Have you ever wished the clock would stop ticking? Are you constantly forgetting everything in your life? Do you have trouble finding things?
If this sounds like you, don’t worry – you are like most of the human population! In fact, according to the American Demographics Society, Americans waste 9,000,000 hours per day searching for misplaced items.
In today’s world, it is hard to find time to manage time. However, it is well worth it when it is done. Time management is actually something you want to take slowly to do it right. Try this time management quiz to see where you stand.
How did you do? Now it is time to create goals to help yourself use your time wisely. Once you create a goal, you will be able to nip running late for appointments, forgetting stuff, and undue stress in the bud!
“Sounds wonderful, Dawn, but how do you do such a thing?” you ask.
Ideally, you should create long-term and short-term goals. Your long-term goal may be to organize your entire house while your short-term goal may be to organize the garage. It is important to have both types of goals because the short-term successes keep you positive. When you finish the garage, you will feel HAPPY! This boost of happiness is the kick you need to keep moving from room to room, and before you know it, your long-term goal will be complete!
To start your goal, try these simple organization and time management tips to gain more time in your day, eliminate stress, and save money.
1. Start small – If your life is extremely disorganized, don’t try to overcome it all at once! Maybe try organizing the top of your desk, and then tomorrow expand to the inside of your desk.
2. Put it away NOW – Done using something? Put it away right now, no exceptions. If you don’t put things back where they belong right away, a big mess can sneak up on you. One shirt on the floor may not seem like a big deal, but soon you won’t be able to see the floor!
3. Create habits – Try to make a routine for laundry, errands, finances, checking email, and well, pretty much everything. You can optimize your life if you know what you have to do and you know when you’re going to do it. Try writing these habits on a calendar.
4. Stay focused with to-do lists – Sticky notes are a man’s (and woman’s) best friend. I start my day with a list of tasks I want to complete, and this helps me stay focused. Plus, always prioritize and put the most important thing first on the to-do list to have done.
5. Wake up early – Don’t be a bed bum! Waking up early (say, 5-6 a.m.) improves your productivity and quality of life. I feel it’s because when you wake up early, your mindset is already set to continue the momentum proactively throughout the day.
6. Reduce the time you spend on chat programs – I realized having chat programs open at default resulted in a lot of wasted time. Try disabling the auto start-up option in the chat programs to keep yourself on task.
Imagine how great you will feel when you are organized. You will…
· Enjoy your family more
· Reduce your forgetfulness
· Find bonus hours in your day
· Locate your belongings quickly and easily
· Arrive early to appointments
Twenty-four hours a day may not be enough for the human population, but now you have an advantage – time management. By setting goals and using the tips given, you can conquer time and set your own watch, leading you to live a happier, more positive life!