Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults

Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults

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

Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults- Set A Schedule
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 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.

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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

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

Time Management Hacks For Busy Adults- 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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  1. February 1, 2018 / 9:21 AM

    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.

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:52 PM

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

  2. February 1, 2018 / 9:27 AM

    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.

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:51 PM

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

  3. February 1, 2018 / 9:28 AM

    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!

    • February 5, 2018 / 2:40 AM

      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.

      • February 5, 2018 / 9:38 AM

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

  4. February 1, 2018 / 10:00 AM

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

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:50 PM

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

  5. Jessica Taylor
    February 1, 2018 / 10:04 AM

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

  6. February 1, 2018 / 10:08 AM

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

  7. February 1, 2018 / 10:24 AM

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

  8. February 1, 2018 / 12:55 PM

    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’.

  9. February 1, 2018 / 6:18 PM

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

  10. February 1, 2018 / 9:02 PM

    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.

  11. February 1, 2018 / 11:18 PM

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

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:46 PM

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

  12. February 2, 2018 / 12:52 AM

    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.

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:45 PM

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

  13. February 2, 2018 / 1:52 AM

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

  14. February 2, 2018 / 3:19 AM

    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!

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:40 PM

      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

  15. February 2, 2018 / 6:27 AM

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

  16. February 2, 2018 / 7:09 AM

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

  17. February 2, 2018 / 8:08 AM

    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.

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:37 PM

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

  18. ally
    February 2, 2018 / 8:17 AM

    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!

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:36 PM

      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

  19. February 2, 2018 / 10:29 AM

    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.

  20. February 2, 2018 / 10:36 AM

    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.

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:34 PM

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

  21. February 2, 2018 / 3:43 PM

    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. ☺️

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:33 PM

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

  22. February 2, 2018 / 5:52 PM

    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!

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:33 PM

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

  23. Blanca N Valbuena
    February 2, 2018 / 6:52 PM

    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.

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:32 PM

      I completely understand. I’m the same way.

  24. February 2, 2018 / 10:42 PM

    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!

  25. February 2, 2018 / 10:57 PM

    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!!

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:30 PM

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

  26. February 2, 2018 / 10:57 PM

    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!

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:30 PM

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

  27. February 3, 2018 / 2:21 AM

    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.

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:28 PM

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

  28. February 3, 2018 / 7:41 AM

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

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:27 PM

      That’s an important lesson I learned early on.

  29. February 3, 2018 / 8:10 AM

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

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:26 PM

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

  30. February 3, 2018 / 9:09 AM

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

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:26 PM

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

  31. February 3, 2018 / 12:30 PM

    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

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:25 PM

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

  32. February 3, 2018 / 7:00 PM

    What a great article, thanks for sharing!

  33. Blanca Nelly
    February 3, 2018 / 9:01 PM

    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.

  34. February 3, 2018 / 10:32 PM

    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.

    • February 3, 2018 / 11:23 PM

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

  35. February 4, 2018 / 3:17 AM

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

  36. February 4, 2018 / 7:39 AM

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

  37. Rosey
    February 4, 2018 / 9:35 AM

    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.

    • February 5, 2018 / 10:30 AM

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

  38. February 4, 2018 / 10:01 AM

    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.

    • February 5, 2018 / 10:29 AM

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

  39. February 4, 2018 / 1:31 PM

    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.

    • February 5, 2018 / 10:27 AM

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

  40. Aashu
    February 4, 2018 / 2:41 PM

    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

    • February 5, 2018 / 10:25 AM

      You are so welcome. Thanks for the feedback.

  41. February 4, 2018 / 4:32 PM

    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.

    • February 4, 2018 / 7:07 PM

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

  42. February 4, 2018 / 9:03 PM

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

    • February 5, 2018 / 10:24 AM

      Thank you so much. All the best in college!

  43. February 4, 2018 / 10:48 PM

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

  44. Abby
    February 4, 2018 / 10:59 PM

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

  45. February 5, 2018 / 2:03 AM

    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.

    • February 5, 2018 / 10:15 AM

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

  46. February 5, 2018 / 4:15 AM

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

    • February 5, 2018 / 9:38 AM

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

  47. February 5, 2018 / 7:20 AM

    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!

    • February 5, 2018 / 9:37 AM

      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.

  48. February 5, 2018 / 7:37 AM

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

    • February 5, 2018 / 9:36 AM

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

  49. February 5, 2018 / 10:27 AM

    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.

    • February 5, 2018 / 10:35 AM

      I agree. It takes alot of effort and discipline.

  50. February 5, 2018 / 11:38 AM

    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.

  51. February 5, 2018 / 2:05 PM

    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.

  52. Ruth I.
    February 5, 2018 / 4:40 PM

    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.

    • February 11, 2018 / 7:07 PM

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

  53. February 5, 2018 / 4:41 PM

    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.

    • February 11, 2018 / 6:02 PM

      Yes, I think discipline is the hardest to master.

  54. February 5, 2018 / 7:16 PM

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

    • February 11, 2018 / 4:45 PM

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

  55. Jessica Taylor
    February 5, 2018 / 11:58 PM

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

  56. Kiwi
    February 5, 2018 / 11:59 PM

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

  57. February 6, 2018 / 4:53 AM

    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.

  58. February 6, 2018 / 12:05 PM

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

  59. February 7, 2018 / 4:48 AM

    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!

  60. February 7, 2018 / 9:59 PM

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

  61. MONNKA
    February 9, 2018 / 3:34 AM

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

    • February 9, 2018 / 10:14 AM

      Thank you. Scheduling really helps with any busy day

  62. February 12, 2018 / 11:41 PM

    Before I became a SAHM, I am a working mom. I agree on time management. Proper planning and time manangement makes our life easier.

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