Do you want to free up some time for yourself or your hobby? Below, we put together 6 tips that can help you with your time management.
Know your goals
First, you need to define your goals and work backwards to break them down into smaller tasks. Whether it is to learn a skill, finish your college degree or online certificate, or qualify for a higher paying job. You are more likely to have routine tasks that you have to do, such as go to work or pick up your kids from school. Now your objective is to create and use the time between those must-do activities to accomplish your goals.
Prioritize tasks in Covey’s time management matrix
Covey’s time management matrix consists of four quadrants. Put urgent and important tasks in the first quadrant. Important but not urgent will go to the second quadrant. The third quadrant will have urgent but not important tasks while not urgent and not important tasks go to the fourth quadrant.
After you categorize your tasks into respective quadrants, do not spend time on the tasks in the fourth quadrant because those are neither urgent nor important and will waste your precious time.
Find out what works best for you
Think in which timeframe fit each task:
- Do you want to do hardest and most time-consuming tasks first or last?
- Do you want to knock out simple tasks first or last?
- Can you do a task only during business hours?
- Can you do the task before or after business hours?
- Consider the task availability: can you do it anytime on your computer or phone with the internet connection?
The more you think and plan, the better you get at managing your time and energy.
Start your day early
If you wake up at 6 AM, you will make your day much longer. Waking up early creates a small window in the morning that you can use to prepare for the day, have a morning workout, or spend on your craft. That window also allows you to mentally prepare before the business hours begin. Wake up early, but be sure to get enough sleep.
Manage your daily routine
Try to sleep and wake up at the same time. It will train your brain and body to be alert and ready to work when you wake up and be relaxed when it is time to go to bed. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it immediately. It takes some time to get used to your bedtime routine.
Use time management tools
Time management tools are better alternatives to old-school paper entries. They allow you to generate different reports, see how much time you spend on each project or activity, and determine when you are most productive. There are a lot of free time trackers available on the internet, PlayStore, and AppStore. For the beginning, use this free web app called Time Camp and see how and on what you are spending your time.