How to manage your time: creating more hours in a day


Sometimes you might feel as though there are not enough hours in a day. So how can you juggle everything between your career, family and your life? Here are a few tips on how to.

Have a to-do list.
List down the things that you need to do. You can have multiple lists for home, work, or studies. This will help you to organize your life instead of having one big messy list.

Do your list in order of priority, the most important task being on top. Which is truly important? By prioritizing, you are ensuring that you are directing your effort to what that matters. You will be able to give your attention fully to the first task and once you completed that task, you will be able to breathe easier and move on to the next task.

Break down your task.
Once you have prioritized your task, you can now break down your large task into small tasks. For example if you have a big paper you have to write for your college, start breaking it down into small tasks such as review textbook for ideas, background search using the internet, brainstorming topics, choosing topics and making a decision. Smaller tasks are less overwhelming and give a direction to how you are going to focus your energy.

Set deadlines
Now that you have broken down your large task into smaller tasks, start by giving each small task a deadline. Perhaps day one you could, do your background search with the internet. Once you got all that down, day 2 go on to brainstorming and by day 3 you will have your topics ready and you can meet the professor. Try doing consistent work day by day. Little by little everyday goes a long way.

Go with the flow.
When do you work best? Are you a morning lark or a night owl? Plan your day accordingly and save your most difficult work for the time you are at your freshest.

Most importantly, remember to make each day count and don’t procrastinate. If you do delay the work you have today, you will suffer the consequences later when you are burning the midnight oil.

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