Let’s face it, when you have a hectic career, a few hobbies and a family – trying to stay on top of it all seems near impossible. In fact, when you have deadlines creeping up and schedules pilling up, it seem like chaos is right around the corner.
When that happens, things that used to be important often take a backseat. Our hacks can help you keep your crazy schedule on track and are easy enough to make them part of your new routine.
Start your day with a boost
This seems like an obvious one, but how many of us skip breakfast for those extra five minutes in bed? Yet, a nutritious meal can kick-start your metabolism and give a much needed energy boost to get things done at work or school. These are just a few reasons why breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day.
Another approach is to prepare your meals the night before. This will save you more time than you might think and enable you to enjoy your morning brew a bit longer, since you’ve already done all of the prep work.
Get your sleep:
Even the smallest loss of sleep can have a substantial impact on your mood, concentration and energy levels. Most adults need anywhere between 7 to 9 hours of sleep to function at their best, so you should never sacrifice your health over something that can wait until the next morning. If that’s impossible, try to squeeze in a power nap or a break in between your tasks. The good news is, once you address your sleep problems or just simply add an extra hour of sleep each night, your productivity will go up.
Decline inessential tasks
We live in a ‘yes’ culture, where we are all compelled to say yes to everything that comes our way. To combat this problem, you must not fear ‘the no’ and understand your own goals. This way, you can take on the opportunities that most reflect your goals. Be honest and direct when it comes to declining an offer, leaving no room for persuasion. Once it’s done, build that free time into your schedule for those exciting opportunities you have otherwise missed out on.
Invest in yourself
If you are always rushing around, it can be difficult to even imagine having a spare minute to yourself. Even if your day is packed with meetings and other commitments, always try to leave five minutes in your schedule for a quick walk. In time this will then turn into a 30-minute workout and, ultimately, a lifestyle change. Whether it’s yoga, jogging or weight lifting, the real deal is to pick an activity that’s enjoyable and fits well into your schedule.
Have a plan
There is no such a thing as the golden rules of time management, but planning ahead might be the closest we can get to it. Each night, make a list of tasks you need to accomplish the following day and keep a close track of your progress. As you work your way through the list, you are less likely to forget about ‘what’s next’ and the feeling of accomplished tasks with help you to get through the busy day.