Does it seem like there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done? Feel like you’re always running late? Here are some tips for taking control of your time and organizing your life.
Make a “To Do” list every day
Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. If it’s easier, use a planner to track all of your tasks. And don’t forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments
Use spare minutes wisely
Get some reading done on the bus ride home from school, for example, and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.
It’s okay to say “No”
If your boss asks you to work on a Thursday night and you have a final exam the next morning, realize that it’s okay to say “no.” Keep your short and long term priorities in mind.
Find the right time
You’ll work more efficiently when you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don’t wait until late at night.
Get a good night’s sleep
Running on empty makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult.
Communicate your schedule to others
If phone calls are proving to be a distraction, tell your friends that you take social calls from 7-8pm. It may sound silly, but it helps.
Become a taskmaster
Figure out how much free time you have each week. Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities accordingly.
Don’t waste time agonizing
Have you ever wasted an entire evening by worrying about something that you’re supposed to be doing? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just do it.
Keep things in perspective
Setting goals that are unrealistic can set you up for failure. It’s good to set high goals for yourself but be sure not to overdo it. Set goals that are difficult but develop a clear plan to ensure that they are attainable.