Hey babes! Reading this I’m sure you already have a lot on your plate. Whether that be in your personal life or business life, we’ve all got a lot going on all at once. Sometimes it seems unmanageable, but like most problems there is a solution. I, myself, get caught up with scatterbrain and the millions of things I’ve got going on seem like an office in disarray (and sometimes even on fire). I can help you figure out the best way to manage your time and multiple projects in your life.
1. Do One Thing At A Time– Never Half Ass A Bunch Of Things
We all fall victim to this, and that is from the focusing on too much all at once. How can you perform to the best of your ability when you’re only focusing on a specific goal half of the time. It’s definitely easier said than done but try to do things one at a time. This can improve the quality of the work being put out, you will be able to better gauge your time as well as the time that you need for specific things, and you’ll be less stressed. Doing too much all at once will cause you to burn out and you’ll lose focus a lot faster. Another problem that comes with doing too much at once is that you’re less likely to keep a strict schedule.
2. Stop Multitasking
Similar to #1 but still a little different. In the first tip I explain to not focus on too many projects at once. This is because perfecting something takes time and concentration. For this tip I’m talking about physically doing two things at the same time. Multitasking is not only scientifically proven to not work because it actually makes both tasks take a longer time to finish but it actually hinders your time management skills as well. Each task needs its own allotted time.
3. Actually Brainstorm and Plan
Remember when we would have writing prompts in grade school and your teacher asked you to brainstorm before writing? There was a reason for that. Planning adequately before pulling a plan together helps you do it in a timely manner. Brainstorming helps work out the kinks, details and things you’ll need before the plan is set into action. Once you finish brainstorming then go to the drawing board and start planning everything out. BE DETAILED. The more details you provide, the easier it will be. Also, take into account any set backs you might run into as you are planning and come up with quick solutions to those problems before the project is put into motion.
4. Set And Keep A Strict Schedule
If you’re posting on social media, your blog or even trying to get a paper done– set a schedule and meet your deadline before or on time EVERY TIME. It’s so easy to not hold yourself accountable for simple things and to let things slide but if you take responsibility, hold yourself accountable and stick to that schedule it’ll be easier for you in the longterm.
5. Stay Multiple Steps Ahead
If you have the ability to be ahead then take it. Let’s say your professor gave you syllabus– if there are assignments on there that can be done ahead of time or the planning for those assignments can be done ahead of time then do it. Playing the catch up game doesn’t work out for anyone but staying ahead of the curve does.
6. Don’t Fret Just Do
Once you start REALLY thinking about ALL of the things that need to get done that’s when you’ll get overwhelmed. Don’t dwell on it. As the French say “C’est La Vie” such is life. In life you will always have a laundry list of projects or things to do, if we start worrying about EVERYTHING that needs to be done in life, nothing would get done. Just do it, live through the motions and do your best everyday!
7. Don’t Make Excuses
Yes, of course life DOES get in the way and our projects are put on halt. That IS okay. We can’t be perfect 100% of the time or even 50% of the time. We are human. But you do know the difference (personally) if you’ve really got something going on that’s preventing you from doing what needs to get done and if you’re just making excuses for why you aren’t doing it. Know that difference– be able to detect when you’re making excuses and cut it out. If you’re able to get it done then just try your best to do it and don’t try to reason with yourself as to why you didn’t. If you have to come up with reasons why you missed the mark that day then wake up tomorrow trying 100x harder.
8. Stop Letting Distractions Distract You When You’re On Deadline
We all get distracted but try to limit these distractions when you’re trying to meet a deadline. It’ll take THAT much longer to get, whatever it is, done. Log out of Facebook, put away distracting desk decorations (desk games, things you fiddle with).
9. Set REALISTIC Goals For That Day and That Project
Set goals. If you have nothing you are striving towards your motivation will be lackluster and so will your end results. Be realistic about your goals as well, for the day AND for the project. Determine what you can do and then determine what your goals are.
10. Lastly, Be The Best You Can Be That Day
Trying your best might look different everyday. We are human beings and some days we can be in a rut, some days we could be working slow or it could be hard to get motivated. But as long as you are the best you can be THAT specific day, you can do anything!
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