By: Molly Walsh, KC Pröjects Fall 2018 Intern
Do you ever feel like the years are short but the days are long? Just wondering, because honestly, I can’t relate. There are never enough hours in the day to truly accomplish everything on the trusty to-do list that guides your every life decision. Although it may be true that we have as many hours in the day as Beyonce, we do not have a whole team of people taking care of most of our responsibilities like she does (no shade, B, still love ya).
So what are we going to do about this? How can we really get our work done efficiently without going a little bit crazy? I’m not perfect, nor am I an expert, but on my very best days I use these tips and tricks to get everything taken care of from assignments to laundry. No matter what is on your to-do list, try out one (or all) of these tips, and see if they make a difference!
Take advantage of apps when you can.
Believe it or not there is probably an app for whatever day-to-day chores you need to get done. If you need to get groceries today, then try getting them delivered! I personally love Publix grocery delivery, and they get everything on your grocery list to your door within an hour! It takes me at least two hours to go to the store, pick what I need, load it in my car and drive home in traffic. I also use aa app to get my dry-cleaning picked up and dropped off so I can avoid spending time going to a physical location. Those hours spent going to and from places are precious time I could have spent checking the emails that have piled up. Apps really can be life-savers!
Designate a work environment.
Whether you are a business professional or a student, if you are not working out of an office today, then designate a part of your house that is for work ONLY. If you try to work from the bed or the couch, your brain will associate that setting with relaxing, and you probably won’t get motivated to get things done. This can lead to hours of wasted time browsing the internet, spacing out or even sleeping. Put any distractions across the room, find a space with a big surface and a spot you can sit up straight so that your mind is ready to get focused and stay focused.
Narrow down your to-do list.
If you are anything like me, then you make yourself a long to-do list every morning. Usually only two or three things actually get done on the list and then I feel terrible about myself, because I didn’t get everything done. In reality, most of the things I aspire to do can wait until the weekend or later that night. Get honest with yourself and only write down things that actually matter. Prioritizing urgent tasks will allow you to get to them sooner and spend more daylight hours on the most important tasks so that they aren’t hanging over your head at the end of the day.
Timing is everything.
If you don’t have a planner then you need to get one NOW. Try using it to map out your day, prioritize your tasks and simplify your life. Here’s a tip: next to each meaningful task you have planned, write in brackets a realistic timeframe to get that item completed. That way if you book something for an hour, you will most likely work faster to avoid going over the time you allotted. The same goes for other activities that are outside of work, yet still important such as working out or visiting loved ones. Decide you will be there for a total of one or two hours, and then leave when that time is up, otherwise you may dilly-dally into tomorrow.
The truth is, none of us are perfect, and sometimes unexpected distractions come up or we just have an off day, but for the days when you feel ready to take on the world, these tips will help you get more out of your day so you can get more out of your life! Happy time-managing!