Time Management Tips

I know what you're thinking... 'why is she trying to tell us about time management, she didn't even manage to keep her blog running the past few months'. Well hear me out. I've always been absolutely terrible at time management and never really got anything done. However, over the past few months I have become incredibly busy and had to juggle a master's degree, a part time job, being part of a society committee and a social life, so I've started to become a lot better at time management! Here are a few things that I learned along the way:

Figure out when you're most productive
I'm not a morning person... I'm really not. But for some reason, I'm much more productive before lunch and after 8pm I get absolutely nothing done. So I've started getting up earlier to get things done in the morning, sometimes even before I go to work. This way I maximise the time I have and I already have a sense of accomplishment when I head off to work or uni, which makes me even more productive there.

Lump unpleasant tasks together
I know this might seem like a strange tip, because surely you'd want to reward yourself with a nicer task after completing an unpleasant one. But I find that once I'm on a roll with annoying tasks that I don't want to do, it's best to just keep going. I find this especially true with phone calls, because they're something I absolutely hate. Once you've finished all your unpleasant tasks, like paying your bills, calling up the HMRC to fix your tax code (something I've spent far too much time doing recently) and whatever else you may need to do, you can reward yourself with a YouTube binge.

Don't keep switching between tasks
This is something I'm definitely guilty of. I do a bit of one thing, then get distracted because I remember something else I need to do and decide to quickly do that. It disrupts my flow and in the end I get less done because I keep getting distracted by other things. When you have a task, do it completely before moving on to the next (unless it's a huge project, then break it up into smaller tasks). Which leads me on to...

Have a prioritised to do list
I love a good to do list, but when you write down absolutely everything you need to do it can be quite overwhelming and sometimes you spend a lot of time completing tasks that you don't actually need to do, just to tick off some things. I like to have a list that's split into two sections: things I need to do today ('Important shit') and things I need to do at some point that aren't as important ('Less important shit'). I try to get my important things done first and if I still have time at the end of the day then I can get a start on the less important things, but if I don't get them done I just transfer them to the next day and don't worry about it too much.

I hope some of these tips help you, let me know if you have any time management tips!

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