We are often guilty for muttering that phrase, “there isn’t enough time in the day”, when we find ourselves inundated with tasks that need doing. And for some reason, they all seem to need doing at once. Time management is a nightmare amongst our busy schedules.
The hustle and bustle on the tube in the morning coupled with the file that you left on your kitchen table and the coffee that you spilled all down your freshly cleaned white shirt. We’ve all been there.
But have you ever thought that if you were able to manage your time a little better instead of attempting to balance ten million things at once, you might not feel like you’re juggling plates?
Let’s discuss how.
Start as you mean to go on
From the moment your alarm goes off the day has begun. An early session of 30 minutes exercise is a great way to get your brain pumping.
Eating a hearty, healthy breakfast is another. So, avoid hitting that snooze button and get that brain fuelled so you’re ready to tackle the day.
Exercise improves circulation and releases endorphins that leave you feeling energised.
Many scientific studies support this, and have revealed that physical exercise increases the blood flow which improves mental sharpness and in turn, allows better time management as well as decision making and engagement.
A good morning routine will set you on good stead for a highly productive day.
You may think that forfeiting sleep is the only way to hack productivity and squeeze a few more hours out the day. But we can assure you, this is not a good idea. For your body to function at its best, you need at least 7-8 hours’ sleep.
Don’t underestimate the importance sleep. Go to bed earlier and set the alarm earlier so you can reap the benefits of a full day ahead.
“If you don’t plant the seeds, the result will be weeds”.
Know what you want the end result to be and work to it.
To-Do Lists are a great way to gain clear visibility of everything you need to do that week or month. Unless reactive tasks come on board, everything else is a waste of time.
If you’re at work, Trello is a useful tool to do this. The forum contains a board for ‘To Do’, ‘Doing’, and ‘Done’ so you can feel a great sense of accomplishment when you move things to ‘Done’ and be more inclined to then tackle less crucial items.
A To-Do List is a pointless exercise unless you write it in order of importance. You can end up working on things that have a longer completion date and side-passing those that need doing urgently.
Decide on what’s pressing and get that ticked off the list first. Once completed, you’ve already accomplished great things. You can then move on to the less pressing tasks later on.
A great way to spend your last hour on a Friday afternoon is to equip your list for next week. You can then head home and leave work at work, so you can enjoy your weekend and face Monday morning with a clear list of objectives.
Learn to say no
Be realistic. You should only take on board projects that you truly have time for and those that are entirely in line with your objective.
Be flattered that your opinion or skill is sought after, but don’t make the error of taking too much on. It’s better to put 100% into a task and do a sound job than to spread yourself too thinly and end up with a mediocre result.
We are all guilty of being attached to our smartphones. But with the world of social media and being participant to about 20 group chats there is rarely a moment when a notification isn’t popping up.
Keep that phone on silent and in your bag. Out of sight out of mind.
Booking a meeting room will allow you to escape the world’s pressures and guarantee a quiet, distraction-free environment so you can get the job done on time. It’s so easy to get side tracked and before you know it, half an hour has passed and you’ve not progressed.
Schedule in a break to grab a brew, catch up with emails and return any calls. That way you can tackle things with a ‘hands-on’ approach.
Keep it at work
Replying to emails in bed, prepping meetings at the dinner table and making calls on a weekend are all signs of poor time management.
If you’re struggling to separate your working life with your home life it can have harmful consequences on both your personal life and the quality of your work.
Don’t bring your work home unless you have to. If you can’t escape it, don’t let it eat up your hours late into the evening. It’s really important to allow a few hours a day for your brain to recharge.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may not always be the best person to get the job done anyway. And sometimes, a fresh pair of eyes is all that is needed.
Let go and trust your colleagues/employees to take on tasks that you can afford to give away. Time management doesn’t have to be about just getting the job done yourself.
How Speedy Fuels can help
Here at Speedy Fuels we understand the busy schedules that come hand in hand when running a business, so ordering your fuel may become an afterthought. But the matter of the fact is, it cannot.
That’s why we offer a completely free fuel management service to take care of all your fuel needs for you. It comprises monitoring, controlling and maintaining your fuel supplies over a period of time. We keep an eye on your fuel levels at all times and place orders for you when you’re due a top up.
This gives you peace of mind that your fuel orders and deliveries are in good hands.
So you can cross that one off your To-Do List already!
Give us a call on 0330 123 3773 to take advantage of our fuel management service, after all, it is completely free…