Where did the time go? We all hear this a lot, not to mention also saying it more often than we would like. Everybody lacks time. We search for a balance in between private life and work, but many times it seems that there is never enough time to get all we want. However, there are people who manage to fit more in a day, without having any magical powers.
Here are four methods to increase and optimize the management of our achievements during the work week, with little stress and even with having the weekend off.
1. The daily activity journal
This will help you realize how much time is required to do certain tasks versus your optimistic expectations. It will also help you see during which period of the day you are more productive (morning, afternoon or evening). The journal has to contain the daily activities by the hour. After using it for a few weeks, you will notice how helpful it can be for your personal development as well as for getting a real feeling of what is going on with your schedule and making the necessary corrections.
2. The weekly plan
Many of us are very familiar with the to-do lists which often prove to be not enough. The to-do list must be associated with periods and days. Otherwise, you might be confronted with deadline issues. How is the plan created? First of all, you need to be concentrating on your main competence, on what you want to spend most of the time doing. Any other things that are minor and in the way of you fulfilling your plan (such as meetings, emails, phone conversations) should be given a short amount of time. Nowadays working in a big organization has become more and more disorganized, the meetings take at least 20% of the time of the managers and the medium number of emails we receive each day is more than three times bigger than it was five years ago. Aside from the work schedule, make sure also to include other things that make you happy such as going to the movies, reading, visiting friends, going to concerts or engaging in sports activities.
3. The morning routine
All researches on the subject show that people have more will in the morning. Hence the ones who will wake up early will manage to do more with their time. Morning people have a proactive attitude, sleep better and are happier, at least this is what the studies show. Getting and following a morning routine such as running, meditation or other hobbies are important to keep up the motivation to achieve the long-term personal and professional objectives.
4. The weekend fun time
Who said we shouldn’t plan the fun time? The studies show that we are happier if we plan the free time and sadder if we just sit around not doing anything. The paradox is that Sundays can become the saddest day of the week because we spend it thinking about Monday. Planning the weekend fun time shouldn’t be strict, but just consider some events or places that are worth of our attention.
By using some of these methods or all of them, people can reach a balance, get better at setting priorities and achieve more in a shorter period. The “where did the time go?” question will never haunt you again.