Have you ever stopped and thought about how much time goes unaccounted for daily? I know I have.
It’s amazing how time flies by when you get caught in the scrolling web, I used to open Instagram or Pinterest with the intention of looking for just a few minutes and with just one blink an hour would be gone. Or when I say I’m “wrapping up a conversation with my best friends” those can go on forever.
If you’re like me noticing that you’ve wasted half the day makes you uneasy and tends to make the whole day more difficult. You realize you procrastinated starting your paper, you didn’t complete your errands, you were suppose to read before going to class or even forgot about an appointment and the rest of the day is spent trying to make up for lost time.
Here are a few tips that make my days more productive
Set goals for the day
You may do this at the beginning of the day or the night before. When I wake up, I spend a few minutes thinking about the things I need to do and the things I want to do. I make to do lists because I get to ✔️ the things I accomplish.
You have to be real with yourself, I believe that as humans we are limitless, however we are not perfect. So for example if your goal is to start exercising and you’ve never been to the gym or worked out 💪 just know it is impossible for you to lift 70 lbs and kill 100 ab crunches that day. Keeping this in mind will prevent disappointment at the end of the day.
Allot time for each task
Some tasks take a lot more time than others, reading for a paper may take up to three hours while a making the bed may take only five minutes. I try to get as many smaller tasks done as possible in order to maximize the time I have to get my school work done (it all depends on your lifestyle).
I need breaks, I cannot focus on one thing for hours (funny how I don’t say this about Instagram or YouTube) for example when I’m studying I can read for like four hours after that I need to walk around, eat, watch a video; something. Make these breaks no longer than twenty minutes
Be patient with yourself
You can do everything stated above and still not accomplish all the goals you set for the day. The point is to get as many things done in the day. You won’t always get it right, however,as long as you’re learning and improving daily you’re not failing.
Try to do this everyday