash out your task, it will be a little bit of extra time to have a mini break and make a cup of tea before moving on to the next thing.
#4 Learn to prioritise
Knowing what is important and what can be left until later in the week is one of the best ways to tick of your list each day.
#5 Arrive early
It’s pretty simple, if you want to get more done in a day and you’re already started to master your time, then you need to spend an extra hour in the office. Even getting to work fifteen – twenty minutes earlier will give you time to settle in so you can get cracking into your work day as soon as your start time hits.
#6 Focus on one job at a time
Sometimes it seems like you might be more productive if you work on two or three tasks at once, but what ends up happening is you finish your work day with three half completed tasks instead of two that could be ticked off your list.
#7 Headphones in
If you’re someone who is easily distracted, create a calming playlist and pop your headphones in to drown out background noise.
#8 Eat healthier snacks
Most of us eat more at work than we do at home, so make sure to stock your bag full of healthy snacks to keep your energy up during the day. If you’re only using sugar and coffee to get you through the day, you’ll find yourself starting to crash in the afternoon.
This is a tricky one as it depends on your role, but if you are able to delegate a task to someone who might do it better, faster or is just happy to help out, that will free you up to focus on something else.
#10 Don’t panic
Worrying about things that haven’t happened yet will stop you from focusing and add unnecessary stress to your day.
Tip: Keep a clock near by in case you’re having one of those slow or fast days – you don’t want to spend a whole day on one task.
Remember: You’re only one person, so make sure you leave enough time in the evenings and weekends to chill out and detach yourself from your worklife. It will do wonders for your mind and a well rested body will help you during those long work weeks.
What’s your top tip for managing your precious time?
Written by Steph Graham
The girl you want by your side during any major life event, Steph is a decorating boss and a baking Queen. You’ll usually find her getting tipsy at a bottomless brunch, playing basketball and Insta-stalking the Hemsworth brothers.
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