Whether you’re working from home or just trying to have some kind of routine to accomplish your goals and stay productive, time management can be tricky when you have a lot of time because it’s much harder to manage it wisely and stay focused.
Also, in times of craziness like now, staying bust may help you get your mind off things.
That’s why in today’s post we’re going to give you 5 tips on how to manage your time when you have a lot of it.
- Where does your time go?
The first thing you need to do is find out what your time wasters are these days - do you spend more time on social media? do you sleep more? do you watch more TV? All of these things may be taking up a lot of your time without even noticing it.
- Define what being unproductive means to you
We all have a different point of view when it comes to managing our time, and if we’re on a mission to be productive - it’s important to know what we should avoid.
After figuring out what you’re currently doing with the spare time you have these days, you should decide which of these things are considered unproductive for you.
- Decide what your goals are and write them all down
There is an exercise that might help you figure out your goals. Take a piece of paper and try to write 10 sentences that start with: If I had more time, I would…
This is helpful because you can’t make excuses. Our number one excuse is that we don’t have time, so when we neutralize it, it’s easier to have a clear image of what our goals really are.
If you need help with it, you can use inspirational resources like watching TED talks or searching for biographies of people that inspire you.
- Create a routine
If there’s something we all lack these days, it’s a routine, and sometimes it can be tough to function without one. For some of us, it’s the only way to stay sane.
Try to fill your calendar with the things that make you happy and your goals from the previous step.
- Use a to-do list
Making a to-do list at the beginning of each day helps you focus on the things that you want to accomplish throughout the day. It can also be motivational to see what you have already achieved, and what remains.