Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. Here are some ways you can better make use of the time you have:
- Set Goals
If you don’t know what you want how will you know how to best spend your time?
- Create a Plan
Once you have a goal, you need to figure out how to achieve that goal. This will be your plan. Figure out what steps you need to take and realistically estimate how long each step will take to accomplish.
- Set Priorities
You probably have several goals and many tasks to complete to accomplish them. Which ones are more important? Which ones are more urgent? Is there a particular order certain tasks must be completed in?
- Set Daily Tasks
If you are scheduling an 8 hour day for example, you should only schedule 6 hours worth of tasks. There will be interruptions, things will take longer than you estimated, and/or something unavoidable will come up that needs attention immediately. Do not put more on your daily list than you can reasonably accomplish! If you consistently end your day with tasks left over that will be demotivating.
- Review and Evaluate
Schedule time to review and evaluate each step to make sure you are still working towards your goals. Perhaps a goal has changed or you’ve added new goals. Now is the time to adjust your plan, priorities, and daily tasks.
Congratulate yourself for working towards and achieving your goals! Yay you! You’ve got this!