At the start of every new year I usually have several calls from people who want to get more organised. Does this sound like a goal of yours? Personally I love the fact that this time of year people start talking about getting more organised. Everyone has good intentions at the beginning of the New Year and its great if you are able to not only set yourself up and be more organised but then maintain it as the year goes on. So do you want to start 2016 more organised?
One area of organisation is time and unfortunately this is not something we can buy more of so it is a matter of being organised and managing the time you do have. Here are 5 tips to start 2016 more organised and manage your time better in the new year:
- Create a daily schedule – know what you have and when. This is particularly important if you have a lot of different activities in your household. I know I would be lost without my trusty old paper diary. You might be more comfortable with an electronic diary and that is okay too as long as you are using something and not relying on your memory! There are plenty of options available and when you decide what to use make sure you put in all the important dates that you have scheduled already.
- Schedule time – Another tip is to schedule in your diary those tasks that you have been wanting to do but have yet to get around to. By putting them in you are more likely to commit to them.
- Get better at saying no – it is great when we offer to help and do things for others but sometimes at what cost. If you barely have enough time in the day now then this might be something you have to consider. If you find this hard to do then start small with family and friends by saying no to little things. Personally this has been a goal of mine for the past 12 months and I’m pleased to say I have one more volunteer project to complete then I’m having a break and focusing on myself, my family and business for awhile.
- Seek help from others – don’t try and do it all yourself. It is okay to delegate to others and if you have other family members maybe it is a good time to teach them or ask them to help. A simple one for me towards the end of 2015 was asking my husband to iron my sons school shirts as I was struggling to fit that in from time to time. My next goal on this front is to teach my son to do it himself – wish me luck!
- Schedule in some down time – Often we feel stressed about time or lack of it if we don’t ensure we take a break. It is important to schedule in time to relax so you can reset and focus once in awhile. For me I like to ensure I get to the gym 3-4 times a week and it is one of my non-negotiable things as it helps me to stay on top even when I am really busy.
What are some ways that help you stay on top of your time? Do you think any of these might assist you?
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