Having effective time management in your life can really alter the way you look at how you spend your time and what you spend you on. In our post “Time Management in your Bullet Journal and Why its important” covers a series of reasons and practical steps on how to manage time – today we are focusing solely on time management bullet journal layouts and spreads.
Reasons time management bullet journal layouts are good for your mental health
You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Its common knowledge and logical. Are you wanting to read more, but find you just don’t have enough time in your day? Are you finding that you are tired when you wake up but don’t understand why?
It could be that you think you are getting 8hours of sleep but in fact, after tracking you might find that after tv time, or reading you actually only 5 or 6. All these things can really help you laser focus your time use to spend time on things that really matter.
Is time tracking effective for day to day productivity?
Without accurately tracking your time however, you may have no way of knowing exactly how your time is being spent versus how much is being wasted. With proper tracking, you may find your daily routine more streamlined, less stressful and far more productive.
Time tracking can feel painful, but the benefits extend much further than just your bullet journal. It helps give you the opportunity to raise issues before they happen – for example if you are studying and dedicating 5hours to your studies, but are finding you are still struggling with the subject – you can show your teachers that there is an issue with your understanding of the topic.
The insights you get from time tracking can often be an eye-opener. How much time do you actually spend browsing the web, looking through your inbox or trying to find that one document in a pile of folders.
Time management tips for your BuJo
If you are wanting to effectively manage your time, both productively and creatively , these time management tips can help you achieve that!
- Audit how you are currently spending your time. For one day check how much time you dedicate to task that may not be beneficial, or considered time wasters. What things can you not do without?
- Try to eliminate time wasters. Often we are distracted by other activities which may lead to us to no emerging ourselves fully in a task, so eliminate doing the task in a multi task style, this will help you eliminate some of those pesky time wasters!
- A simple time management tip is to SAY NO! If you do not have time, but over extend yourself by saying yes, try to manage that by saying no more often. There is no need to justify this.
- Time batch similar tasks together. Grouping similar tasks may help you manage your time and productivity better
Following these time management tips are not going to automatically up your productivity but they will start helping you identify oppoertunities to create more time.
Can time tracking help me find my most productive times?
Time tracking gives you the opportunity to see where you are most efficient, that could be at 3pm or 3am. And with that information you can easily adapt your work or personal life to harness that time. But without tracking it you will have no idea when your most productive times are.
Using your newly found time management skills
This post has outlined some brilliant ways for you to check in and manage your time, using your bullet journal or planner is just one way you can manage that time and use your new time management skills to establish a new way of managing your productivity.
You can improve your time management skills further by taking some free courses or watching some great TedEx classes on time management.