There are only 24 hours in a day, and no matter how much extra you try to squeeze into each day, that fact is never going to change. The question that remains is how to use those 24 hours most efficiently and effectively to get done as much as you can in the time that you have. While some people have no problem managing their minutes on a daily basis, others might not be as lucky. Make the most out of each day with these tips for time management.
Like I said, there are only 24 hours in a day, which means that if you have 26 hours worth of things to do, you’re going to have to make some decisions. Even though, in your mind, everything needs to be done today, there is likely a hierarchy of importance with these tasks. Figure out what absolutely needs to be done that day, and work backwards, choosing 3 or 4 of the most important tasks to complete each day.
- Get a good night’s rest.
Sure, on the busiest days, the last thing that you feel like you have time for is sleep, but missing sleep will hurt you in the long run by impacting your productivity and not allowing you to be at your best. While it’s easy to cut 2 hours of sleep out of your night to make room for more tasks to complete, don’t sell yourself short by not giving your body the rest and rejuvenation that it needs to begin each day at 100%.
- Get a jump start on the day.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,” and this phrase has stuck around so long because it’s true. Procrastination is the killer of productivity, so get an early jump on each day to keep yourself on your toes.
- Focus on one task at a time.
If you tackle each task with the entirety of your to-do list in the back of your mind, you’re going to overwhelm yourself before you even start while not making your list any shorter. Focus 100% (or as much as you can) of your attention on the task at hand, and do this for each task on your list until you complete them.