Balance is key to a positive and productive life. Below are tips on how to stay on top of your workload.
- Set manageable goals each day.
Firstly, ask yourself why do I want this goal and what feeling do you hope to get from achieving it. Secondly, come up with a big, middle and small picture. Knowing the ultimate goal, the middle steps and the micro steps needed each day completes the picture. Lastly, plan like a quitter. I don’t think anyone thinks of themselves as quitters but doing so will improve your goal – a set process will increase your chances of success. Because unless you have a specific, written out plan to follow through on your goals that takes into account unexpected disruptions you are likely to fail.
- Be efficient with your time.
Efficient time management is about how well you do something, but effectiveness first considers whether you should be doing it at all!
Think about your day-to-day tasks. Are you focusing on results or activities? If you focus on activities, you may get to the end of the day and feel like you haven’t accomplished anything at all. Rather than focusing on checking things off or just trying to pass the time, think about the big picture results you’re aiming for. Below are tips to manage your time effectively:
- Set clear goals. Actively set your goals by deciding exactly what you want, when you want it by, and why you want it. Don’t be afraid to write out exactly what it is, down to the very last detail. Don’t just say you want a lot of money, say the exact amount of money you want, what specific date you want it by, and why you want it.
- Stay organised. You have to get organized if you want to properly manage your time. But how do you get organized? Well, first things first, you have to set your goals. Once you’ve set your goals, you have to organize them. What are your long-term goals? What are your short-term goals? Break your long-term goals down into milestones so that you have a target you’re aiming at each month, week, and day. When you know what you want to accomplish one year from now, you can easily break that down into monthly, weekly, and daily targets. Once you have your list of goals organized into milestones, then you know what you’re aiming for. When you wake up in the morning, you can have a better sense of purpose.
- Prioritise time. This prioritisation method has been around for more than 100 years and was the brainchild of productivity consultant and businessman Ivy Lee. But as well as being around the longest, his method is possibly also the simplest. Here’s what it entails:
- Finish your working day by making a list of the 6 most important things you have to achieve the next day.
- Rank the tasks in order of importance.
- The next day, start by concentrating on the most important task. Don’t do anything else until it’s finished. Then move on to the next important one.
- Keep going, and if there are any unfinished tasks at the end of the day, include them on your list of tasks for the following day.
- Repeat daily.
Destroy procrastination. When you start off a day without knowing what you need to achieve, you’ve lost the battle before you even got out of bed. You need a plan of attack for the day before you ever get up. That way, as soon as you wake up you know exactly what you need to do.