I have a love/hate relationship with time management. Part of me knows that in order to be a responsible adult, I have to understand the art of managing my schedule. Hence why I bought a gazillion planners from Target, which to be honest, is the worst place that you can go too. If people think beauty gurus spend more money on make-up products than Target, I beg to differ. Well probably, not Canadians since Target does not exist there.
Anyway, I always feel accomplished when all my to-do lists are checked on my planner. Those moments makes me feel like my day has not been wasted; I contributed something good to myself or others. But here is the thing, sometimes to-do list creates a black hole in my head. It constraints me, it makes me feel like I am too structured, too “in-the-box”. And this is why I sometimes hate planning my day ahead. I want to be opened, vulnerable, and ready to take things as it is.
Ok enough of my rumblings, this post is about sharing my tips of how to stay on top of your scheduling game cause it is not fun, but it is mandatory to keep your life in check so here are we go:
- Make realistic plans
Yes, my friends, realistic plans are the key. Do not set high expectations on what you can accomplish on a day. I have been there and done that. Trust me, it sure made you feel good, but you will not have enough energy to start the next day. Consistency will lead to good productivity. Always add extra 30 minutes to everything you need to do. For example, I usually spend 2 hours on grocery shopping every two weeks, but I always block my day for 2:30 hours so that it won’t overlap my other task. This technique will leave you the room to breath, to enjoy the moments, rather than rushing off to finish the next task on your list. Not all tasks will be completed on time. We need to accept it, and be flexible of when to change it.
- Review your schedule the evening before
What is the point of writing on your planner if you never look at it again? Treat your planner (in whatever form it is) as your second mobile device, check it frequently. I highly recommend that you guys check it the night before so you can get a better understanding of how your day will look like. Depend on how much work you have for tomorrow, this can ruin your evening. I still encourage you to review it; we can not escape those tasks, either we have to do it now or later.
Ok, that is all I have for today, I hope these two key points can help some of you plan your schedule better. If you have a secretary who keep all your schedules, kudo to you. The rest of you, thank you for reading my post and have an awesome day.
Stay Blessed and Happy Wednesday