“Take a deep breath Sarah, you can finish all of these tasks!” I tell this to myself from time to time when I feel myself getting worked up and anxious over having many projects at once. It’s easy for us to let things stress us out. Today I’m going to share some tips on how I manage my time wisely and how it helps reduce stress.
One thing I love to do, is to stay busy. I would say I’m pretty good at multi-tasking but I won’t lie, the pressure can get to me sometimes. It gets to all of us, but that’s okay. We are only human! When I started my current job, working from home, I very soon realized how easy it was for time to slip by. I knew that to be successful, I would have to manage my time wisely. This was one of the hardest things for me to adjust to.
I want to share with you some tips I have learned to help me maintain good time management.
- Find out what you’re wasting your time on
For me, I am guilty of scrolling through Facebook and Instagram when I’m trying to focus on something. A way that I got rid of this problem was to keep my cellphone sitting somewhere out of my reach. Try to catch yourself next time your mind wanders, and think of a way to rid yourself of that problem.
- Establish a routine
For me, I have a morning routine, daily work routine, and a evening routine. Of course life happens and you can’t always stick to it, but try to plan ahead the night before. On Mondays I use that time to plan out my week so I can establish a healthy routine.
Morning routine (get ready) 6-8:00
Work routine – Office time 8:00-11:00, Visit accounts 11:00-4:00, Emails and calls 5:00-6:00
Evening routine – Gym 6:30-7:30. Dinner 8:00
- Schedule Response times
When I have emails pouring in, or work texts, it’s hard for me to not respond right away. I’ve noticed for me that answering right away can lead me to stray away from what I’m currently doing and potentially take me down a path of no return. Focus on the task at hand, your e-mails will be there later.
- Take care of yourself
I know, roll your eyes, but you know I’m right. We often can get so caught up in work, that we forget to take care of our selves. One study suggests that for every 52 minutes of work, you should break for 17. If you have the luxury to do so, this can definitely lower your stress levels. If you don’t have 17 minutes, try meditating for a minute. A minute of silence and focusing on your breathing can make a world of difference on your performance levels. Don’t forget to exercise! I know the last thing you want to do after a long day of work is go to the gym, but trust me, you’ll feel so much better after. Just do it!
- Get a planner!
I will link below where I got the planner I use. I write everything down. Meetings, notes, to-do lists, etc. When I complete a task, I mark it off. My memory isn’t the best, so writing things down and seeing them really help me know all the tasks I have to complete.
Planner – Blue Sky purhased at Target
Planner Stickers – I found these in the little nick-nack bins they always have at the front of the store. Only $3.00