As we spring ahead on March 9th, we’re loosing a whole hour. An hour?! If the mere thought of that stresses you out and makes you feel like you’re never going to get to the pleasurable things in your life, consider trying one of my favorite time management tips.
Simply pick your favorite tip and start with that. In no time, the tip will turn into a habit and you’ll start to feel like there’s more time for what you really love in life!
1. Once a week, plan a day to map out the entire week. I can’t stress this enough. Without knowing which tasks are most important and when/how you’ll accomplish them, you’ll waste valuable time on the tiny, unimportant tasks.
2. Combine like tasks into one. If you have a meeting at your office and then a lunch meeting right afterwards, choose a restaurant close to your office so you don’t have to travel. If you have to meet with a teacher, plan it for a time when your child has an after school activity: make one trip to save time and gas.
3. End of day pickup. Spend 15 minutes at the end of the day returning items back to their HOMES. Following this method of decluttering your home and workspace will save you time because you’ll always know where things are and won’t waste time trying to find them.
4. Set a timer. Set aside a certain amount of time to do a task. Set a timer and you’ll save time by not constantly looking at a clock. When the time is up put the task away. If it is not done highlight it on your task list: at the end of the day, look back at what wasn’t accomplished and move it over to the next day, week or whatever is appropriate according to priority.
5. Make good use of idle time. When you are waiting for a client to arrive, a child’s practice to end, or the doctor, complete small tasks such as: make a grocery list, read (resumes, recipes/magazine) or start the next item on your to-do list. The key to this tip is making sure you’re carrying small tasks along with you!
Everyday Tidy, LLC
Lori understands the need for organization and efficiency in making your life run as smoothly as possible. Lori works with individuals and small business throughout North Carolina and across the United States bring order and efficiency to their lives so they can enjoy the things they really love.
As a teacher for nine years, a mother to twin boys, and a wife, Lori understood the need for organization and efficiency. The more organized she became, the more time and energy she had to enjoy time with her family, her friends and feel more productive at work. She was inspired to start her own personal organizing business, EVERYDAY TIDY LLC, so that she could bring this feeling of organization and empowerment to the people around her.