Aaaaah! Happy New Year’s! 2017 is almost here!
I don’t know about you guys but I have definitely needed a lesson in getting motivated and staying focused on the things that really matter to me, and that I really enjoy. School has started and kicked into full gear – making me fall victim to whatever the next day or week brings!
It is so important that we stay in control of our time and don’t let it drag us whichever way the waves crash! I’ve recently been working on getting back in control of how I spend my time, and not allowing demanding tasks to completely take over my mind and life. Today, I want to show you some ways I took back my time and got motivated again to spend time on the things I care about most!
SIT DOWN AND MAKE A LIST
Make a list of everything that is important to you. These are your priorities. Also, make a list of things that are NOT really important to you, but you HAVE to do anyway. This will give you a clear visual of how you are/should be spending your time – while you still have to do the daunting tasks that you aren’t exactly thrilled about, you can do them in a manner or time block that will prevent them from taking up too much of your mind-power, leaving you too bogged down and exhausted to do the things that you actually enjoy.
DEFINE ANY AND EVERY GOAL YOU HAVE
This could be another list, or some sort of collage or illustration. Maybe even just a stream of thought! Either way, these goals will shape your priorities even further. Write down any goal that crosses your mind, even goals that are just distant dreams, or goals that you have no idea how or when you will have the time to work on them. You can then align your priorities with these goals, and find out how the way that you spend your time is hurting your ability to achieve these goals.
REFLECT ON WHERE YOU SPEND YOUR TIME
Now that you know your obligations, your priorities, and your goals, how does the way that you currently spend your time align with these items? For one day, try keeping track of how much time you spend playing video games, mindlessly scrolling through social media, etc. Since these things are so normal for us, we often end up throwing away an excessive amount of time here without even noticing!
DECIDE WHAT CAN REALISTICALLY BE SACRIFICED
Now that you know where exactly your time is currently being spent, you can start to reallocate where you want your time to go. Things such as mindless scrolls through your Facebook feed can obviously be sacrificed or at least limited, but what about obligations you have? Obviously, most of us can’t realistically get rid of everything in our schedule that we don’t exactly find invigorating. Many of us have crummy day jobs we must attend to, or homework for a class we don’t love. These obligations probably shouldn’t just be thrown out – therefore, only get rid of the time-sucking tasks that would not be counterproductive to get rid of. In other words, be responsible when deciding how you can rearrange your time slots.
SCHEDULE YOUR PRIORITIES IN ORDER
Hopefully at this point you have a much clearer idea of what your priorities are! However, our priorities don’t STAY our priorities unless we organize our time accordingly. To keep something as a priority, there must be dedicated time assigned to doing it! Try creating a weekly schedule for yourself. Start with your top priority, or something that’s time slot cannot be moved, and schedule that in first. From there, move down your list, scheduling your next priorities until they become smaller and smaller. This way, you can make sure your top priorities get the utmost focus when it comes to time spent!
The key to prioritizing is getting organized. Get organized with what exactly your priorities are, what your biggest time-wasters are, and what changes you can make. Then you have the ability to create a schedule that leaves you feeling positive and productive, because it is based on YOUR values. YOU control your time. Don’t let time control YOU!
Let me know what you’d like to spend more time doing in 2017! Happy New Year!!