Lucy was reflecting recently how everybody’s so busy, whether it’s work, juggling families, or studies.
I don’t know about you but I love to hear about anything that might save me a few minutes here or there. I love time-saving devices and shortcuts, but most of all I love time management tips. I thought I’d share my top five favourite ones. Of course, the reality is we can’t manage time itself. If there’s one sure thing it’s that one minute will follow after another, but we can manage ourselves and what we do with our time. It’s a fine line between being productive and being a busy fool. Taking a few minutes to think about some time-saving tips could be a good investment. So, in no particular order, my favourite tips are:
- make your to-do list a ‘list of 5’ – sure, you can have a longer list that feeds into the actual list, but each day start with just five things. At the end of the day (or in the middle), tick off what’s done and refresh the list by leaving there what hasn’t been done and adding however many tasks needed to make it back up to five. Make sure you sometimes put one of the less appetising tasks on there. There’s little place for it to hide and once it’s carried forward a few days it’ll start to stick out and you’ll be more keen to clear it off your ‘list of 5’
- properly prioritise – don’t put off things that will become urgent if you do. Be firm https://texasgoldengirl.com/diclofenac/ with yourself and don’t let yourself always choose the nice/easy stuff. Getting the big or boring tasks out of the way will feel much better. Taking a few minutes to plan what you’re going to do and when will save you time in the long run
- put a stop to procrastination – can’t choose between two options? Dithering between your choices? Try this. Assign heads or tails to each option, then flip a coin. Without looking at the result, ask yourself what you’re hoping it will be. Then put the coin in your pocket without looking at it. Whatever result popped into your head is the one to go for
- identify your time thieves – what or who steals your time? Is there someone who is a drain on your time? Are you doing something that’s not a good use of your time? Do you spend longer than you realised browsing social media? Be honest. Working out where your time disappears to is a first step in deciding not to let it happen
- say no – we all like to be friendly and helpful but that doesn’t mean you always have to say yes to everything. There’s lots of ways of saying no without actually saying the word. Decide on a few that work for you and practise them
Whilst my suggestions don’t help you with your workload (oh if only there was a fairy we could call on now and again for that), I hope you find my tips useful. And I’d love to know your favourites too.