Time’s a wastin! – Tools to manage your time better Part II

Time's a wastin II

Learn how to manage your time!

Here you’ll find the continuation of Part I. If you missed the first post somehow, please go check it out.

Tools to manage your time Part I


Time Management Tools:
Organization
Routine
Distractions
Delegate when possible
Sleep/Eat
Respect your time
Knowing when to walk away

Organization
Being organized not only makes you feel better, it can save you time (and money, but that’s a whole nuther post).
The following is what I suggest to organize first. If you already have these places organized…kudos to you my friend.
-Cleaning supplies. Have all your cleaning supplies in one place, not twenty. Have a carry basket for the main cleaning products you use, such has furniture polish, windex, wipes (I can’t live without wipes – greatest invention yet), multipurpose cleaner, duster, rag and sponge. You can obviously change that if need be, but you get the point.
-Kitchen cabinets. Organize these to your specifications and maybe kitchen layout. Just have order to it. Like all Tupperware in one place. You can have the tops put together with the bottoms, or tops stacked near the bottoms, so you’re not rummaging through the dang cabinet looking for the blasted top to fit the container you just put your leftover chili in. Have your kitchen laid out to cut back on moving too much to find the spatula which should be close to the stovetop. Get my drift.
-Pantry. Keep like foods together and the items you use the most, the most easily assessable spot.
-Closets. Keep pairs of shoes together. Pants, dresses, skirts, shirts and coats separate from each other. Have a designated area for belts, scarves and hats.
I could go on and touch every room and closest and cabinet, but this is a brief summary of how organization can save you time. Bottom line, if you spend a lot of time searching for something, you could use a little better organization.

Routine
Having a routine is very important, but not as crucial as you may think. You can break routine here and there and it won’t kill ya. However, creating and sticking to a routine is beneficial for the body and brain.
The body learns the routine and will adapt to times (i.e. wake up times, eating times, exercising time, cleaning times, etc..) and the brain will go into auto-drive. The more you stick to a routine the less you have to rely on the lists as much. You will come to know what’s next on your own. Hey, kids need routines, why shouldn’t we?

Distractions
If you think you’re gonna slide through your day without a distraction, you must live alone and with no phone.  All I want to mention here is to expect some sort of distraction. When you create your lists and give yourself timeframes and/or deadlines, give a little wiggle room just in case you are distracted
If you aren’t distracted then guess what, you have some extra time to do with what you want.

Delegate when possible
Definition – entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself.
Whether you’re at home or at work, if you are overwhelmed, think about delegating one of your easier tasks to someone else. Lighten your load so you don’t burn out.
If you have kids old enough to handle any of your “to-do”s, by all means, delegate it to him/her. Not only are you freeing yourself up a little, but you are also teaching your child to have responsibility, to contribute to the household and to help others when in need.
Just don’t feel that you need to do everything. We all need help from someone at some time with something.

Sleep/Eat
We already know that we’re supposed to get enough, not too much, sleep and we’re supposed to eat healthy. So, I’ll just re-iterate here, that it does play a role with time management. Without sleep and food, your body will crash and burn. Then how are you going to get that ginormous list crossed off?

Respect your time
Don’t spend time on tasks or people that get you nowhere. Yes, you should take breaks, but consider whether or not what you’re doing at the time is actually productive, worth it or needed. If you can’t say that any of those apply, then don’t waste time on it. Facebook, twitter, any other social media can be time wasters, but can also be productive, worth it, or needed. But they can also be the opposite. Maybe there is a better time for checking your emails and Facebook messages.
USE YOUR TIME WISELY. RESPECT YOURSELF!

Knowing when to walk away
Getting frustrated, getting nowhere, wasting time? You’re not being productive. Either switch tasks or walk away now. This would be a good time to break. Eat something, do some meditation, take a walk, watch some tv, hey, now’s a good time to check your email or Facebook.
Refer to the last listed idea – RESPECT YOUR TIME.

I hope some or all of these tools can help you manage your day better. Please feel free to add any suggestions you may have as well.
Let me re-iterate before ending this. After reading all of the tools/ideas listed above, it almost seems like you need to be a robot and not human. Wrong! All of this is to free up time and be human – enjoy life, don’t waste it away.

Decide on what to do…and do it!

Rock on!

`Bobbi

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