Hey boss babes,
hey hard workin mamas,
hey gals with a side hustle,
I don’t know about you, but the new year always signifies a clean slate. A chance to try again. An opportunity to seize more opportunities.
And you know what, something that I definitely had some struggles with in 2018 was figuring out how to make the most out of my time without being completely overwhelmed. And you know what, I came across some surprising answers along my journey. A few of the ways that I thought I had been efficient in the past actually proved to not be the best use of my time.
2019 I’m implementing some changes to how I organize my schedule, how I work my workflows, and how I view my to-do lists.
I’m not shaming myself into thinking more is more, and you shouldn’t either, because sometimes that is just not true. Let’s all work a bit smarter and not harder!
2018 came and went, and something I always seem to want more of: TIME.
Sometimes (okay all the time) I wish I were like Hermione with her time turner. Able to get to squeeze a few more hours into each day.
Unfortunately for us muggles without the use of magic, we have to figure out other ways to make the most of our time. I’ve compiled a list of practical applications that will hopefully help you (and me) spend our time wisely in 2019.
1. Stop Multi-Tasking
Yes, you heard me. Something people have been telling you to get better at is actually just a bunch of malarky. It’s time to cut out the “multi-tasking” in your life. First of all, apparently nobody is actually good at it. You can read more about how multi-tasking is a lie HERE, but to sum it up; instead of trying to do two things at once, you should trying doing one thing at a time. Not only will you do your tasks better because you’re giving them your full attention, you will actually also do them faster than if you had been “multi-tasking.” How’s that for being mind blown?
So instead, try “batch tasking” where you do all of your similar like tasks together at a time.
If you’re a blogger, sit down and write all your for the week or even month in one day instead of as you go.
If you’re a stay at home mom, try having a laundry day instead of doing a bit each day and never feeling caught up.
If you’re a Etsy shop owner, try to complete as many orders as possible and batch sending them out (because shipping stuff takes longer than you think!).
If you’re trying to get into amazing shape (who isn’t amirite), batch cook your meals (meal prep)!
If you’re at work, stop staring at your emails all day long and answering them as they come, and answer them all at once!
Batch tasks into sections of your day or even batch whole days. Some people do batch weeks. Give it a try, I think you’ll like it! And you’ll feel like you just gained TIME.
2. Do What You Don’t Like…FIRST.
Yeah, this may sound like another weird one, but hear me out.
What’s that one thing you KNOW you have to do and really just dread having to do it? We all have things we just aren’t looking forward to doing (to sum up adulthood) and it ends up looming over us all day or even gets pushed to the next day without getting done because we just dread it so much thinking “well I guess that could wait til tomorrow…” Just me?
Well, try to get that thing you dislike out of the way first things first. That way the rest of your day will be smoother sailing with tasks you’ll more look forward to accomplishing on your to-do list. It won’t loom over your head and you’ll feel so much lighter and accomplished knowing that major task is crossed off your list.
3. Shorten Your To-Do List
“BUT I HAVE 30 THINGS ON MY TO DO LIST AND NEED TO GET THEM ALL DONE!”
I hear ya! I do to. But chances are, if you have a to-do list a mile long, you’ll be more stressed out, less productive, and more anxious. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Some practical ways to shorten your to-do list is to organize it by importance or due date. Only work on things that have to be done in a specific time frame first or the most important tasks.
Turn your massive tasks into smaller actionable steps, so you don’t feel so overwhelmed by the sheer size of it.
You’ve got the same amount of hours in the day as everyone else, and being stressed out all the time won’t help you get more time. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Bonus: Remember to Take Breaks
When I was in college, I remember I would study for HOURS for difficult tests, and you know what happened? After a certain point, I stopped retaining information. My brain was just fried. We can only do so much before our best effort just isn’t working anymore.
Step away from the screens. Take a short walk. Grab a snack. Meditate for 10 minutes. You’ll come back to your task refreshed and ready to get stuff done. It will help your productivity and your mental health. Which will give you more time and you’ll have a better time, too.
Instant downloadable productivity helpers
The 2019 Calendar Printable featuring Bonus Free Meal Planner + Grocery List is great way to get organized and start off the New Year on the right foot. The calendar is great for using at home or in the office. And best part? Print it at home, in the comfort of your pajama bottoms and work top for that videao call you’ll be having later today.
Print it as many times as you want or need.
I use one for my personal calendar events
one for my professional calendar and
one for scheduling social media and blog posts
I’ve created a printable 2019 Calendar along with a little bonus meal planner and grocery list to help you plan and get the most out of your time for the year. If you’re interested in grabbing this planner, you can click below.