The first time I had to learn time management was back in my Freshman year of high school. Our classes were called 'hours', and I had 6 of them. Zero hour was softball training, 1-5 were my core classes, math, history, science, English with one elective (TV Production) & 6th hour was study hall. After school, I would have weight lifting, then commute to my travel softball practice. This might sound like a lot for a teenage schedule, however for me, it taught me 3 values that I honor through my business & personal life. Applying these three steps have helped me become more organized, productive and adaptive.
1. Set Your Priorities
Think about a goal you have and why that goal is important to you. Having set your priorities allows you to plan your schedule for the day; performing activities that will keep you on track of those goals, so you can be more productive with your time.
A few ways to help set your priorities:
- Use your calendar in your phone + set reminder
- Write down the tasks you want to get done, the night before
- Check off the tasks you did get done, before you go to sleep
2. Develop a System That Works For You
Before you can lead your life, you must establish a solid routine that works for what you are trying to accomplish. Your routine can be something simple, that you make you feel productive, performing every single day. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you would then create a lifestyle that would support your goal.
A few ways to help you stay consistent with your routine:
- Set an alarm at the same time every morning
- Schedule time each day to get 30-minutes of movement
- Make a to-do list every night of what you want to accomplish tomorrow
3. Focus on Progress Rather Than Perfection
We are all striving to be perfect, but sometimes it can be exhausting. It's very easy to compare your achievements or work with someone else's and get discouraged. We need to remember that we are all on different journey's and our path's lead us to different destinations. When we focus on progress rather than perfection, we can be more productive with our time. Progress is making valuable steps forward and continuing to trust the process.
A few ways to help you strive for progress:
- Don't beat yourself up: Taking one action a day is better than nothing. All you can do is try your hardest and be proud of your efforts. TOMORROW is another day!
- Take a second to think: There is no need to rush, take a moment to ask yourself, "What is the right next move"?
- Surround yourself with positive energy: Positive energy is contagious and when your mind is filled with positive self talk, it will reflect in your performance.