It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and not get work done (or all of it, at least). Prioritizing can be a struggle when there’s so much going on, but it’s definitely doable. It might take more effort and discipline than we’d like, but there are a few tips we can implement into our daily routines that’ll teach us to more effectively manage time.
1. Eliminate distractions
Probably the most difficult of the four, this can seem virtually impossible. We live in a sensory-overloaded world. Even when we try to isolate ourselves, we still have technology at our fingertips that allows us to access literally every piece of information that exists! With that said, it takes people with a lot of self-will to put themselves in an environment in which distractions are limited. Once you find this place, whether it’s a physical or mental space, concentration will be much more attainable.
2. Plan ahead
After having experienced our society for X amount of years, you know the hustle and bustle—it shouldn’t come as a surprise. This is why we have to take extra measures to call it out in advance. Deciding ahead of time what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it will make such a difference. But make sure you stick to the plan!
3. Say No
Also very difficult is reducing our enthusiasm for doing. Our “fomo” mindset keeps us constantly on the go (for those of you don’t know, “fomo” stands for “fear of missing out”), and often away from what we really need to get done. This isn’t to say that we shouldn’t get out and experience life—it’s to say that we need to know when to slow down. Balancing work and play can be tough, especially since playing is often much more enjoyable. However, once you learn to limit or schedule your extra-curriculars more appropriately, you’ll find that focusing on your work and achieveing your tasks will make way for even more fun.
4. Just Do It
And sometimes, when all else fails, we just have to suck it up. We’ve just gotta do it! Our assignments aren’t going to do themselves, and as long as we keep putting them off, they’re going to pile up. But you don’t need us to tell you that—you’ve been there before, and so have we. This is really just about changing our attitude and developing a healthier relationship with work. Once we start to view it as a necessary part of life and a route that leads us to what we ultimately want, our attitude will become much more productive.