Six Effective Tips for Managing Your Time

Time Management is a key to reducing stress. We would all love more time and maybe there is a way - through managing our time better. It's that time of year that everything gets even more hectic as we all try to get as much done as possible before the silly season really kicks in. To help reduce the stress, here are some tips for managing your time more effectively.

1. Write things down

Start by writing down the things you have to do. As you put things down on paper or into your device, you are enabling yourself to process it and process the with  stress.

2. Prioritise

Now that you have everything written down, it’s time to prioritise every task into one of the following:

  • Important and urgent — Tasks that must be done. Do them right away.
  • Important but not urgent — Tasks that appear important, but upon closer examination aren’t. Decide when to do them.
  • Urgent but not important — Tasks that make the most “noise,” but when accomplished, have little or no lasting value. Delegate these if possible.
  • Not urgent and not important — Low-priority stuff that offer the illusion of “being busy.” Do them later.

3. Say 'no'

This is the most liberating way to manage your time - just say no. On every list, there is always something that you can say no to. It may be a meeting you don’t need to attend or a new client that is not worth the stress. Whatever it is, make the decision to say no and notice the relief you feel as soon as it you do.

4. Schedule everything

If you haven’t planned when you’re going to get things done and how long it’s going to take you, then how do you expect to get it done? Schedule your time to work in 40 minute blocks of time is known to be a good period for your concentration. Some tasks will take multiple 40 minute blocks which can be broken up by short breaks. Reviewing your schedule at the beginning and end of the day is a great way to check in to see what you have managed to get done and gives you peace of mind for what you need to get done in the day ahead.

5. Eliminate distractions

We live in a time where there are more distractions than ever. We all have multiple devices, alerts, notifications and messages to interrupt our valuable time. Just scrolling through social media feeds can take up a huge amount of time that we could be using more productively.

6. Take care of yourself

Making time to look after yourself has to be the top priority on any list because if you’re not looking after your mind and body, then you’re not going to be able to get much done at all. Drinking lots of water, eating healthy snacks and meals and getting the right amount of sleep are all crucial to being more productive.

For more tips on how to achieve more in your work and personal life, contact Mind Strength.


Dr Jodie LowingerComment