Can I be perfectly honest with you for a second? I feel like last year my brain was on overdrive. There were so many things that I wanted to do, and I was determined that I could do them all.
I ended up getting nothing productive done because my head was in a million different places at once. It took running myself crazy before I realized that the more I chased perfection, the further away it got.
So I’ve started doing things a little bit differently in 2017. Instead of bogging my schedule down with things, I’ve taken an inventory of my priorities. It sounds silly, but I don’t think people revisit and reevaluate their priorities often enough. Life changes. Things that may have been important a year ago may not be as important this year. It’s fair to say then, that those priorities shouldn’t be given as much attention as others.
Start with evaluating your priorities.
The best way to figure out where and how to allocate your precious time is to set SMART goals. By setting goals for yourself, you’re laying a roadmap of where you want to go and what you’re going to do in order to get there. My advice is to re-evaluate your priorities at least once a year.Good #TimeManagement begins w/ evaluating your priorities ✅ Click To Tweet
Identify your weaknesses.
We all have them. It’s OK. For me, I’m chronically late for everything. My fiance hates it. I hate it, and I’m trying to get better. These hacks work great if you’re trying to be more organized, punctual, less forgetful or just need a little help staying on track. The first step is admitting, the second is finding a solution.
Use your resources.
There are countless tools and resources that you probably already have available to you. (For free!) Downloading internet browser extensions is a great way to make your digital life more organized and less stressful. (Because we all know how easy it is to get sucked into the interwebs.)
Internet Browser Extensions
OneTab Google Chrome extension. Hands down, the best extension that I’ve download thus far. And I’ve downloaded a lot. If you’re like me and consistently have 5 or more tabs open at any given time, then you need to download this extension, like yesterday.
Part of why I always have so many tabs open is because I’m doing multiple things at once. I have a couple tabs open for school, a few open for my blog, and probably a few random articles I’m interested in reading (but don’t have time to at the current moment and don’t want to forget about it).
What ends up happening is that as I’m working, my browser slows down because of all the information it’s trying to process. Eventually, I get ye olde “Oops! Something went wrong” message, and then either have to re-load every single tab that crashed, or completely shut down the computer and restart. And then re-open the tabs that crashed.
As you’ve probably noticed this process is incredibly exhausting and not in the least bit functional OR effective. Enter, OneTab.
When you notice that you’re tabs are starting to pile up, just click the little OneTab extension button and OneTab will compile all of your tabs into one neat tab with links to each individual tab. From here you can restore all, delete all, share the entire page (I use this option to e-mail page links to myself) or restore each tab individually as you need it.
Basically, this extension is pure gold. And it’s free, which makes it a total WIN in my book. 😉
Free iPhone or Android Apps
My favorite time management iPhone app is 30/30. It’s what I use to stay on task. If you’re like me and have a tendency to get distracted easily, this will help. I use it to schedule and manage time blocks of tasks (hence the name 30/30). For example, when I need to complete a reading for school I set a 50 minute time block to read and then a 10 minute time block for a break. Then I hit play and it cycles through on it’s own. Once 50 minutes is up an alert goes off that tells me to move on to my break. Once my 10 minute break is up it starts back at 50 minutes for reading.
A Bullet Journal or Planner
Apparently bullet journaling is super popular right now, and I just found out about it. It’s really not a whole lot different than a planner. The best part about it is that YOU create the pages that YOU need, instead of having to use pre-designed pages that might not be useful to you.
Strangely enough, I first read about bullet journaling on Buzzfeed and was instantly addicted. I have to admit that I didn’t have a lot of faith at first. However, I’m still using it (mostly for school), and it’s actually been a tremendous help in keeping all of my assignments organized.
If you’re not really into the whole “bullet” thing, you can always just keep a regular planner. Anything is better than nothing, right?
Cell or smart phone alarm
You may not realize it, but the alarm setting on your cell or smart phone is an incredibly useful tool. Hint: It’s not just for waking up. I set alarms for everything. Need to call a plumber? Set an alarm. Forgot to take out food to thaw for dinner? Set an alarm.
Some people have problems waking up in the morning. I have recurring problems throughout the day. My iphone alarm is my best friend. I don’t know how I would remember anything without it. Right now I have 11 alarms set on my phone, and 8 of them are recurring reminders. (Wake up, need to leave the house, take meds, take out meat for tomorrow, etc.)
Don’t be ashamed. If it works, WORK IT!
The point is, finding a system that works for you may take some trial and error. But once you find it, lock it in and USE it.If it works, WORK IT. #ProductivityHacks Click To Tweet
Until next time,
Let’s chat! What tools do you already use to help manage your time? Let me know in the comment section below!👇
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