A productive day relies heavily on your time management. Without proper or at least good time management techniques, your day can quickly and easily become not-so-productive. In order to help you improve your game and have a super productive day, I have collected my top 5 time management practices!
1. Use A Planner or Bullet Journal
Using a planner is one of the best ways to organize everything you need to do. When you’ve organized and prioritized your to-do’s you’ve immediately and significantly improved your time management. One of my favorite and arguably the most effective ways to manage your time via a planner is the bullet journal.
The bullet journal is a custom hand-made planner based on a dot system. You can learn more about the bullet journal dot system at BulletJournal.com. While a large majority of bullet journalers make their own planners customizing it to their needs, adding artwork, etc; there are options to have your bullet journal made for you. If you want to bullet journal but you aren’t sure how to or don’t think you have the time, you can order a completely custom bullet journal to be made for you at JihiElephant.com or check out this list of more custom bullet journal options.
Regardless of whether you opt to a store-made planner or a customized bullet journal, using a planner is one of the best ways to manage your time and stay productive.
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2. Check In With Your To-do List
Once you’ve established your planner, its time to actually use it. One way to use your planner for time management is to check in with it regularly. It’s one thing to have a planner, it’s another to use it effectively. I highly recommend checking in on your to-do list regularly.
There are two ways I recommend you check in. The first way is to check in weekly. Every Sunday (or whatever day ends your week) look at your upcoming week, add anything new, double check your to-do’s, and take mental note of important tasks. I highly recommend making the most important tasks stand out by highlighting or staring them.
If you have a more detailed or demanding to-do list, you should check in with your to-do list daily. This is my favorite way to manage my time and stay on task. Each evening look over your to-do list for the next few days and make sure you’ve got everything updated. You can also do this throughout the day if you’d like. Then, the following morning take a look at that day’s list. Take note of the most important tasks and do those first.
Checking in on your to-do list regularly is one of the most effective ways to use your planner to keep on task and stay productive. Sure you may forget to check in every now and then, but staying on top of everything you need to do and checking them off the list when you finish can increase your productivity immensely.
3. Get Enough Sleep
This might sound like a broken record to you, but getting enough sleep and taking care of your body can make or break your productivity. For instance, with a lack of adequate sleep, your brain isn’t functioning at its best. Because of this, you become more easily overwhelmed, exhausted, and lazy feeling. Thus, a lack of sleep can lead you to use your time less wisely, make more mistakes, and generally feeling more exhausted.
However, when you instead get adequate sleep you feel well-rested, focused, energized, and ready to work! It is for this reason that I recommend getting enough sleep as a time management practice to enhance productivity.
4. Take Breaks
No matter how well you think you can sit down and focus, no one is able to successfully focus on their work for the whole day without taking breaks. Breaks are essential to an effectively productive day.
According to OnlineSchools.org “pausing for a moment to relax and reboot is essential for achieving productivity, success, and a positive outlook on the future.” They found this to be especially true for those who spend long periods of time working or studying.
With all that being said, in order to have the most productive day, be sure you are planning to take breaks within your day!
5. Keep Your Workspace Organized
Whether you work from home or in an office, keeping your workspace organized is essential for time management. Not only should your space be organized, but it should be organized effectively. What does effective workspace organization mean though? It means that not only does everything have a place, but that place should also make sense. Items used frequently should be within reach and items used less frequently can be harder to get to.
Additionally, you might try labeling your storage containers and keeping paper items in a filing system with easy access. Keeping everything in its correct place can save you time searching for lost stuff as well as help keep you sane on a busy workday.
A productive day relies heavily on your time management. I hope that these 5 time management practices help you to improve your productivity! Let me know in the comments your favorite of these 5 practices!
Meet the Author
Hi! I’m Elizabeth from Jihi Elephant. I am a full-time graduate school student studying clinical mental health counseling. My ultimate goal is providing support for those who need it and want it. When I am not studying I enjoy taking care of my hundreds of houseplants.
As a full-time graduate school student, I am constantly in need of new organizational techniques, they save my life. Jihi Elephant is the outlet for sharing my new organizational, bullet journaling, and positive living discoveries and obsessions. If you want to check out more by me, follow my Instagram and Pinterest!