Whether you are employed, a student, a homemaker, where do your priorities lie? Do you find yourself running through the week wishing for the weekend as that is the only time you can relax? Maybe you don’t even have much of the weekend to do that either. Or do you put things off all the time and then end up rushing to get things done. Do you have to compromise on quality? Or cancel things that were planned way in advance because you haven’t managed your time well?
These 3 tips will help you manage your time more effectively.
- Ask the question: Why am I choosing to do this right now?-Is it a sense of obligation? Fulled by expectations of others? Or is it because it is something you really want to do and enjoy doing? Check in with yourself about whether or not what you are doing needs to be done right now or if it can wait.
- Ask the question: What are you missing out on by doing this right now?– Are you sacrificing something else that is is more important, more essential? Can what you are doing wait?
- Write a list of pros and cons of carrying out the task right there and then. But don’t this from a short term perspective. We can easily justify or excuse our behaviour in terms of how we are feeling or what others maybe be thinking if we base it in the here and now. But what about in the future? A weeks time, 2 months, a year. Is choosing to do something now going to help you in the future?
‘There is no such thing as work-life balance. There are work-life choices and you make them, and they have consequences’ – Jack Welch