When I wrote Enchanted Silence, one of the most important skills I learned was managing my time. My schedule was packed and I knew I had to manage my time well in order to complete my novel.
I wanted to share some of these tips with you.
Prepare for Your Day or Week in Advance
When I know my week ahead is going to be busy, I take time the night before to make a list of what are the things I need to focus on and complete that week. It takes about fifteen to thirty minutes, but this time is well worth it because I am aware of what needs to be done and can make time for it.
Also, just knowing what needs to be done makes me feel reassured and relaxed.
Take Periodic Breaks
I make sure I take breaks through out the day whether I am at work or home. When I am eating lunch or dinner, I ensure I am not working and eating at the same time. The breaks you take should rejuvenate you. What’s the point of taking a break otherwise?
Tackle a Balance of Both Easy & Time-Consuming Tasks
People feel overwhelmed and drained when they do too many time-consuming tasks all at once. I strike a balance. I usually take care of the easy tasks in the mornings, so I am on a roll. Then, I tackle the more time-consuming ones. If possible, I only do two to three time-consuming tasks a week and leave the rest for another week.
Make Room for Socializing
Manage your time well so you are making progress, but it’s equally important to take out time to spend with your family and loved ones. A balanced life is key to feeling fulfilled.
How do you manage your time effectively? Do you have any tips? Please share with me in the comments.