In the wake of the global pandemic, the importance of managing your time well has increased manifold, with household chores and personal responsibilities taking your time as well. There are more distractions than ever, and instead of a desk, you have couches or kitchen tables to work from. For millions of people who are not used to working from home, the transition can be stressful, and at times, infuriating too.
So how do you perfect your time management skill, when work, deadlines, essential errands, family, unwinding, all require equal attention? Through discipline and conscious efforts, you can master the art of time management and boost your productivity to finish more in less time.
Make a time table
There is a reason why we had time tables at school—they helped us dedicate equal amounts of time and attention to each activity. The same way time tables can help you organise your schedule efficiently and increase your productivity without making you feel exhausted or stressed at the end of the day. Prioritise your tasks based on their urgency and how much time they take. With dedicated time slots for each assignment, your focus will remain sharp and attention undivided.
Get enough sleep
When you make your time table, don’t forget to add sleep. Studies prove, those who get their full 8 hours of sleep at night, perform better at work than others. After all, it allows your mind to unwind and rejuvenate after a long and tiring day. Sleep is vital to perform well at any task you undertake. It lifts your mood, energises your body, helps you focus, and enhances your memory. Since a well-rested body directly contributes to your performance throughout the day, sleeping is the best way to increase your productivity.
Sleep is vital to perform well at any task you undertake.
Instill positive habits
Positive habits are important, but do we take the necessary measures to make them a part of our lives? If being productive is your goal, cultivating a positive habit is your map to reach that goal. Sleeping on time, waking up early, eating healthy meals, exercising—they are the keystones to remain productive everyday. Take conscious efforts to cultivate these habits. Many celebrated entrepreneurs credit their success to good habits like these that stayed with them.
Use technology to stay on track
While social media is infamous for creating distractions, there are apps, alarms, and calendars that improve productivity too. Reminders for not missing anything, easy to create and manage task list, apps to help you sleep and mediate—there is a tool for everything. There are collaboration tools as well that can cut your time spent on communication and sharing details with your colleagues into half.