It’s down to YOU to figure out where your crutches lie. I set a rule a long time ago for myself; due to my history with procrastination – Netflix is only acceptable after 9pm, for around 60-90 minutes max – accompanied by vast amounts of ice cream; this is how I unwind for the day and have done so for the past year or so – prior to setting this rule for myself; I wasn’t getting much done – we all know what the Netflix rabbit hole feels like! Plus; touching back on that – setting time aside to unwind for the day and review what you’ve done/need to do, is also worth noting.
I am human; so it’s not like I stick to this ‘code’ all of the time; but having a set of rules and some sort of schedule in general will give you guidance to get back on track when you’ve gone off the rails with procrastination!
So, for some time management advice; go grab a pen and some paper (no, I did not say type it on Microsoft Word and forget about it for all eternity); PEN AND PAPER PEOPLE!
Get a rough plan written up for how your days are currently going and how the 24 hours are being spent each day – the only way to really realise where you’re wasting time is to record the data and analyse! From there you can then asses where you can free up time, juggle things around or even create more time for yourself! For example; you’re making 4-5 individual trips out with your car each day – is there any way you can combine some of those trips, down to 2-3 outings in the motor? You still get all of the tasks done AND you’ve created some extra time for yourself, instead of chewing on your steering wheel whilst stuck in traffic.
Change up the work environment.
Figuring out how to balance your work time and personal time is critical; I used to talk bad about people who would bring their laptop to a coffee shop and work away at their own stuff; that was the younger, smaller minded Chumpa. Present Chumpa has now realised how beneficial this can be – mix up your working environment! If you’re work relies on an internet connection for its base; there’s nothing stopping you heading out to get that 2 hours of online work in a coffee shop, instead of being tucked away in your room; forgetting what the sun looks like. Plus; seeing others getting on with their work is great for motivation – if they’re doing it… why aren’t you?