With the fast pace of the world and limitless responsibilities, having enough time to get things done is a constant struggle. In order to keep yourself from burning out and maintaining your productivity, you need to strike a balance between work and play. If you had a better grasp of your time management, you would have the time to invest in reading that book you’ve been meaning to get to, taking that yoga class every week, or simply sitting down and putting your feet up. With the right approach and know-how, making time for yourself doesn’t have to be an unattainable fairytale.
Just Do It
In order to meet your goals and get stuff done, you have to learn the right approach. Granted, there are some tasks that seem like they should be fairly straightforward, but even those things can be disastrous if left to fester instead of being attacked head-on.
In order to make the most of your time, you need to clearly define the tasks at hand and be relentless with getting them done. Putting things off until later will not only weigh on your mind because they are left nagging away at your subconscious but rest assured, life’s little surprises always pop up at the worst possible time and throw a spanner in the works. Soon, you find you’ve not accomplished what you set out to, even though you had the best of intentions to do them.
Don’t just throw yourself into your work at all costs, you need to allow yourself the opportunity to take much-needed and deserved breaks. You will find that your productivity and concentration increases when you allow yourself a short break. Instead of overloading yourself working nonstop, you’ll find stepping away from what you’re concentrating on will give you a sense of renewal and fresh perspective and will be more useful in the long run than if you plugged away relentlessly.
Plan Your Day
When you have a list of tasks to complete, make yourself a list of what you need to do. Once you do that, evaluate that list and rank the chores in order of importance or how labor-intensive the task is. The hardest part after that is to attack the biggest and most challenging task first. Yes, you read right. Do not leave the one thing you’re dreading the most for last; instead, get it completely and out of the way. Not only will the hardest part of your day be finished, but you will also feel a sense of accomplishment that will lead to renewal. Nothing else that day will be as big as what you’ve already done, so in a way, it’s all smooth sailing from then on out.
Most people get overwhelmed because they take too many tasks simultaneously and feel like they aren’t getting anything accomplished. There is a reason for that and that is because you aren’t a robot so you aren’t programmed to multitask. You may think you are being more productive and getting things done but, in fact, multitasking works against you. The more things you are working on at the same time, the less focus you have on any single task at hand. Not only does it task your memory needlessly, but it also leads to mental fatigue, lower productivity, and increases stress.
Make a to-do list, even if it is the night before, and make the most of your time to get things done on that list. If there are short tasks, take advantage of any downtime such as commuting to work. Finding time when you didn’t realize there was any will help you immensely.