Your Time Management Sucks. Fix It

I’m sure it goes without saying that learning time management skills is the number one priority in anything and everything in your life. Whether it’s for your career or your personal life, knowing how to manage your time is crucial. When you were in school, you were taught that you shouldn’t do your homework at the last minute because you might not finish it in time and it’s the same with your life as well when you think about it. You need to be able to balance a lot of things in life, not just for the sake of success but for the sake of your well-being as well. Let me break it down for you with a few scenarios.

1. Planning an event. 

It’s already stressful enough to think about a gazillion things at once but now you are tasked with planning an event for your company, a birthday, a wedding, and so on and so forth. How do you manage your time equally? Always start the tasks that would consume a lot of time first so that they get out of the way and you don’t have stress about it. Manage your time by getting a checklist and sort it by urgency and once you’re done, immediately give it a tick with the date that it’s completed. It’s always better to be over prepared rather than under prepared. Make sure you finish checking everything at least a month before the actual event and again, a week before the event. Better be safe than sorry.

2. Meeting with friends and family.

I can understand that you’ve been drowning in work. It’s admirable that you’re hardworking but that doesn’t mean you should neglect the people in your life. A change of scenery helps lift your mood and be more productive at work. If your mind is constantly working without rest, you’ll end up making small mistakes because of how exhausted and tired you are from overworking. Spending time with friends and family should be encouraged so that you could rest and be surrounded with positive energy.

3. Communication is key. 

This is a big one and something that a lot of people tend to discard or neglect because they think they can handle it on their own. Although it’s good that you’re confident at what you do, there’s nothing wrong with admitting that you need help and people can’t help you if you don’t tell them. People aren’t mind readers; we won’t know you need help until you tell us. Don’t avoid the topic because you are too proud to ask for help. You need to be able to communicate with others which also helps to lessen any miscommunications within the team. 

There are a lot more examples, but these are just my own personal thoughts on the matter and it’s something that I think a lot of people tend to forget. I know how hard it is to manage time and balance everything without collapsing, especially if you’re working in an environment where you’re constantly on the go. Managing your time effectively also helps to reduce the stress that builds overtime. If you’re struggling on your own, reach out for help. If there’s a lot on your plate you can’t handle on your own, ask someone to help you.