These days everyone always seems to be busy. Whether it’s work, family, friends, sport, study or other commitments, it can be hard to find the time to get everything done. Along with this is the separate issue around the effects to our health and wellbeing of constantly rushing around juggling a million activities without stopping to breathe. The other day at work I was literally so busy that I was almost jogging around the office! I’ve been meaning to read Dr Libby’s book Rushing Women’s Syndrome as I think it’s a real issue with women in particular due to the various roles and responsibilities we have. But in the meantime, here are some quick tips from Mayo consultants on better time management.
- Plan your day – on busy days writing a ‘to do’ list can help you get more done and feel more in control. It’s also a great feeling to tick things off 🙂
- Prioritise – make sure that the tasks you choose to spend your time and energy on are really important to you
- Say no to non-essential tasks or things that do not align with your goals – you can’t do everything and be everywhere at once so don’t feel that you need to say yes to everything you’re asked to do
- Delegate – look at what you could pass on to someone else
- Set yourself smaller more manageable goals – for example, completing a whole assignment might seem daunting but setting aside an hour to work on a small portion of it is still helping you reach your longer term goal but seems far more manageable
- Limit distractions – turn off your phone and resist the temptation to check facebook or instagram until a time you set for yourself. It’s amazing how much time you can waste on social media.
I’m going to make an effort to do all of these things myself, especially number 6. I need to finally stop procrastinating and get my coaching assignments done!