Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to spend less time stressed out and more time on things you enjoy? If so, you’re like many others! Some of the top ten New Year’s resolutions include spending more time with family and friends, fitting in fitness, learning something new and getting organized. What is the common denominator in those resolutions? You need more time!
Time management is something many people struggle with, and these painless tips can help both at home and in the leasing office:
Planning: Planning out your day can save you time by helping you stay on track. Create a to do list; a pen and notepad work just fine or try an app like Evernote to keep track of your daily activities. Review your list each morning and determine what your priorities are, and what, if possible, you can delegate to others.
Prioritize: Instead of checking your email first thing in the morning, or jumping into the newest project right away, tackle the most important thing first. If you’ve been putting off a big project, getting it completed will lift the pressure off your shoulders. If you have a project that you just can’t seem to get started on, try breaking it up into smaller, more manageable chunks of time.
Say No: Sometimes, you just have to say no. Consider your workload, schedule and sanity before saying yes to every project. Sometimes it is better to sit back and evaluate before jumping in headfirst.
Evaluate Your Time: Make a list of everything you do for every hour for one week. Then, evaluate what is taking up the majority of your time. If it’s something you don’t think is important, start making strides to change your habits!
Schedule Time with Yourself: Set up appointments with yourself that are designed to accomplish specific tasks. Putting a set beginning and ending point can help keep you focused. Make sure to stick with your appointments, or this tactic won’t work for long! Another tip is to schedule your time for tomorrow before you leave work today so you can hit the ground running in the morning.
What are your best time management tips? Share them in the comments below!