I’ve been thinking a lot about time management lately. We are all given the same 24 hours in a day, yet some folks seem to accomplish so much more in that time! Wouldn’t it be great to use Hermione Granger’s Time Turner to add a few hours to your day?
Since I don’t have a Time Turner, I started considering some tools to help with time management. It’s important to be mindful about the ways in which we spend our valuable time. It’s so easy to spend our days out of focus – where 2 minutes of checking Instagram can turn into 2 hours of mindlessly reading social media. Maybe these strategies will help you find more time in your day and be more mindful about how you spend that found time!
Laura Vanderkam’s book, “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” will likely lead you to set your alarm a little earlier each day. I like her philosophy of using early morning hours to build habits and set our days off on the right foot. Even if you’re not a morning person, adding 15 minutes to your morning routine can help you create a better habit. Maybe you’d use that time to scan your work email, meditate, read, stretch, or make a great breakfast.
Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Four Tendencies” and “Better than Before” among other books, is known for her time management philosophies. Her daily time log template allows you to track your time in 30-minute increments, with the goal of finding more purpose in your day. While that can seem like an intense adherence to time management, even a few days of tracking can help you identify some opportunities to improve how you spend your time. Maybe tracking your time will help you see that you’re spending more time than you’d like on social media or watching Netflix.
If a printed time log isn’t your thing but you’d still like to try tracking your time, check out the Hours Time Tracking app. It’s a great app that will remind you track your time throughout the day. I like that you can color code your tasks and edit them. I’ve used this app for a few weeks now and I like being able to look back at my day to see how I’ve spent my time.
What tips and tools to you use to manage your time more effectively? What might you do differently with your mornings this week to help manage your time better?