I’m writing this article mostly because boy, could I waste less time while trying to work on the internet. Technology, man. It gives and it takes away – like, it sucks more of your life away than Count Rugan dreamed was possible.
Let’s not waste anymore and get on with it, shall we?
#10. Get enough sleep
I know, it can be easier said than done to press pause on Netflix, but time management really begins with having a fresh, rested body first thing in the morning.
#9. Beware of the time suck
Facebook. Television. Cable News. Podcasts. We all have our secret vices, the things that end up stealing more time from our day than anything else. The easiest way to make sure they don’t derail your productivity is to recognize yours and avoid starting/opening it at all.
#8. Put time in your planner for planning
Carve out 10-15 minutes per day to make a to-do list, bullet journal, or whatever works for you so that you’re ready to tackle whatever needs to be done.
#7. Use the alarms on your phone
Alarms will jolt you out of whatever you’re focused on and remind you that it’s time to move on to something else. Bonus tip: listen to them!
#6. Schedule yourself free time
No one can work every waking hour of every day. Make sure you’re giving yourself time to stare off into space, check out a movie, or take a walk – you’ll end up being more productive because of the break.
#5. Break your goals into chunks
Instead of thinking “I need to get ready for work,” start with “I need to brush my teeth” and then move onto “I need to get dressed,” and so on.
#4. Assume a worst-case scenario
If there is somewhere you absolutely have to be on time, like an airport or a meeting, think through the worst-case scenario when deciding when to leave. If you account for things like potential traffic or your outfit not coming together just right, you’re more likely to have the extra time that can help you relax.
#3. Focus on a specific time
Instead of thinking “I need to leave for work at 8:30,” retrain your brain to think about 8:00 as your deadline instead.
#2. Mix up your alarms
If you’ve been using the same generic tone for everything, your brain might be getting to the point where it can tune it out as something unimportant. Try picking a different sound or song for differing tasks, or just a new sound to help jar you out of your complacency.
#1. Adjust your clock
Some people set all of the clocks in their house ahead, but in the age of cellphones, this doesn’t work quite as well. Another trick to try: switch the clocks in your house to the kind that actually tick. There’s something about watching the time literally tick away that can spur you into action.