5 Time Management Tips to Help You Be More Energized
AUTHOR Rashelle Isip / CATEGORY Time Management / PUBLISHED: SEP-30-2019
There’s no denying time management tips can help you better manage your schedule. But have you ever considered how these tips can positively influence your daily energy levels?
Time management is not just about managing your time when you’re hard at work. It’s also about effectively managing your minutes when you’re taking breaks, resting at home, or relaxing on vacation.
How can you add some energy to your daily routine without taking long breaks or making huge sacrifices in your schedule? It’s all about making wise time management choices during work and play.
Here are several time management tips to help you be more energized the smart way:
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Take your full lunch break.
Yes, others at the office may not take a proper lunch break, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to. You need to refuel your body and give your mind a rest, which in turn will give you…you guessed it…energy to do your work. Stop playing the office hero and make a dedicated effort to take your full lunch break every day. Be sure you’re taking a true break: physically leave your desk or workspace and eat your meal in the cafeteria, picnic area, restaurant, or breakroom.
Work in short bursts of time.
Ever have one of those days when it feels like your to-do list is taking over your life? Everything can seem so overwhelming. Give yourself a boost of energy and a satisfying sense of accomplishment by working in short bursts of time. All you have to do is select 3-5 brief tasks, set a timer for 15 minutes and get to work. Completing tasks in rapid succession will not only help you get things done, but it will positively prime your mind for the rest of your day.
Check your complaints at the door.
Do you find yourself complaining about limited or lack of time during the day? Instead of putting your mental and physical energy into complaining about lack of time, why not do something about it? Block out time in your schedule to do work, politely decline invitations, freely use the word “no” to protect your time, and simply take action. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish when you redirect your focus and energy.
Go to sleep at a reasonable hour.
One of the easiest things you can do to boost your energy levels is to go to sleep at a reasonable hour. Sure, there’re emails to respond to, television shows to watch, and household chores to be done. But you know what? There will always be things vying for your time and energy. And with today’s on-demand technology and messaging services, there’s no reason not go to bed at a reasonable hour. Do yourself a huge favor and commit to going to bed at a reasonable hour for at least a month. You’re bound to notice a difference in your energy levels.
Schedule your vacation time.
Are you making the most of your vacation and personal time at work? If you’re not taking your full allotment of vacation days each year, you are literally leaving rest and relaxation on the table. Check your allotted vacation time for the remainder of the year and propose a few potential vacation dates to your supervisor. When you’ve received the green light, schedule your vacation days into your calendar. And when you do go on vacation, make it clear that you’ll be unavailable and won’t be checking emails, messages, or texts.
About the author
Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps individuals and businesses better manage their time, energy, and resources. Her work has been featured in a variety of online and print media including Fast Company, The Atlantic, Business Insider, The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, and Cosmopolitan. Visit her online at www.TheOrderExpert.com.