Time is what we want the most, but what we use the worst. –William Penn
If I had a dime for the number of times I said “If I just had more time,” or “There aren’t enough hours in the day,” I’d be able to buy that Google Tablet I’ve been wanting for a while now.
Truth is, I’m a procrastinator. I am notorious for waiting until the last possible minute to get things done. I’ve been that way since elementary school and it isn’t likely that I’ll change now. But that won’t stop me from trying to manage my time or trying to fit too many things into my schedule.
I hear people say all the time, “Live life to the fullest.” What I think they really mean by that is “Use your time to the fullest.” If we can just manage to spend our time doing all those things we’ve always wanted to do or plan to do instead of sitting around flipping through channels on the TV or wasting time at work, we could all be living life to the fullest. Problem is, it’s easy to say we’re going to manage our time better, but much harder to put those words into action and actually do them.
For me, it’s finding the time to write each day. Each morning I say I’m going to write, but I don’t always do it. So I’ve done some thinking, and I’d like to share the three things that help me most when managing my time.
1. Shut off email and log off of the internet if possible.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I will obsessively check my email if it’s open, and if I’m on the internet and at a slow spot while I’m writing, I will log into Pinterest for a “few minutes” to “get some inspiration.” Two hours later, I’ve repinned 46 pins, liked 15 photos and watched 4 videos, but I haven’t gotten any writing done. So my first bit of advice: Get off the internet! (right after you read and like my blog post, of course.)
2. Make to-do lists.
I am one of those people that needs to write things down. The minute I don’t write something down if the minute I forget to do it later. It helps me to write everything I need to get done down on paper and posted somewhere where I can see it and cross things off as I go. That also helps me with a sense of accomplishment as well. I always feel good about crossing something off my list.
When I make my to-do list, I always star the things I need to get done first. I know going into the day that it isn’t always possible to get everything done, so I need to prioritize and make sure I’m getting the things that have a shorter deadline or are more urgent done before the things that could wait a day or two.
Those are the three things that have helped me the most. I hope they’ll be helpful to you too. Do you have any other neat tricks or tips to help manage your time? Please feel free to share below!
I’ll wrap things up with one of my personal favorite quotes about time, taken from one of my favorite books, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: “All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to us.”
Thank you to Kate Ter Haar for the photo.