Halloween is here and gone already. Christmas gear is popping up all over in stores. I am thinking about last years plans to tackle holiday shopping through the year, thinking about the home made gift ideas that I could have made ahead. But rather then panic, I turn to writing: ever a planner, I make a plan, make lists, one step at a time, and try to take it one day at a time (to quote a helpful 12 step recovery motto).
I was chatting with my good mama friend and neighbor recently, and said ” I need to make a list of my lists, before I can focus on any one task”. We laughed, and I still have not made a list of my lists, but here are some helpful ways to improve your time management this season!
- Allocate time for planning and organizing.
- Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
- Under-schedule your time: Leave time for the unexpected and for interruptions. When you estimate how long something will take, add on a third of that time.
- Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity (when is as important as what).
- Practice the art of selective neglect: Let go of less important tasks.
- Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
- Consider your biological prime time: At what time of day do you work best? Plan to do your most important work at that time.
- If you say yes to everything that comes your way, learn to say no.
- Ask for help and delegate.
- In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so you can focus on family or self care.
- Give yourself credit daily for all that you have accomplished!
Pick a couple of these suggestions that strike you, to ease your stress and enjoy Fall with out coming unhinged!