6 Steps to Better Time Management

 

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. Here are some ways you can better make use of the time you have:

  1. Set Goals
    If you don’t know what you want how will you know how to best spend your time?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Celebrate
    Congratulate yourself for working towards and achieving your goals! Yay you! You’ve got this!

How to find time to read

Start the year off with a decision to read more books to continue learning.

Why is reading more so important? Regardless of your field, there is always more to learn. This is an investment in yourself, and while it can be easy to put yourself last that is not sustainable. You will find yourself left behind and stressed.

Look at how you spend your day. Are there a few minutes that you could easily reassign to reading? For example, if I know I have something with a wait time, such as waiting for a doctor’s appointment or car service, I bring a book with me to read. If you have a book with you, it is easy to take advantage of “found” time during the day. If it works for you, you can also read books digitally. Then there is one less thing to carry, if you can read a book on your phone more than likely you’ll always have your phone with you. So even if you didn’t bring a physical book, you can still get some reading done during unexpected available time.

You can also schedule reading time just like you would any other appointment. Find a time that works for you, perhaps early in the morning or before bedtime, and put it in your calendar to remind you to get your reading done. When that time comes, set aside all distractions and focus on reading. It is important that you keep these appointments with yourself just like they were appointments with other people.

I find if you set aside some time every day for reading, even if it is a few minutes a day, before long you will be finished and ready to move to your next book. Take notes and try to apply the lessons learned. You will find that some work really well for you and others don’t. Don’t worry, and don’t feel that you have to use every idea from a book for it to be worthwhile. Even if you find one tidbit that makes your day better, then keep using that for continued growth.

Happy reading!


Introduction

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Hi there! Welcome to my new blog. I’ll be posting weekly, every Tuesday, for 2017.

So, what can you expect from my posts? I’ll be posting about topics covering productivity, positivity, and personality, along with general professional and personal development stories. I will have three main types of posts, how-to articles, personal stories/examples, and lists.

So, what do I mean by joyful abundance? That is defined individually. For me, joyful abundance is having a positive growth mindset, alignment between my personal and professional goals, focusing on what is important to me, and balancing my personality preferences with my day to day needs to reduce stress.

Join me in achieving joyful abundance in 2017!