Happy Sunday grinders! I hope you had a wonderful start to your February. As we approach the middle of the month, I want you to do a goal check. How many of your February goals have you accomplished? Which ones have you made progress on? I am happy to report that I have made progress on all of mine (yippee!) & I hope to hear the same from you! Today I want to talk a little about time management. I get asked all of the time how I juggle so many tasks & I don’t seem stressed out (though I definitely have my moments!). I am by no means the busiest person on Earth, but I do work full-time, workout 4 times & run 3 times per week, study for NASM, blog, YouTube, & have time to eat, sleep & spend time with my husband. My response is & always will be: time management! Let’s dive in.
- Get yourself a planner. I use a Passion Planner & I adore it because it teaches you how to set up “Passion Plans”, or road maps to achieve your short- and long-term goals. The importance of a planner is the ability to dump all of your daily activities onto the pages so that you can see where you are spending your time, where you have free time, & how you can spend that free time. I write down & color code everything in my planner: I block out my work schedule first, then schedule my workout times, blogging time, filming/editing time. I will even block out time when I meal prep or go out to lunch with Aaron or my family. Anything that requires time is recorded in my planner.
- Preparation. If I waited until the day of to plan that day’s activities, I would be screwed. I highly recommend sitting down & planning out your month, & then your weeks, ahead of time. This gives you ample time to plan out each day, which will make you a productive superstar. I usually have the next week planned, blocked out, & color-coded by Wednesday of the week before. Preparation and time management go hand-in-hand; you can’t have one without the other.
- Prioritization. You know the constants in your life. You know your work schedule, or when you need to pick the kids up from school. Those are the things you want to block out first because they have to happen. Once all of your required commitments are accounted for, then you can see where you have time to add your other priorities, but you must first decided what those priorities are. Before blocking them out, make sure you write down everything you would like to make happen that week, then number them by priority. Start by finding time for #1, then add #2, and so on. You may discover that you do not have time for everything, which is why planning time for top-priority things is so important. Anything left that you cannot find time for should be considered in the following week’s planning, or maybe take a look back at your planner & make sure you are actually spending your time in a useful manner. If you can’t seem to fit in a workout but you find yourself watching Netflix at night… I think you get my point.
- Project Management. Like I said in tip #1, I map out short- and long-term goals in my Passion Planner. If you do the same, you know that each goal is to be broken down into steps. These steps need to be time-bound, so be sure to record those due dates during your planning process each week too. Knocking out a little bit of each step each week is going to get you closer to those goals, but if you don’t plan time to work on them, they are never going to happen.
- Reflection. Another thing that I love about the Passion Planner is that it has monthly reflections, but you can do this regardless of the type of planner you have. At the end of each month, take a look back on its weeks. Are you happy with how you spent your time? Did you achieve everything you planned for? Celebrate your achievements, but be honest with your opportunities. Assess how you can plan better for the next month to spend your time more effectively. Time management is a skill, & you will continue to perfect that skill as time goes on. Learn from each month what you can do better in the future.
There you have it! Those are my top tips for time management. I’m also going to list a few books below that I have read & recommend for those of you who want to work on your time management. Do you have any tips to share? Please leave them in the comments below! Also please feel free to share this if it helped you or send to a friend that could benefit from this post! Thanks for stopping by, let’s make it a productive week!
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