One of the things that I get asked the most about is how I manage my time, so today I thought I’d share some of my suggestions with you! We all know how difficult time management can get, especially when you have a thousand things going on in your life 😉
Time management, in my opinion, is a constant work in progress. It doesn’t happen overnight and it takes effort to do properly. It’s all about efficiency and working smarter, not harder.
Whether you’re in school, working full time or a stay at home Mom, time management is something that applies to everyone. So although I refer to blogging in this post, these suggestions can definitely be applied elsewhere! Let’s get started!
Tip #1 – Work Smarter, Not Harder
In order to properly manage your time, you need to change your mindset. Working smarter, not harder is key! This means that you should focus on the IMPORTANT tasks, and stop wasting your time on tedious activities that just make you busy rather than productive.
Tip #2 – Trim Down Your To-Do List
When you write down your to-do lists, do you ever find that you can’t stop thinking of things to add to it? I’ve been there too, and trust me, it’s inefficient. Instead of writing a page long to-do list for ONE DAY, focus on 3-6 tasks for the day instead. Make sure these are critical tasks that challenge you. Honestly they’re probably the tasks that you don’t want to do!
We tend to add a ton of things to our to-do lists when we’re avoiding the actual activities that NEED to be done that day. I mean, do you really need to re-organize your bathroom drawers in the middle of a work day??? Save those types of tasks for the days that you’re not actually working!
An example of a fluff-less daily to-do list for me would be:
- Write Sunday Blog Post “The Blog Series: Time Management”
- Plan 3 outfits for Saturday Photo Shoot
- Workout for 1hr
- Film Thursday YouTube Video “Black Friday Shopping Haul”
Tip #3 – Be Specific With Yourself
Being prepared for a work day, especially in the content creation world, means knowing exactly what you need to do. Notice in my task list above that each activity has some sort of important detail attached to it. By being specific on my to-do list, I don’t waste any time brainstorming or trying to think of content ideas.
You will save time and energy if you are well prepared for your work day.
Tip #4 – Stick to a Routine
I’ve finally come to a point in my life where I have a pretty stable daily routine and it helps with productivity and efficiency. By having a set routine Monday to Friday, I’m able to grasp how much time I have to get my work done. It’s almost as if I go into auto-pilot mode because I’m so used to my daily activities! Below is an example of my daily routine:
- 8am – Wake
- 8:30am – Workout
- 9:30am – Shower & Get ready for the day!
- 10:30am-3:30pm – Work (blog posts, IG content, YouTube content, etc)
- 4pm – Get ready for work! (I’m a P/T server as well)
- 10:30/11pm – Sleep
Tip #5 – Stop Multitasking
I’ve mentioned this before and it is still true! Multitasking prevents us from giving our 100% to one task and it actually takes more time for us to get things done. If you’ve set out a chunk of time to write a blog post, don’t go scrolling through IG while you’re doing it. You’re confusing your brain and wasting time.
How do you manage your time?