Time management is an essential skill as a digital marketer, and one that I have become quite friendly with these days.
For the past year, I have been averaging about 50+ hours of work a week. And my biggest takeaway has been that we have so much more time in our schedules than we often think.
How do I know this? This past year I – worked two jobs, skied the Swiss Alps, helped a friend scale her small business, maintained healthy relationships with friends, got 8-hours of sleep a night, and still found time to binge watch Tiger King.
There are definitely areas that have fallen through the cracks, but I hope that with enough discipline, I can find space for those things too, because the reality is that there is always more space for the things we want to prioritize.
Organization is the most practical insight I can list for better time management. Whether it’s writing a physical list or blocking off time in your Google calendar, planning your hours is the best way to optimize your time.
Give yourself grace. Allow yourself to deviate from your intended plans when you need. American professor, Brene Brown often challenges her readers with the idea of granting yourself permission slips. Gifting yourself the freedom to make healthy choices is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself.
Get up early. I know it’s not for everyone, but having a morning routine regulated my chaotic schedule. By doing this, I was able to knock out all of my menial tasks, before the traditional work day began.
Schedule rest. Give yourself one day to completely replenish for the week. Giving yourself 1 day of leisure, whether it be reading, bike-riding, or beach-going, is essential for a productive work week.
Hopefully this insight will encourage you to optimize the time in your life. If you have goals that are remaining unfulfilled, maybe try scheduling some time to brainstorm your first move. Creating a list of priorities is always the most important task, because we only make time for the things that are important to us.
I’m excited to hear about all the things you will accomplish with this new found time.