Have you been daydreaming about the many unfinished tasks at home? Use these time management tips and stop daydreaming.
Whether your closets need organizing. Or you’ve put off writing or updating your will. You also know you need to create a budget. Wrapping your head around my time management tips can help you get things done.
Going to work keeps you busy and sometimes you get disorganized. You often wish you had the time to complete important tasks that kept getting shelved.
But where to find the extra time or energy between commuting and running errands? Good time management can keep you in the right mindset so you can move on from daydreaming to focus on the now.
The world got hit by a virus. You were thrust into a new “normal” of social distancing and working from home.
Yet you still find it hard to get things done. Because now the kids are in the mix. No school means you have to make sure they keep learning. And you have to continue to manage your household all while expected to be brilliant at your 9-5.
How do you navigate all this unplanned chaos? These time management tips can help.
Tip: In the past, I’ve used the extra time that I spent commuting to catch up on some of those important matters. Things that got shoved to the back burner while life happened. But sometimes extra time can be like extra money in your paycheck. It gets spent without you realizing it if you are not careful. I got some great time management tips from my results coach.
Tip: To keep track, create a plan on how to use your commute time.
You can take back the small window of time you used up while you drove or rode on public transport. Funny how that time doesn’t seem as long anymore, uh?
Tip: One way to do this is to wake up super early. My most productive time is 3:00 am. That may or may not work for you. Other people work late after everyone else has gone to bed. I did that during my early days of blogging. I was staying up until 2:00 or 3:00 am sometimes then getting up at 6:00 am to go to work. Mind you I did not have younger children. Bear in mind though that at some point I was forced to catch up on the sleep I’d missed. So priorities.
You will have to decide what works best for you.
Tip: Create a regular self-care routine by adopting stress-busting habits. Sort through and get rid of old documents. These are two of the tasks you can plan or complete during this time as well.
Tip: Since it’s Spring, you can also choose to get rid of items you no longer use. Donate unwanted clothes, etc. to charities such as Goodwill. This will help to meet the needs of the millions who have lost their jobs in the last month or so.
Whatever you decide, try to get at least three major tasks done before you go back to work. Sometimes, the act of getting even one or two things done will give you momentum. You may now find a way to plan and keep up with major tasks even when you go back to commuting.
This Tony Robbins post on time management explains the concept of No Extra Time (NET). This is a great article that shares ideas on how you can make use of the extra time you think you don’t have. His strategies may help if you have trouble managing your time effectively. Check out the video below as well.
Now you are on a roll. You can pat yourself on the back because you chose to remain positive. You chose to look for solutions at a time when you could have chosen to flail your hands in resignation.
And it‘s possible you prefer to hang out with your family and do only what’s necessary. But if not, you can succeed in using a devastating turn of events to make long term positive changes.
Listen to the latest episode of SoloMoms! Talk podcast on the player below: