5 Time Management Tips that Will Change Your Life!
September 3, 2017
I was forced to re-evaluate my time management practices years ago, both at home and at the office. With my health issues, it’s important for me to manage my time as efficiently as possible. Here are some tools and tips that have really helped me to manage my time better.
I wake up 10 minutes earlier every day.
This is so I have 10 minutes to reflect on what I need to do that day.
Use lists. Listing out what it is needed to be done in that day/week/month, then go through and put it in one of 3 categories. UI: Urgent and Important, NI: Not Urgent but Important, NN : Not urgent and not important. Those items that are marked as Urgent and Important need to be accomplished before the other groups. Then go through and mark each task with your estimated amount of time to finish each task. Now number each task in the order you want to complete them based on your notes. At the end of the day the items not completed move up on the ladder of importance (usually the first to be done on the next day). This way I never fall too far behind, and know what to expect when the new day begins.
When going through my work basket or paperwork at home, I address those items that take less than 2 minutes as they are seen. Double and Triple handling paperwork that could’ve been dealt with in minimal time is just a time and energy sucker.
Make a game of cleaning.
WHAT? I know, I must be crazy right? Well, the jury is still out on that. In all seriousness though, I find it much easier to take smaller bites out of monotonous tasks than spending hours on the same task. So, I set a timer for 10 minutes per room (bathrooms and kitchen get 15 a piece). When the timer goes off I am done in whichever room I was assigned for that time. The only way I get to go back is if I have time left over on another room. I take a break after 3 rooms to recollect my bearings, but even with a break the house is relatively clean in 2 hours or less.
In keeping with the theme of taking small bites, I attribute that to laundry as well. I make it a point to do at least 1 load of laundry every day, so that I am not completely bombarded with laundry once a week.
Meal prep and planning
I go through periods when I am better at this than others. When there are insanely good deals at the store, or we find ourselves with a little extra money, I am all for preparing freezer meals. Slow cooker meals are especially easy and take minimal time to prepare. Sometimes if I know that I am making a meal that will freeze well, I will just make a double batch, and throw one batch in the freezer for a later date.
I hope some of these tips help give you back some of your time, so you can reserve time for yourselves! Please share any additional advice in the comments section!
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I’m April, a wife and mother of two. Since the end of 2010 I have been battling autoimmune diseases: and facing those have left me with limited physical abilities, limited energy, and limited funds; so I created this blog to document my journey : to simplifying my life, hopefully finding tips and tricks and resources to help save me time, money, and energy. I am hoping not only to share my journey, but to inspire others with similar challenges. Personally I think everyone would welcome ways to save time, money, and energy, but to some it is imperative. The content you can expect to see includes life hacks, organizational and time management resources, tips and tricks to saving money, ideas and resources for making money doing simple tasks or passively, and simple inexpensive gift giving ideas. To those of you who may be concerned that this may just be one big pity party, I want to be clear. I have conditions that have altered my abilities, but this is about taking as much control over my life as I possibly can, and to make it a positive experience. I will not however, turn anyone away if they ask about my illnesses specifically. Perhaps they are newly diagnosed, and need some advice that I haven’t shared. I encourage those individuals to contact me any time. I want people to be able to positively bounce ideas off of one another to make it a blog that everyone can benefit from.