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Those who know me very well are gasping in disbelief, because everyone knows I am a tad annoying when it comes to deadlines and schedules. I positively turn into the Incredible Hulk if people don’t reach on time, leave on time, submit assignments on time or basically do anything on time.
Over the last 6 months (yes, I officially completed 6 months at my job today!), I’ve been juggling a full-time work-from-home job, three blogs, housework, chores, social media, bringing up my daughter, getting sucked into the vortex of homework, exams, assignments and projects and just barely managing to squeeze in some time for exercise. Oh, I’ve also been working on my memoir! Whew, that sounds like a lot when you see it all together, right?
That picture below just about says what my brain must look like on any given day; not a pretty picture, you’ll admit.
What changed, you ask? Nothing whatsoever. I am still that green monster, but there’s a trick I’ve learnt which I am dying to share with you all, so here goes.
There was this beautiful quote I read somewhere and I am not sure who said it first:
You can’t manage time. You can only manage yourself. ~ Anonymous
Suddenly, my entire paradigm shifted. I had been trying to bend time to fit my schedule when it should have been the other way around. Why didn’t I see this earlier? Such an epiphany, isn’t it?
Knowing that I have an obsession with time, it only made sense that I turned this into something productive and to my advantage. I’ve got a thing for checklists, to-do lists, schedules, planning and detail. It’s what inspires my work ethic and my personal comfort. (It’s an entirely different matter that I drive people up the wall with my insistence on order, but that’s besides the point.)
So a few days ago, I sat down and physically wrote down the various things that go into a normal workday. Now, based on the work you do this can vary significantly, but just go with me on the principle.
My daily tasks include:
- Working on my book
- My job
- My blogs
- Social media presence for work
- Social media presence for myself
- Time with my daughter
- Reading a book
Here are 5 key tips that can help with managing your time
- Use a diary/planner to work out your important tasks for the day ahead.
- Keep your phone in another room when you are working/writing.
- Set a timer for social media and log off resolutely when the time is up.
- Do not look at any screens, phones or tablets, before bed. Read a book and let the body relax naturally. You’ll sleep better.
- Tell yourself that you cannot do it all on any given day. Let go of the guilt.
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