Hi, I’m Alice (My Mind Speaks Aloud) and I’m lucky enough to be sharing a guest blog today all about planning your time effectively! I am a lifestyle blogger who has been blogging since May 2016 and one of my favorite things to write about (amongst books, films, creative writing + more) is self-development.
When was the last time you said you didn’t have enough time to do something?
We use this excuse a lot when we don’t have the energy to follow through, are scared of the outcome, or simply don’t want to put any extra effort into our daily lives.
I used this excuse for many years regarding writing my novel. I would tell myself that I would wait until I “had more time”, but realistically, this never happens. Life is busy, we get it, but you just have to push on through and make your dreams a reality, because no one else is going to do that for you!
Therefore, this post will be giving you some of my top advice for making the most of your time. When you find methods to plan, organize, and set goals, you’ll find that you have a lot more time to do all the things you’ve always wanted to do.
So sit down, grab a cuppa, and take a step further towards your dream life.
- Schedule Time to Do the Things You Really Want to Do
- Set Goals for Yourself
- Have Personal Monthly Reviews
- Buy a Calendar/Diary
- Create Lists
Schedule Time to Do the Things You Really Want to Do
Perhaps your day is full of scheduling already – work meetings, school classes, phone calls you have to make – but what about the events that make your life worthwhile?
Try scheduling in hobbies or spending time with a friend. This helps you break up the day with both work and enjoyment, and also reminds you that fun stuff is just as important to everyday life as working! Without it, it is easy to get burnt out.
Set Goals for Yourself
Not very unique, I hear you say? Well, when was the last time you sat down and actually wrote down your goals? Not just those short-term ones of completing a project or washing your clothes, but getting married, or your dream house?
Write down your long-term goals that motivate you to succeed, and chances are you will work harder to pursue them!
Have Personal Monthly Reviews
It is easy to get caught up in everyday life, so much so that, before you know it, years have passed. A good way of staying on top of your life, but most importantly your emotions and mental state, is to whip out a journal at the end of each month. Sit back and reflect on the month you have just experienced. Write down your thoughts, asking yourself these key questions:
- What went well?
- What didn’t go so well?
- What do I want to take forward into the next month?
- What do I want to improve on?
Buy a Calendar/Diary
This is a very simple way to get organised, when you’re not quite sure where to start. Having a calendar on your phone is useful, but sometimes it’s nice to look at something visual. The blank spaces might even motivate you to fill them in with productivity, which you might not have done otherwise!
Not everyone is a natural list-maker, but there really is something therapeutic about writing things down and ticking them off! It’s a little boost of success that encourages you to continue and get more things done!
Plus, who said lists are just for the boring stuff?
Write down a list of your favorite TV shows, your favorite quotes, or your morning routine! Leave a notepad next to your desk when you are working, so you can reach over and jot anything down that is distracting you. The list is endless!
I hope this encourages anyone looking for a bit of productive guidance to get up and start working towards their goals! Thanks so much to Kiran for giving me the chance to share some thoughts with his audience!
If you’d like to read more posts on self-development, you can check out more of my posts below: