I use to be so concerned about time during my undergrad years. “I don’t have the time,” probably was one of my most used phrases and I made sure I used every second of my day involving myself in something. I got to a point where I didn’t have the time to be doing purposeless things. Also, I didn’t have the time to be learning how to make more time because often I felt like I was running around like chicken with my head cut off. I digress.Being busy doesn't always mean you're being productive. Click To Tweet
As crazy as that sounds, I had somehow tricked myself into thinking that involving myself in everything would keep me balanced. I wanted to be well-rounded and have all of my expertise look good on paper but honestly nothing was more useful to me than recognizing the importance of allotting time for myself and the things I needed. Read How You View Yourself Personally Can Affect You Professionally. Without effective time management none of the organizations I was involved with, jobs I worked or people I socialized with would make my time work better for me. Look out for an upcoming post on ‘2 templates you should have readily available’ .
The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Get in Formation
Building your expertise in one or more areas is important but not when it’s taking up every minute of your time!Don't forget about making time for you and your ideal happiness on your success journey. Click To Tweet
Learning key steps to break down your time starts with creating a balanced system.
- add more time to your day
- get your goals demolished
- set aside time for yourself
Here’s a more in-depth break down:
- RISE AND SHINE: Getting up earlier naturally will put you ahead of your game. You add more time to your day and have more time to cross things off your task list.
- PREPPING + POSITIONING is GOALS: Prepping and Position the night before simply means that you are doing the routine things you would normally do the next day ahead of time. Why it works? You spend less time on these tasks in the morning and can devote that time to something else. I learned about creating this amazingly good habit from a webinar with Mattie of Mattieologie.com. When I began to routinely prep and position daily, it literally changed my life. Overall, I feel more prepared and ready to tackle my day.
Here’s a few examples of prepping and positioning.
- Laying out your clothes for the next day
- Leaving out a mug with your tea bag next to it on the kitchen counter. (I do this at night because I know a daily routine for me in the morning is to get up and make myself a cup of tea. I spend less time going through my cabinets to grab a mug or my tea of choice by already having it waiting for me).
- Place books or journals out and opened on a table with a pen or pad, if needed ( I make it my business to spend time in the Word of God before I start my day. I always leave my bible open so all I have to do is get up, get my tea and make my way over to my reading nook aka my serenity corner).
- WAKE UP, WAKE UP. GOT TO GET THIS PAPER, GET THIS CAKE UP: (literally sang that in my best Jhene Aiko voice) Setting hourly alarms and alerts will help remind you when to do certain tasks or when to have a certain task completed by.
- PLAN IT OUT: Using a planner for work and personal planning is a holy grail to keeping track of what’s going on and planning ahead (I’ll be telling you about my favorite planner in a future post)
- HEY, NICE WATCH: Getting into the habit of wearing and using a watch will help you with your time. Hearing my watch tick also makes me feel more productive.
- COLOR BLOCKING IS MORE THAN JUST A FASHION STATEMENT: A color block schedule is an amazing visual source to use. You can create them on excel or use your phone and google calendar.
- READY, SET, DEMOLISH YOUR GOALS: Never forget about demolishing your personal goals! Set a timer for atlas 15 – 30 minutes a day to dedicate to getting your goals done.
Don’t let another month go by without implementing a schedule that works for you.
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