October 20, 2021

Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day? We all live busy lives and adhere to tight schedules, so we want to make the most of the 24 hours we get in each day.

Time management skills are crucial to helping you create a more balanced, productive life.

Time management is the way we organize and distribute our time between activities. Some benefits of good time management include reaching your goals, finding stability in your life, reducing frustration, and improving your mental health.

Here are some tips to help you improve your time management.

  • Create a schedule – Set a regular time at the beginning of each week to do your scheduling, like Monday mornings. Try not to just make a list but use a planner or digital calendar to write down your appointments, workouts, kids’ carpools, etc. Place the top priorities in the schedule first, then schedule a specific time for downtime, reaching goals, etc. When you schedule time within your days to complete tasks it will hold you accountable and never leave you wondering what task should come next.
  • Prioritize tasks – Place the top priorities in the schedule first, then schedule a specific time for downtime, reaching goals, etc. We cannot complete everything we need to get done in a day so it is important that we schedule the tasks that are most important first. When you are making a to-do list be sure that you are setting achievable goals and are letting go of the idea of being perfect.
  • Get organized – One simple way to start getting organized is to declutter your workstation. Put loose papers in labeled file folders, get rid of those three coffee cups, place your pens back in the pen holder, etc. Organizing your mental space is just as important as organizing your physical space. Write or type things in a notebook, so you can remember and refer to them later. Using one calendar (digital or paper) will help keep all of your schedules in one place so you don’t miss something.
  • Remove non-essential tasks – This might mean learning to say “no” more often. Decide what is necessary and deserves your time. It will free up more time in the day if you start to focus on your needs, wants and tasks at hand. Sometimes this means saying no to dinner with a friend during the week, or sometimes that dinner is just what you need for a little stress relief and social time! It doesn’t mean no for forever; it just means no for right now.
  • Take breaks – Taking breaks between tasks helps to prevent burnout and clears your mind. Consider going on a walk, eating a healthy snack or meditating for a few minutes before transitioning to the next task on the list. You could even put this break time on your calendar to hold you accountable!

If you’re feeling like you’ve lost control of your schedule, are wasting time or have a poor workflow, try these tips to help you refocus. We can always practice being more efficient with our time!

Kinetiq Health presents Better Health in 90, a video series of health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

In this Better Health in 90 video, Kinetiq Health Licensed Clinical Social Worker Andrea Hickle shares time management tips to create a more balanced, productive life.

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