We are diving back into the last few time management tips to maximize the most important commodity we have T I M E.
List the Top 7 Things You Want To Accomplish Today: Every morning I list the top 7 things I HAVE to accomplish that day. These are non-negotiable items. Anything beyond that I get done is icing on the cake. I feel so accomplished when I'm checking off those 7 things off one at a time. Try it and let me know how it works for you.
Cell Phone Alerts: This one goes back to our first blog on time management which discusses using your calendar on your phone and time blocking. Use your calendar alerts to set reminders for meeting departures, conference calls, haircuts, reminders bills are due etc...When you place an appointment in your calendar you can choose how far in advance you want the alert to go off. I generally choose 30 minutes and then set a second reminder for 5 minutes before the start time of the event that way I've got plenty of time to get my butt in gear if I totally spaced out on an upcoming event.
Learn The Value of Saying NO: This is the why behind the what. If you don't say no you won't have time for many things like self-care, saying yes to the important things and you will end up stressed and burnt out. Every time you say no to something that isn't important you are saying YES to something greater. Value yourself enough to say no. Friends let me tell you this was the hardest lesson I had to learn. I was afraid to say no to projects because I needed the money, I would say yes because I was scared to hurt someone's feelings or that I would be viewed a certain way for not doing something. Now I feel so much freedom and control by saying that one little word. Say it with me...NO.
Turn off Your Alerts To Social Media: Turn off your social media alerts so you're not being distracted all day by a the new IG post, DM, Facebook message or Linkedin alert. This will keep you from being tempted to check that little red dot constantly throughout the day.
I hope these last 4 tips will continue to save you time and give you freedom in your day to day life. Let me know if you try any of these and how they worked for you.
A couple of great books on the time management topic are: