The days go by like a whirlwind. Evening comes and your head is spinning.
A simple way to manage your time efficiently is to create an action calendar.
Simply create an excel sheet with the 7 days of the week, then add all the hours of the day from the moment you wake up.
For starters, give yourself 20 minutes to shower and get dressed.
30 minutes to eat breakfast (NEVER SKIP THIS MEAL), it will give you energy for the entire day.
10 to 15 minutes to make your bed.
Here starts your actual day. Switch your phone on after you’re done.
Look at your meetings or chores and errands for the day. This is very doable if you stick to it. While meeting with a customer for instance, forget that you even own a phone. It can wait. Distractions like that only frazzle you and create unnecessary stress. There is nothing that cannot be handled 15 minutes or half an hour later.
Pick a specific time of day to listen to your messages and answer your emails.
Pick a specific day of each week to do grocery shopping, drive by your dry cleaners and clean your house.
Don’t arrange to do everything at once. Each day can handle one domestic errand, plus your work, or routine.
It took me years to realize that one can’t do everything in one day. We have made ourselves work so hard that we lose control of time. If we lose our drive and energy due to stress and disorganization, then we don’t live life. We simply go through the motions like a robot and we don’t succeed, simply because we try to tackle every possible task and fir it in 24 hours.
Make sure that you sleep 7-8 hours every night. Try to switch off phones, televisions and computers before you go to bed. Give yourself some time to wind down, relax and take any electronic device away from your bedroom. Such frequences only overload your already tired brain and this is the time that all the thoughts come rushing in, when you should dedicate the time to re-energize your body, spirit and brain to be able to do it all again the next day.
Put this strategy to the test for at least a month and finally it will come natural to you, you will begin each day energized, organized and at the end of each day you will feel that you have actually accomplished what you needed to.