When it comes to time management, I like to think that I'm a productivity ninja. The reason for this is because I am very intentional with what I plan and what I do with my time. Time, you see, is a very valuable asset that most of us tend to underestimate. Time is far more valuable than money. You can always receive money from different avenues of life, but time is something you can never get back. Do not take time for granted my friends. Let me share a couple of ways I got into the routine of making the most of my time and how I implement it every day.
Create a checklist
Sit down and have a pen and paper handy and create a checklist. Avoid using an app for this step because it will only cause delays and distractions. You want to be focused and intentional when you're creating this list. Your checklist should be a list of all the things you need or want to get done. Essentially, it is a running list of everything that you've been putting off for weeks, months, or years.
Create a roadmap
Once you have the list created take no more than ten minutes to categorize each item by priority. This will create a roadmap to guide you with obtaining a clear direction to your ultimate goal. Identify whether each task is a high, medium, or low priority and list why each was tagged as such. Go back to your categories and use a highlighter to highlight each task that is marked as a high priority. Make a note of whether it will require subtasks. If it requires subtasks, use a separate page to map out all the items you will need to complete this task. When the main task item is complete, check it off our to-do list.
Place it on your calendar
This may not seem to be the most obvious thing to do when you're working on projects, especially large ones. However, after you have all your high priority items listed out, you will need to set deadlines for yourself. Once you have a deadline, work backward, and divvy out your tasks in that order. This is where I usually use an app to help keep me on track. But you can use a pen and paper for this as well. Just note that you will need to be looking at those tasks daily; otherwise, they will fall through the cracks. I have included an un-dated calendar for you to use that accompanies this post. Just scroll to the bottom to get your copy.
Utilize the Pomodoro technique
Once you have all your items set in place and you're ready to go, set a timer for 30 minutes of uninterrupted time and just GO! If your goal is to write a certain number of words, just set the timer and start writing. Grammar is not your concern at this point. What's important is getting your thoughts down and taking action. Do two sets of 30 minutes sessions followed by a 5-minute break. Repeat this cycle twice, and you will be amazed at how much more you'll get done.
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