How do you manage your time?

How do you manage your time?

Going into this year, I decided that I was wasted a lot of time last year! The sad thing is: I can't get that time back! I was sad enough about it to know something had to change.

Working with my coach, I looked at all the things I want and need to spend my time doing. This was helpful because it helped me prioritize what is important in my life and what deserves my time.

After I determined what was important, I wrote out a schedule on my calendar and assigned time slots, as if they were appointments (I did this for 6 hours of my day); these were my non-negotiables. That time will not be available to other, less important tasks. I realized there were things I needed to do but didn't want to do, so I avoided them and they never got done! They had to be scheduled.

It wasn't enough to plan out my weeks/month, but I then have to break down, daily, my most pressing things that need to be addressed on that day. I put them on my daily list; or schedule them in my calendar so I can work at them in a focused manner. You see, multitasking keeps us from being productive, we may feel more productive, but its an illusion. Neuroscientific research shows it decreases our productivity by 40%.

Choosing to do my most difficult tasks first is important because our brains are most efficient in the morning. By getting the difficult tasks out of the way, I am giving them my best.

What time-saving techniques have you discovered?