When a client wants to get organized, I often start with these 7 key time management tips because everything revolves around their ability to control their time and calendar. These time tips will produce the balanced life they are looking for.
If a person is generally happy and content with their life, it means they have learned the skill of adding what’s good in their life and letting go of the energy drainers. It also means their time management practices turn the “have to’s” into “want to’s” by having enough positive activities and friends in their life to support the necessary activities they don’t relish.
To boost your time management skills today, I suggest the following 7 Key Time Management Tips to create the lifestyle you desire to keep the pace you function at your very best.
- Clean Up Your Calendar
List all the events, appointments, and due dates you have coming up. On Sunday evenings review the two weeks ahead and include updates. Now you’ve cleared your mind and you can trust your monthly calendar.
- Limit Your Evening Commitments to 2-4 Per Week
Balance the number of weeknights out (Monday – Thursday) to no more than two, especially if you have demanding day responsibilities. Limit the number of weekend nights out to one or two on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Say “No” When Things Are Out of Control
“My number one time principle is, ‘Say a loud “No” when things are out of control!” That means stop your anxiety and schedule time on your calendar to catch up on whatever you feel behind on: work, mail, finances, laundry, or kitchen cleanup. Nothing drains your energy faster than feeling stressed.
- Plan Weekly Personal Energizing Activities
What makes you happiest? Is your a weekly favorite TV series and popcorn, a massage, hiking, shopping, or decorating? Budget time and money for it. It will make your life run smoother because your endorphins kick in and you move along well when you have one weekly activity to look forward to.
- Become a Committed Calendar User that’s Easy to Work With
Women who use their calendars regularly are more productive and easier to work with. Why? Because they include everything in their life in one place and have a sense of which days of the week work best for certain activities. They know when to focus and have time to be flexible.
- Weekends are for Projects and Fun
Good time management skills include planning your weekends. You have 52 Saturdays to do projects at home, such as an hour of organizing paperwork or closet. Or as a big project like painting your bedroom or decorating your family room. After planning a project, plan a reward like a movie, friends for dinner, or reading a good novel.
- Downtime is Rejuvenating
Good time management skills include downtime that rejuvenates you. Downtime is not just sitting in front of the TV for hours, it’s about doing something fun without pressure and coming away feeling better about yourself and your life. Read a magazine or novel, sign up for something new, or shop for a new outfit.Once you learn to become a good Planner with your calendar, including both work and personal time, you’ll enjoy your days and accomplish more in a shorter amount of time.When you want to organize your life, the place to begin is your calendar, which creates the calm or chaos of the life you live now! Follow these tips and you’ll enjoy an Organized Lifestyle that’s easy, simple, and productive!