Time management tips always enhance your productivity when your schedule heats up. And taking good care of yourself while getting everything else done can be quite a challenge. So if you establish a good system now, it will reward you many times over as you take on new projects.
Ask yourself – do you look forward to branching out in new directions, only to feel depleted and overwhelmed as you get underway? As common as this is, it really doesn’t have to be that way. Use these 3 tips to give yourself a strong start, right now, so you’re ready for anything that life sends your way.
1. Make Lists
Lists put all those steps you need to take where they belong – on your templates and calendar, not in your head! Set aside time to brainstorm lists of everything you will need to do to successfully accomplish your new goals. Remember, no item is too small. Nothing is silly or unworthy of inclusion. Don’t allow critical thoughts in to sabotage this brainstorming session.
Once you’ve got everything you can think of on your list, you can categorize and prioritize. Then use this information to create smaller, more specific lists. These then outline the framework of your weekly and daily task list.
2. Create a Plan
When you are already busy and are handed more balls to juggle, there are few things as helpful and grounding as creating a plan for your day. To do this, take your prioritized lists and assign time frames for each task. Then begin to schedule individual action steps into your calendar, according to the relative importance of each project and how time-sensitive it is.
It’s a good idea to have a plan laid out at least a week ahead, to get a better sense of the terrain. Also – and this is of utmost importance – be sure to use the Times Two Rule when setting up your plan. Tasks are most likely to take longer than expected. Build that into your schedule.
3. Plan to Pause
If your plan doesn’t include time for you, burnout is a possibility. So, don’t put yourself in the position where others’ stress and overwhelm blind you to your personal needs. Try creating small, personal “power sanctuaries”. Relax, recharge and rejuvenate yourself throughout your day using these short breaks.
These three steps build foresight and intentionality into your ambitions. You’ll enjoy more vitality and success, the more consistently you practice these tips. To make maximum use of them, think of ways you can start implementing these ideas today!© Copyright 2010 Paula Eder, Ph.D.