As entrepreneurs and professionals, work isn’t the only thing that keeps us busy. There are personal tasks and goals that we also need to attend to and accomplish on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This is why learning how to effectively manage and organize our personal schedule for our relationships and personal development is essential.
No matter how tight or flexible your schedule is, having good time management and organization skills can help you be more productive and live a less stressful life. Take a look at these useful tips on organizing your personal schedule so you can make the best use of your time:
Use a Scheduling Tool
Whether you’re tech-savvy or the traditional/classic type, a scheduling tool will always come in handy. You can use a good-old desk calendar, a planner, your phone calendar, or those easily-downloadable apps like Google Now and Doodle to set your personal schedule properly and maximize your effectiveness.
Make Your To-Do List
To effectively schedule your personal time, start by penciling in your tasks. Similar to goal setting, it is best if you have a visual reminder of the things that you need to do every day, every week, or every month. Identify the high-priority, as well as the trivial tasks.
You can break your day into blocks and write down your tasks in the morning, midday/afternoon, and evening. You can also mark your calendar for your appointments for a particular week or for the month.
Establish Available Time
Identify the time that you can or should make available for certain tasks. For example, you can schedule driving your kids to school at 7am before you go to work, grocery shopping every Wednesday at 6pm, or dinner date with your spouse/partner every other Friday. By establishing your available time, accomplishing your tasks will be easier and less stressful for you.
Stick to Your Schedule
Flexibility is a good thing, but it’s best if you stick to your schedule as much as possible. For example, if you have a full day and you suddenly get an invitation for a two-hour lunch, then it’s probably better if you say ‘no’ to the invite. Part of effective time management/organization skills is knowing when to accept or decline unexpected or unplanned events that can change your schedule.
Analyze and Test Drive Your Schedule
Do your scheduled tasks and allotted times match? How do you feel about your schedule? Assess how your routine or schedule is working for you. Make adjustments as necessary until you’re satisfied and you think that you’re using your time in the most effective way.
Creating and organizing a schedule in line with your personal goals and tasks is important. Doing this can be a bit challenging, but it will pay off in the end. Consider the tips we shared not just to develop better time management skills, but also to build a happier and more fulfilling personal life!
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