Time Management Tips and Trick

Use a to-do list.

Writing down your responsibilities has many benefits. A list not only ensures you don’t forget anything but helps to reduce your stress by allowing you to dump the burden of your mental checklist. 

Prioritize your tasks.

Focus on completing the most important, and the quickest tasks first. If you have a few “to-dos” that will only take five minutes, lead your day by crossing them off first for peace of mind and a sense of achievement. 

 

Break large tasks into small pieces.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you have a huge task before you. Breaking big tasks into small pieces or steps will help you get started, which is often the hardest part. 

 

Identify distractions.

Spend a few days recording how much time you spend on distractions such as social media or TV. Then, cut out the distractions you don’t truly enjoy, and schedule a time for the ones you do enjoy. Try setting an alarm, so you know when to get back to work.

 

Gain control and limit your distractions.

If you know you’re easily distracted, then set yourself up for success. Create clear boundaries between work and fun by putting up a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door, turning off your phone, or going to a coffee shop without a TV. Everyone is different and works differently—make the changes you need to focus.

 

Give yourself time between tasks.

Scheduling some buffer time will help to reduce your stress when things inevitably run long, or you need some space to process a substantial meeting. Aim to get to appointments early, so you’re not rushing and bring along a relaxing activity for waiting times. 

 

Done is better than perfect.

If you try to complete every task to perfection, some of your other responsibilities won’t get done at all. Focus on completing everything to an acceptable level, and then go back to improve upon your work if you have time.

Thank you to Therapist Aid for the great inspiration!