Since I started blogging, I have been struggling to find a balance between my blogging life and my “adulting” life. Some days I get really frustrated and just don’t know how I can do all of this. I remember freaking out one day when, after finishing work on my computer, I realized it was almost midnight and I had spent my entire day blogging. If you’re like me, don’t worry because things like this happen to the best of us. To help us both out, I have come up with a few time management hacks for busy adults. You might be at your wit’s end trying to become more organised, so don’t worry, I got you!
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight Eisenhower
Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults
1 Plan/ Set A Schedule
When you set a plan or schedule, you can use the time to really see what things in your day need to be done. You can also see if you have enough time within your day to do it all.
I have realized that it is true when they say that someone going to conquer life without a plan is set to fail and have learned that lesson many a time.
I recently started using the bullet journal downloadable (that I offer to all my subscribers free and you can find down below) as an organizer of sorts and it has been such a big help.
Using the organizer has been great for keeping track of my schedule throughout the day.
I’ve also recently created a separate daily planner exclusively for my subscribers and will be including said update in my monthly freebies.
2 Allot Time In Your Schedule
Planning out your day is great and in the midst of planning each hour or minute, we can easily forget about ourselves and our family.
This can be detrimental to your whole time management capabilities.
If you are constantly planning out tasks, meetings and paperwork but never put anytime in there for self-care then it is very easy to become frustrated and give up on doing any scheduling at all.
Time is precious, even more so when you’re busy like we are and every minute count. As you’re writing down your plans leave an hour or two blank.
This will be the time that you schedule in for self-care and family. Do not leave this out because I guarantee that the more you take care of you and your loved ones, the more useful and productive your days will become.
3 Discipline Yourself
Even though we are adults, and we have taught so many things in school about how to discipline ourselves and do as we set out to, this is still one of the hardest tasks for an adult to carry out.
Distractions are eminent and it is super easy to get distracted especially once you realize how much it is that you have to do.
When you discipline yourself on a daily basis, you begin to form a positive habit. This habit will help you to get things done in a more timely manner or even more efficiently.
Pretty soon you’ll realize how resourceful you are, how you no longer feel overwhelmed and see that your day goes by a lot more quickly.
4 Set A Daily Routine
One of the factors that has really helped me to crack my disorganization period was creating a daily routine. What helped me, even more, is when I really started sticking to it.
Studies have shown that human beings function better when things are done in a constant and organized manner. This is why schools and other educational institutions are set up the way they are.
There is a set routine where you know what each day will look like, what classes you’ll be taking, etc. This carries over to a personal schedule.
Take a few minutes and create a schedule for yourself. Include tasks such as waking up, before work activities and after work activities.
The more closely you follow your schedule and the longer you follow your schedule, it soon becomes apart of you and thus the easier each of your tasks becomes.
5 Prioritize Your Schedule
Having a planner and a schedule is great. But how do you know which tasks to complete and when? It can be as simple as you make it. I suggest you prioritize your schedule.
Try to figure out which tasks or appointments are more important or take greater resources and schedule them earlier or give them more time in your day.
There will also be those tasks which because of their nature, will be out of your control.
Do not fuss over them. Try to organize them as best as you can and leave them alone. There is no point in freaking out over those parts of your day that you cannot control.
Instead, spend your time focusing on those time slots that you can do with little to no effort and get them done.
6 Plan Outfits And Meals
This can seem like an insignificant part of time management and overall scheduling of your day. In reality, this is one of the most important time management hacks for busy adults.
What works for me, is planning a week’s worth of outfits. Sundays are when I normally do this, and I find that it works really well for my busy schedule and for me.
Picking out everything from tops to underwear really helps me to not have to think about them every morning like I used to.I also find that doing meal planning is a no stress way to not only manage your time but eat better on a whole. Click To Tweet
Meal planning, if you’re not aware of the term, involves you thinking ahead about meals and snacks for a set period of time, whether it be a week or a month.
It helps you to not have to think about every meal as they happen, thus keeping your schedule on track. With a meal plan, you are also able to properly budget and this can have a multitude of benefits.
7 Stop Procrastinating
Yes, you read it right. Stop procrastinating. I should add that you should stop trying to multi-task all the time and focus on one task. When I was younger, I used to think that I could do it all and at the same time.
This worked for a while but soon I started realizing that even though I was getting things done, they weren’t being done well at all.
It even got to the point where I was trying to get ten things done, took four hours and barely completed any task.
Please learn from my mistake. I know you think you are superman or wonder woman and that’s great because you probably are.
Even they focus on one thing at a time.
If you want to properly manage your time, instead of spending five hours or so doing a multitude of things, spend your time doing one thing at a time and you’ll find yourself being so much more productive even when you’re not even trying.
BONUS: Review Each Week
This is a bonus tip that really helps me to handle my time well. At the end of every week, I take a few minutes (which I have scheduled in) and I reflect.
I look at each day and try to figure out which days went well and which days did not. One of my main tasks is to figure out why.
What made Monday fantastic and Thursday so overwhelming? Is there anything that I can do to make things go more smoothly in the future?
If you take the time to do this reflection each week or even each month, you’ll start to see patterns. In a few days or weeks, you will start recognizing which tasks are better suited for mornings and which should be done after you’ve taken a nap.
You will even start to realize that some things are just better when they are done only on weekends.
It’s up to you, but I guarantee that if you take the time, you’ll start finding your rhythm and time management becomes second nature.
This is it for my list of time management hacks for busy adults. I hope that after reading all of these you’ll be better able to manage your time and have great, productive days where you don’t want to pull your hair out. Lol.
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Until next time. Peace, love and prayers.