Mental Time Management Tips
Time management is something many of us struggle with. We often complain there are not enough hours in the day. We need 8 hours of sleep, we work for 8 hours give or take, and what do we do with the remaining 8 hours?
How are you spending or wasting time? Are there some time-consuming activities that are not producing fruit that you can cut out or cut down? For example, are you binge-watching t.v., & YouTube videos, aimlessly scrolling on social media for hours, or are you just stuck in your head? If so, then perhaps there is some time loss that you can redeem. The aim here is to have less stress, reach your goals, and increase productivity & efficiency.
1. I personally like to prioritize (what’s more important, time-consuming, or is due soon comes first), make lists, and plan what I need to do during the beginning of the week. I've been making a schedule for myself since middle school. I jot down in my planner what I need to do each day. I set reminders on my phone for any meetings or appointments I have as soon as I receive the information so I do not forget.
Things might not get done on the exact day I planned them, but everything falls into place by the end of the week. I may even find myself ahead of schedule. Making lists, writing in a planner, and scheduling mean nothing when procrastination takes over in your mind. Keep reading for reasons we tend to procrastinate and how to overcome.
Stop Trying to be Perfect
2. Understand that everything does not have to be perfect. Do not take a long time to start a task because you want everything to be as flawless as possible. Once the task is actually started, a lot of time and energy has already been wasted. Mistakes will be made along the way but you can learn from them and improve. Remember, not everything is going to be perfect and it is okay to have flaws. Most things can be adjusted or corrected after the task is completed. The most important thing to actually get started. There is room for growth and improvements.
Faith Without Works is Dead
3. You can have all the faith in the world but it does not mean much if you are not doing anything with your faith. Faith without works is dead. Noah still had to build the ark even though he had faith. Do not spend time envisioning how to get from point A to point Z without doing the leg work in between. Time is being wasted because of a lack of commitment. You can have an end goal in mind, but you cannot get to the finish line unless you start running…and actually keep going.
3. Worrying too much can waste time because you are stuck in your head. You might want to attain a certain goal, but you are too afraid to actually go for it. You are hindered by the “what if’s”. Worrying is natural and it is good to make sure you have a stable plan but too much worrying blocks you from going for what you need to do. The key here is trust. If God told you to do something, you need to trust Him to take care of what you cannot do on your own. You cannot have control over every situation, but you can trust God with the outcome. Being reluctant, inflexible, and untrusting are major barriers to seeing change.
Last Minute, More Stress
4. Do not wait until the very last millisecond to do something. It’s like an adrenaline rush for some people. This is can be draining and you can make some major mistakes along the way. The end-result might not have the same quality had you just started when you were supposed to. This is a sure-fire way to put unnecessary stress on you. The moment you know a task needs to be done, prioritize time for it. Do not rush to do something at the last minute when you had time.
5. See the bigger picture of what you are doing. The small steps you take are as important to achieving the overall goal. Just like every single assignment counts towards getting that diploma. You might think you can skip over a few, but it can affect you in the long-run. Step outside of yourself and remember the long-term assignment of what you are trying to accomplish.
6. Do what pleases God not others. Sometimes I get stuck because I am too busy focusing on what others may think. Realize that not everyone is going to be on board and that is okay. You cannot please everyone. You can get so caught up in trying to please others that you can feel like you have too much to do in so little time. You may need to set limits and learn how to say "No". This leaves you more room to say "Yes" to what God has actually called you to do.
As you can see most of these time management skills start with your mind first. If your head isn't right then it can be difficult to even begin a task. Most of us would have the time to do what we need to do. If can be a factor of taking on too much, being too afraid to start, or trying to be perfect.
Examine where you spend most of your time on a daily basis and determine how you can better set yourself up for success.