We all want to do more in less time. Managing your time isn’t so hard if you think about everything you need to do
ahead of time and plan ahead. To help you out, we wanted to share a few time management tips so you can get going.
- Start with a list. Make a list of things you need to do and places you need to go. You can write them down or use an online to do list. There are many apps for your phone that sync to your computer to help you keep up with everything. You can even put your grocery list in an app.
- Know your timing. Be familiar with how long it takes you to do your daily tasks like showering and getting ready, getting gas, going to the grocery store, You can add up the time you need to do everyday things and plan enough time to do it.
- Drive in order. When you run errands, put the places you need to go in an order that will minimize your travel time. If you put them in a circular pattern on a map you can skip driving back and forth across town to get just a few things done. If you need to, you can use a map website and route multiple destinations to lower your driving time down.
- Account for drive time. If you will be driving and you need to be on time, you need to take into account how long it will take you to drive to your destination. If it takes twenty minutes to arrive, plan for at least 25 – 30 minutes. This will allow you some time to park. If you are going to a place you have never been to before, you should also give yourself a few extra minutes to find your way if you get lost. If you have extra time built in to recover from a wrong turn, then you’ll keep your commitments and avoid stress over being late, and if you arrive early, you have extra time to respond to emails or make phone calls.
- Take advantage of driving time. If you want to learn a language or make phone calls, drive time is a perfect time to do so as long as you pay attention to the road first. Play a foreign language track or call your child while you’re driving. If you can’t drive and talk at the same time, this tip is not for you.
- Use your map apps. If you live in a high-traffic area, use your map or traffic apps to check the traffic before you drive anywhere. Even if you know how to get where you are going, using a map app can save you valuable time lost in traffic jams if you can reroute your trip through a low-traffic route. For a list of free GPS apps, click here.
- Block out time on your calendar. If you have a priority to go to the gym, and event or an exercise class, block the time on your calendar so no one can schedule a meeting during your personal time.
- Use small breaks in your bigger activities. If you have twenty minutes between work and an exercise class or other things, use that time to prepare for the following day. Set out your clothes for the next day, pack a lunch or pay a couple of bills. Remember you don’t have to do everything at once and taking advantage of short amounts of free time and give you more time and less stress later.
- Ask for help when you need it. If you are overwhelmed with all the hustle and bustle, ask your friend, child, parent or spouse for some assistance with the little things like running and errand, cooking dinner, or doing a load of laundry.
- Just say no. You don’t have to do everything for everyone who asks. People tell you no sometimes and it’s okay for you to do the same. You also don’t need to pressure yourself to make every holiday bigger and better than the previous year.
Everyone is too busy nowadays, so it’s important to get things done and lower stress. With a little organization and planning, you can reach your time management goals. If you can’t do everything, the consequences won’t be too dramatic. Take care of yourself first so you can take care of others and use these time management tips to help you along the way.