Productivity Tips: How To Manage Your Time Like You Manage Your Money?
Good at managing your money but poor at managing your time?
We’re all good at something in life. But we all have weaknesses that let us down. Like the American investor Warren Buffet once said, “you’re only as good as your weakest link.”
Not being able to manage your time can easily lead to stress. Things build up. It’s 6PM and your baby is crying, you’ve still got emails to send off, you still haven’t got round to cleaning out the garage – and your husband is still asking for his breakfast!
The people who seem to have it easy are those who have learned how to manage their time.
Indeed, time management is a fantastic skill to have. All of a sudden, you’re getting things done with efficiency, you’re not stressed, and you’ve still got a few hours left to spare at the end of the day to do what you actually want to do.
Moreover, your weekend is not swallowed whole by chores.
Let’s take a look at a few tips to manage your time like you manage your money.
Make A To-Do List
This one is a bit of a no-brainer. But if it’s that much of a no-brainer, how come you haven’t made one yet?
Maybe because you don’t know how to make an effective one?
The truth is that we’re either scared of making a to-do list because it make us seem too controlled and obsessive. Or we just don’t know how to make an effective one.
A to-do list shouldn’t contain every single thing you still need to do. Instead, it should contain the things that are of paramount importance.
Right down a list of things that need doing. Then, put a number from at the side of each task. If a task is of the utmost importance, put a number one next to it. If it’s not urgent but still needs doing soon, but a number two next to it. If, however, a task can be put off because it doesn’t really offer much, put a number three next to it.
Then, cross off the number three’s. Eliminate them from your list.
You’ve now got a smaller list of things to do that should give you less of a headache. You could even look through the number two’s and see if there are any of those that could be eliminated from your list without costing you anything. Then you need to …
When we don’t prioritise, we accidentally put something off that really needs to have been done sooner. And all the time we could have been working on it, we were working on something else that hasn’t given us as much value. Time is now running out, and we’re getting stressed.
For example, let’s say you have exams coming up. Part of your daily routine is exercise. You get on the bike every day for at least an hour to keep fit.
The problem is that you really needed to study more last week for your exams, but you lost an hour each day because you were on the bike.
In such a case, it’s okay to miss a day on the bike and swap it for studying.
It’s all about prioritising and working out what would offer you the most value at the time.
Learn To Say No To People
Not the most assertive person in the world? If you’ve been saying Yes to people all the time, it might make you feel good about yourself. Moreover, when you say Yes to people, they seem to like you more.
However, it’s eating into your time and causing you to fall behind with stuff.
Be very selective about who and what you say Yes to. Remember, you don’t owe anybody anything. If you simply don’t have the time to do something for someone, say No. You’re under no obligation to give a reason. Just saying No and carrying on with what you were doing is more than enough.
Confucius was right when he said that the person who chases two rabbits ends up catching none.
It’s become the norm to believe that women are good at multitasking. But where on earth did that come from? Is it because guys said we were good at making them dinner at the same time as ironing their shirts?
The truth is that multitasking just does not work. It doesn’t. You lose focus, you lose track, and you lose time.
Focus on one task at a time.
Eat The Frog
Eat the Frog is something of an overused team, but perhaps you haven’t come across it yet. Basically, when we eat the frog, we complete our most daunting task of the day before anything else. We get it out of the way so that we don’t have to think about it anymore.
There are lots of benefits from working like this. After all, the reason we procrastinate and lose so much time is because we think actually doing the task will cause us more pain than putting it off.
This is almost always how we feel when we’ve got a task coming up that we really don’t want to do.
And it has a domino effect on the rest of your day. That task doesn’t get done, and neither do any others.
If you get the worst task done first, you’ve got a psychological edge. The day suddenly looks much easier and brighter! It’s plain sailing from now on, and you can focus on the stuff that doesn’t look so bad.
Have Someone Help You
If you’ve got kids at home, now might be the right time to get them onboard with helping you out a bit.
And how about your partner? Is there something he could be doing?
And maybe you could call in a favour from a friend.
Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. It’s almost impossible to do everything ourselves. Delegation is a great thing.