Not enough hours in the day? use your time wisely

Do you ever find yourself thinking that there are not enough hours in the day? Are you forever making todo lists but never getting to the bottom of them? Whilst we can’t grant you an extra couple of hours to get everything done, we can help you use your time more effectively. Check out our top tips below!

You can’t ask for more hours in the day but you can use your time more productively.

Schedule plans strategically

The best way to schedule plans in your calendar is to put important tasks first and less important or less demanding tasks when you have more time. Every time you add something to your calendar, you will need to consider your priorities, ensuring that important tasks get done first. Whilst auto-scheduling the same appointments for the same time every week may seem like less of a hassle, it may not make the best use of your time.

Don’t overbook yourself

Many professionals have a tendency to overbook themselves, resulting in them having to madly sprint from one meeting to the next. Let’s face it; whilst you may feel like you’re making use of every minute of your time, it’s not exactly the most professional or organised way to work.

Instead of having to turn up to your meetings in a fluster, give yourself a little time between your appointments. You can then use this time to review your last appointment and prepare for the next one. Simply block out ‘buffer space’ between your meetings to give yourself chance to breathe and re-organise yourself.

Reschedule any important events you cancel

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with cancelling a meeting or appointment, providing you give enough notice, it’s important not to forget to reschedule it. Say for example an important piece of work comes up that you need to prioritise above everything else on your calendar. It’s fine to cancel your meetings but make sure you either provide a time to reschedule there and then or set yourself a reminder to reschedule later in the week.

Your working schedule should not be so strict that you are never allowed to make changes to it but at the same time, you need to think that if an event was important enough to put on your calendar in the first place, then it’s worth organising time to reschedule it.

Remember to schedule regular breaks and downtime.

Take regular breaks

People often wrongly assume that they will be less productive if they take regular breaks but actually it’s the other way round. Taking regular breaks away from your work gives you chance to refresh your brain and go back to your work in a better frame of mind. It’s especially important to remember to take breaks if you work for yourself, as you won’t have someone standing over you telling you it’s time to step away from the computer!

Schedule downtime

Would you class yourself as a workaholic? If you hardly ever have time off and find it hard to switch off from work at the weekends, then unfortunately you’re on a downward spiral to being burnt out.

Believe it or not it’s not actually good for you to work all the time. It will not only affect the quality of your work and your health but your relationships too. Give yourself at least one day (preferably two) a week that is just for you. Whether you spend your downtime relaxing at home, going out with the family or doing exercise is completely up to you, as long as you are not working!

By taking time out of work to do other things, you will feel much more motivated and inspired to work. The more motivated and inspired you are, the better quality of work you will produce, so it’s a win-win situation!.

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