Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults

Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults

Being A Busy Adult

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, 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

 

1 Plan/ Set A Schedule

Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults- Set A Schedule

Make Plans

Making a plan is your best weapon when it comes to really getting a handle on time management.Click To Tweet When you set a plan or schedule, you can use the time to really see what in your day needs 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 

Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults Set A Daily Routine

Create 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 you 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 can really be 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 

Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults- Review Your Entire Schedule

Review Your Entire Schedule

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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Also, I’d love to know. Would you say that you have a great grasp of time management? Is there any area that you need help with? What are some of the ways you manage your time? Did any of them make the list? Please comment below. Please also like and share this post. I’d really appreciate your support on all my social media as well.

Until next time. Peace, love and prayers.

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Comments (118)

  • Laura @ Mommy Dearest 2 weeks ago Reply

    This is a great list. I realized shortly after I started blogging that I was in over my head without a schedule. I now like you schedule my time for blogging and outside obligations. I am still terrible at procrastination but I’m getting better. I too like to reflect at the end of the week and see what happened and why and think of ways I might have been able to change it.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s good to hear. I’m sure over time we’ll all have this blogging schedule down.

  • Karen Morse 2 weeks ago Reply

    There’s nothing better than to make sure that you have a well thought out schedule/routine and I think these tips work great when trying to balance everything. I can never survive without my schedule, I’ll be a total mess.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Oh no. I’m glad to hear that schedules have been helping you so much though.

  • Alison Rost 2 weeks ago Reply

    These are perfect! I try my best to manage my time well. I set up a good working schedule before the week starts and that’s what helps keep me on my toes!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thank you. Yes, schedules are life!!

    Toughcookiemommy 2 weeks ago Reply

    I also try to manage my time well. It can sometimes get a little complicated when you are juggling a full-time career and a family.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago

    Yes, it can be rough but I believe it’s still doable.

  • These are great tips. I live and breathe by a scheduled out planner. My problem though lies within discipline.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    I do admit that discipline takes time but it is definitely doable.

  • Jessica Taylor 2 weeks ago Reply

    My entire life is in a planner! setting a schedule is key.

  • Alan Abela-Wadge 2 weeks ago Reply

    This is so true. As a professional I agree with you on all these points. It makes life easier and more efficient. Well done.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thank you very much

  • Amber Myers 2 weeks ago Reply

    I am going to keep this in mind. I am working on better time management. I admit, I do procrastinate more than I should.

  • Erika Ramona 2 weeks ago Reply

    Boom, I’ve been hit seeing “STOP PROCRASTINATING.” Ha! Thank you for the reminders, these are very helpful tips and I really need this in my so called ‘adulting life’.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    You’re very welcome.

  • emmanuel damian 2 weeks ago Reply

    I usually Plan/ Set A Schedule for the week so that I won’t miss any deadlines. I’m very OC with timelines.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s good. Keep up the good work.

  • anshul 2 weeks ago Reply

    I agree that a daily routine brings a lot of changes to the lifestyle. Also a little bit of workout does a lot of improvements healthwise.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Oh yes. I totally agree

  • Patricia-Ann Que 2 weeks ago Reply

    great tips! for me having a plan and checklist ensure that i do not forget things and finish things on time!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    The same thing goes for me. No list no memory at times.

  • Sarah Bailey 2 weeks ago Reply

    These are some great tips to help with time management I have to admit I am awful at keeping track of what I shouldb e doing.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Don’t worry. So was I but if I can do it then you definitely can

  • Imogen @ I'M HIRED 2 weeks ago Reply

    Great tips, will definitely have to put these into practise!

  • Caitlin 2 weeks ago Reply

    Love your ideas! As a blogger, it’s hard to walk away from the computer. I have a 3-month old who is so adorable and VERY distracting, so I have to stop what I’m doing multiple times throughout the day. So I feel as if I’m not getting in as much time as I need, so I go longer. But after reading your post, I need to get better at sticking to a schedule. My blog will (hopefully) be there tomorrow, so I need to put down the keyboard and not neglect other areas of my life (including self-care)! Thanks for your great ideas!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    You are so welcome. I can only imagine how busy you can become but I think once you set a schedule it’s possible to stick to it and make it work

  • Kelly 2 weeks ago Reply

    I’m such a time management junkie! I spend ALL the time READING about managing it, ha! Thanks for the tips 🙂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Haha. You are welcome!!

  • Tosha Ornelas 2 weeks ago Reply

    This is a great reminder to have a routine schedule and make sure to have More productive days!

  • LavandaMichelle 2 weeks ago Reply

    Having a scheduled and routine filled week is on of the ways that my Family gets by. It helps keep everything at bay. Great tips, I love tip #7, it sets us back so far when we do.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    I’m happy that managing your time has been helping your family! All the best

  • ally 2 weeks ago Reply

    I have been struggling with this so much lately. We are in the middle of a long distance move, starting a new business and just life in general. I cannot wait to implement these to my daily life!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Oh wow. You have so much going on!! I hope that once you do, there will be more time for things to get done in your day

  • Sela 2 weeks ago Reply

    I totally understand how grueling it can be to try and fit everything into a busy schedule. It can be challenging at best. Your post is great and the information that you shared will be beneficial for me.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thank you so much sweetie

  • Andrea 2 weeks ago Reply

    I love routine and have a schedule and a to-do list and honestly, it keeps me not only sane and from getting everything done but also my mind more at ease.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Yes. Ease of mind is one of the huge perks!

  • KC Puentespina 2 weeks ago Reply

    I’ve decided to use a paper planner for 2018. And so far it’s been effective in helping me keep track of the things that needs to be done. ☺️

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s good to hear. I bet you’ll start getting so much done!!

  • Lisa 2 weeks ago Reply

    It’s incredible how much time blogging and everything that comes along with it takes (promotion, editing etc). So important to manage your time wisely and not get discouraged or distracted!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Yes! Trust me. I’m still learning about all of it

  • Blanca N Valbuena 2 weeks ago Reply

    I am all about having a schedule and tasks. IF I do not adhere to them, my entire week goes to…well…you know. It’s so important to be organized.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    I completely understand. I’m the same way.

  • Andrea 2 weeks ago Reply

    these are all great ideas, I feel like I can totally incorporate these tips and hacks into my daily routine to help me get more out of my day. Thanks!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    You are so welcome. I hope you do.

  • GiGi Eats 2 weeks ago Reply

    I wake up really early every morning because I love to accomplish things before the rest of the city is awake! That’s my time management trick that works for me! I am typically done with my to-do list around 2pm, and then I can breath and relax! 😉 Also, I would feel SO INSANELY LOST if I didn’t have my TO-DO LISTS!!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Wow. You are all kinds of amazing. Go girl!!

  • Kayleigh 2 weeks ago Reply

    Being a new mom, and nurse, time management is SO important to me in both my family and work lives. And sometimes we get so overwhelmed with things that need to be done, it’s difficult to remember where to start. Prioritization is definitely key in my world!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Congratulations on the new baby!! I know it can be hard but it’s great that you prioritize

  • Liz Mays 2 weeks ago Reply

    You definitely have some good strategies for working efficiently. I do find myself needing to get back on track now and then and planning, scheduling and a consistent routine help a lot.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s good to hear. I hope as you go along you really develop your own routine

  • hussayn 2 weeks ago Reply

    When you discipline yourself on a daily basis, you begin to form a positive habit.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s an important lesson I learned early on.

  • Becca 2 weeks ago Reply

    Great tips, I’m definitely a procrastinator and it’s something I really need to change!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thanks. I wish you the best and hope it gets better.

  • Angela Milnes 2 weeks ago Reply

    I definitely have to plan ahead and prioritize things. It can get overwhelming and a mess if I don’t!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Trust me. Life without any plan at all is definitely a mess

  • Kate 2 weeks ago Reply

    I love all of these tips! I actually did a really similar one on my blog a while ago, haha! I especially love the point about stopping procrastinating and not multitasking-that’s my biggest weakness! I also love reviewing my schedule at the end of each week, it makes me feel so much more grounded! Great post lovely xx

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thank you so much. I find that those two things were the hardest for me to stop doing but it’s worth it

  • Miah 2 weeks ago Reply

    What a great article, thanks for sharing!

  • Blanca Nelly 2 weeks ago Reply

    Setting schedules is so important. Especially now that there are so many things viying for our attention. Thank you for reminding me that I need to create mine for the week.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    You are so welcome. Good luck this week

  • Andrea 2 weeks ago Reply

    I put my gym clothes out at night so that I work out the first thing in the morning. I also like to have clothes out on busy days so I don’t have to think about it too much. It really makes a difference.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s so great to hear. I do that with my hula outfits as well. Saves so much time

  • andrea 2 weeks ago Reply

    I hear you when you say STOP procrastinating! One of my biggest hurdles but getting better:)

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Good. I am happy to hear that you are 🙂

  • Suzanne 2 weeks ago Reply

    I agree with the discipline. It’s so important to be able to get things done, no matter what’s going on.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Yes it is. Thanks.

  • Rosey 2 weeks ago Reply

    I used to spend a LONG time on the blog. Now I don’t, and I’m fine. It took awhile to get to that place though. 😉 I like your tips, especially the one not to procrastinate.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thank you. Blogging is fun but it can seriously be time consuming if we’re not careful to schedule our time.

  • fashion-mommy 2 weeks ago Reply

    Time management is something I really need to look into, there are never enough hours in the day, yet I still manage to waste precious time.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Trust me. Once you start employing time management, you will see the benefits of it.

  • Sudipta 2 weeks ago Reply

    Agree with you totally. It’s all about planning and prioritizing. Discipline is key here. I am a full-time business journalist and write short stories in my blog, have just about worked out the schedule for both.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s great. I always advocate that planning and prioritizing are keys to successful planning.

  • Aashu 2 weeks ago Reply

    These are some really great tips penned together in a perfect way. In my my profession it is so essential to have every aspect sorted out!
    Thanks for sharing

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    You are so welcome. Thanks for the feedback.

  • David Elliott 2 weeks ago Reply

    I think the hardest part is the desire to do more and keep giving more and the realization that I can’t do it all. I can write all the schedules I want and attempt to stick to them, but it really comes down to having a realistic expectation of my ability to accomplish tasks and then prioritize which ones need to be done first.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Yes I find that doing things that are within your means is crucial. There is no point in overextending yourself and becoming overwhelmed.

  • Miah 2 weeks ago Reply

    I love the hacks mentioned in this post. I’m a college student so these definitely come in handy!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thank you so much. All the best in college!

  • Danielle Fox 2 weeks ago Reply

    routine and planning are key. I love having my meals planned out – it makes life so much easier with 2 small kids

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s so great to hear.

  • Abby 2 weeks ago Reply

    Great article on time management! I like all the points you put together and the bonus tip was awesome!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thank you!

  • Toughcookiemommy 2 weeks ago Reply

    As a busy Working Mom, I can totally vouch for having to prioritize your time as being really important to having time management. It is something that I often struggle with.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Wow. I know it can be difficult but I am happy that you at least have somewhat of a handle on things.

  • Angela Milnes 2 weeks ago Reply

    I have found that making a schedule has really helped me. I get up nice and early now too.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That’s great. Keep making great use of your time!

  • Laura Dove 2 weeks ago Reply

    Stop procrastinating – YES!! This is the reason I am behind with everything, I am just so disorganised and so easily distracted too! I need to FOCUS!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    I wish you luck with your procrastination. The first step involves realizing that there’s something wrong. Now all you need to do is to make deliberate steps to change your attitude.

  • Suzanne Spiegoski 2 weeks ago Reply

    Managing time is imperative. If I didn’t do it, I don’t know where I would be today!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    I hear that. It is so important to know how to manage your time well.

  • Ingrid 2 weeks ago Reply

    I agree that it is a challenge to find a balance between blogging and your other responsibilities. Among the things that you mentioned that I will like to implement are: plan a schedule, allot time and be disciplined. I am also trying to blog every other day but I need to put in place more detailed planning beyond this token gesture.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    I agree. It takes alot of effort and discipline.

  • Melanie Frost 2 weeks ago Reply

    These are excellent tips for time management. The hardest one to overcome is procrastination. But as long as you can get yourself disciplined, the rest seems to fall into place.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    That is so true.

  • Vidya Sudarsan 2 weeks ago Reply

    Great tips! I am trying to follow some of these tips esp prioritizing my schedule and following a routine. It’s helping me a lot.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 6 days ago Reply

    That is so good to hear.

  • Ruth I. 2 weeks ago Reply

    I totally agree with all of this. I have always been guilty of procrastinating and being lack of self discipline. And as for me, my biggest distraction is when I get my hands on my phone. Then I realize, nothing’s done.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 6 days ago Reply

    I am glad that you have realized your problem and are working towards making it better.

  • Anosa Malanga 2 weeks ago Reply

    I couldn’t agree more on this. I, myself have gone through this as well. Having a journal to put on your to-do list and knowing what to prioritise will definitely improve your time management. Most especially is having the right discipline.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 6 days ago Reply

    Yes, I think discipline is the hardest to master.

  • All blogroll 2 weeks ago Reply

    Thanks for the sharing with us your wonderful hacks. Time management is a particularly difficult task especially for parents.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 6 days ago Reply

    Yes it can be difficult with kids and so many other things going on. I do think it is doable though

  • Jessica Taylor 2 weeks ago Reply

    I would feel so lost without a planner! I love staying on schedule.

  • Kiwi 2 weeks ago Reply

    Im so busy I am working on vacation! Imagine traveling and still have to work…man the life of an adult!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 6 days ago Reply

    Yes adulting can be super hard at times.

  • David Elliott 2 weeks ago Reply

    These are all excellent steps to deal with time management issues. I think the hardest thing I have a problem with is when it comes to prioritizing things and which I need to do first and which later.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 6 days ago Reply

    Thanks so mcuh

  • Toyin 2 weeks ago Reply

    All of these points are so true, I will apply them to adjust my daily productivity.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 week ago Reply

    That is great

  • Wanda Lopez 2 weeks ago Reply

    Your post just touch something I am living to the fullest during this season in my life. Planning out my day, managing my time is what’s kept me sane lately and I couldn’t do half the things I do without it. Great post!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 2 weeks ago Reply

    Wow, I’m so happy to hear that.

  • emmanuel damian 1 week ago Reply

    I think the most important thing is discipline. We really need it to make sure we schedule all of our things properly.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 week ago Reply

    Yes, discipline is so important.

  • MONNKA 1 week ago Reply

    That sounds like a good organization!л I am also trying to schedule my time rationally.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 week ago Reply

    Thank you. Scheduling really helps with any busy day

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