Nowadays, it’s hard enough to live in this world of chaos without the constant pressure without feeling like you have to do 100 things in a day, whilst trying to change the world, on top of keeping a roof over your head, and food in your belly.
No one tells you how to deal it, they just expect you to figure it out. After a while you’re left thinking, “where did the time go?” or “how is it already a Thursday?” or “how the hell does time management work?” …. and queue the anxiety.
Time management is one of the hardest concepts to grasp, because you want to do everything now. As the picture mentions above, with 24 hours in a day, 8 of those hours are spent sleeping, that means we have 16 hours to kick the day’s butt. More often than none, that time will slip away.
Here are a couple time management tips to try out and stop the stressing:
1) Make Lists
Did you know writing things down allows you to connect with your mind? So when you’re freaking out about the day ahead of you, it’s because you’re trying to organize way too much in your head.
Ever heard of the expression “I bit off more than I could chew”? That goes with everyday life. Tackle your day in bite-sized chunks.
First: Organize your week. If your week starts on a Monday, then the Sunday before write down all the things you need to get done that week, and number them by level of importance (1 – the first task that needs to be done… and so on).
Second: From that list, you can use that to organize the rest of your week, day by day. Before you close your eyes at night and let the anxiety of tomorrow set in, refer to your weekly list, and see what tasks need to be done the next day.
Others like to use technology to organize their every day life, there are a couple of really cool apps you can download for free. lifehacker has a great list of Five Best To-Do List Managers – to add to the list, Evernote is a great app.
We only get a certain amount of hours a day to live our lives, so why use that energy and time thinking on all that you have to do rather, instead follow the famous slogan – Just Do It.
2) Meditation & Mindfulness
As cliche as it may sound, both mediation and mindfulness is life changing. Especially if you suffer from anxiety, stress or upsetting thoughts. Learning how to relax your mind is a priceless skill. It only takes a couple minutes a day to complete and you can do it anywhere.
Mindfulness means focusing on the present moment, without judgment. It’s an amazing mindset to apply to everything. It allows you to focus on the now, by letting go of the past and not focusing on the unforeseen future.
If you’re still not convinced that mindfulness meditation is the all mighty golden ticket for a better life, then read and weep.
- Reshapes your brain
- Allows you to ‘rest and digest’ part of your nervous system helping with stress management (via Headspace)
- Promotes creative and diverse thinking
- Strengthens your focus and self-control
- Increases your attention span
- Adds more hours to your day (DING DING DING — Sounds like a time management tip)
- Helps you sleep better – because that’s all what we want
- Improves your metabolism and curbs cravings
I could keep going, but I think I made my point with how amazing meditating is. If you’re a noob, then do not fear, it’s easy as doing near to nothing.
There are many apps that can help you kick start your stress free journey. Buddhify is a great option, and they even have an option to try it before you buy it. Or, try a couple YouTube videos to learn the basics.
3) Step Away from Technology
Recently there has been an abundance of research that’s surfaced around the negative effects of using your electronic devices before you fall asleep, and the first thing in the morning. It’s nothing new, but are you surprised?
We are consistently using out smartphones, tablets and laptops to connect, engage and read. It’s been proven that if you snuggle up with your phone, or with the TV on you are depriving yourself of sleep. Which leads to a HUGE amount of time wasting, by the way.
All those devices you use before bed give off a disruptive blue light that represses the production of melatonin in the brain. Melatonin is nicknamed the “sleep hormone”, that promotes healthy sleep patterns. However, there’s a little issue, it’s light sensitive. As soon as you get in to bed, switch off the lights and start winding down from the day, your brain starts to produce the “sleep hormone” that allows you to have a good nights rest. BUT the light emitted by your smartphone, laptop and/ or TV stops that wonderful hormone from manifesting.
How do you fix it? Make your bedroom/ bed a tech free zone. Try it for a week, just to test it out. There’s nothing to lose, you’ll only gain wonderful sleep. If you want to watch TV or scroll through Facebook, do it in an awake and alert environment. Then, when you go to bed, make it a sleep sanctuary.
All of this is easier said that done, but time management is a vital skill you should adopt, and practice. You can thank me later ;). Let me know your thoughts in the comment box below, or if you have anything time management tips you’d like to add.
Until next time, sayonara humans.