Time Management Strategies To Bring Back Joy
It’s easy to fall into a trap where your professional responsibilities outweigh your personal preferences. It’s common to work hard to try to achieve a professional dream, only to discover that the rest of your life has passed you by. Happiness truly is a choice, which means you are daily making choices that will lead to happiness or despair. At the end of a career, many people look back and wished they had spent more time having fun with loved ones than stuck at the office.
The good news is that you don’t have to look back at life and only see regrets. With effective time management, you can accomplish all of your goals!
Where Are Your Priorities Right Now?
For many people, if you took a look at their priorities and compared them with the reality of life, there would be a great discrepancy in the “fun” section. Professional responsibilities often take up a good portion of life and thanks to the level of connectivity that we have today with smartphones, mobile internet, and high speed data, work often comes home and dominates life.
You must consciously set aside time for other priorities! If you need family time, then schedule it. Make time for it. If you need time for fun by yourself, then schedule it in. When you put time for these on your calendar, it’s much more difficult to simply set these priorities aside for work.
Don’t Force Yourself To Work
There are times when your creativity and drive can help you work all day at the highest of quality. There are other days when your greatest accomplishment will be to successfully get yourself dressed in the morning! Forcing yourself to work during the times when you just don’t have it will only result in a poor quality result. When you’re having an off day, and then take the day off if you can. Relax, get away from the stress for awhile, and your creativity will recharge.
Multi-Tasking Doesn’t Mean You Do Everything At Once
Though there are some “super-taskers” out there that can do forty things at once and always come out on top of every task, most people’s brains work one task at a time. For multi-tasking, that means setting priorities every day based on what needs to get done. When you focus on one task for a dedicated amount of time, you’ll get much more done than dividing your attention in multiple directions. Simply repeat throughout the day and you’ll be multi-tasking like a pro in no time at all!
Routines Are Important, So Stick With Them!
There are always going to be interruptions, but there are also always going to be places where you can establish an effective routine. If you plan between 4 to 5 hours per day as pure work time, then you’ll be able to adjust to this routine and focus much of your creative efforts during this period. This also allows you time to deal with distractions, emergencies, and everything else that can come up during the day and take you away from work.
With the right time priorities, you can make sure you’ve always got time for your loved ones and the things you love. Work doesn’t have to dominate your life… and that’s something many of us wish we’d have learned at a much younger age.