Managing Your Time, Both in and out of Work

You’ve probably heard the old saying: when you’re a child you have time and energy but no money; when you’re an adult you have energy and money but no time; when you’re old you have time and money but no energy — this means one thing: there’s always going to be something lacking. This means there’s always going to be something in life that you’re missing out on because your current age and current circumstance holds you back in some form or another. And, if you are an adult who is not yet elderly and has dependants, then you will be held back by time, or more to the point a lack of it. Subsequently, this lack of time is going to mean you end up missing out on doing something important, which could be spending time with your loved ones. But, there is a way to stop yourself missing out on certain aspects of life, both in and out of work, because of a lack of time — that is to manage your time better. For advice on how to do just that, make sure to read on.

Time management

Relocate closer to work

One of the biggest drainers of your time will be the time you spend travelling to and from work every day in your everyday working life. Of course, this has to be done because you have to work and subsequently get to your place of work. But, just because it has to be done, it doesn’t mean it can’t be made easier. And to make it easier, you you should be looking for a new house that is closer to your place of work and makes travelling to and from it as easy and as quick as can be. By doing so you will give yourself extra time at night and in the morning to spend how you wish, whether you spend it preparing yourself for work or whether you spend it enjoying yourself. Not only that, but by cutting down your time travelling to work you will find yourself feeling fresher when actually at work, and thus your working performance will improve.

Sort your sleeping pattern out

You should be setting yourself a strict sleeping pattern that allows you to get the amount of sleep the you need to see that you wake up each morning feeling ready and refreshed. And you should even be willing to stick to this strict sleeping pattern when you do not have work at the weekend, as well. You should do so because days off from work are not days off from life. And how do you better your life when you are sleeping? Yes, of course, sleeping is a must in order to recharge and rest our minds and bodies. But, is over-sleeping or generally sleeping-in a must? No, it’s not, so don’t do it!

When it comes to setting this sleeping pattern, you should not only take into account how much sleep you need each night to survive on, but also what time of the day you do your best work. This could mean staying up late and getting work done in the early hours, or it could mean going to bed earlier and subsequently rising earlier and being productive with the hour(s) you gain in the morning from doing so. Whatever way you decide to go in regards to that, your sleeping pattern is key.

Get your work done at work, never before and certainly never after

Taking work home with you can mean you lose every single waking moment to your work, and that is never healthy. By doing so you will neither have a life, and you won’t even find your working life will improve as a result.

Even if you work as a freelancer, you should not give in to the desire to leave your work until later. No, you should never let your work encroach on the hours you have planned to devote to bettering your own life and spending time with your family because you will start to feel as if you’re always working. And, when this is the case you will soon begin to feel as if your time is made up of work, and work alone.

Delegate, both in the office and at home

Delegation is on of the best things you can do when seeking to manage your time better is your goal. It is so because it means your daily load will be shared, subsequently resulting in your time being fairly and healthily stretched across doing a number of things. And you don’t have to be a boss to delegate at work, you know. No, you can ask or in some cases even tell your colleagues to do something in order to get the job done better or even get the job done at all. By doing so, and by in return helping your colleagues when they are in need of help, you can create a working environment where all the work is not only getting done, but being done well.

You should also delegate jobs at home, too. For instance, try delegating the job of cooking to your other half if you know you’re not going to be home in time to get it done when you both planned on originally doing so in order to savour the time you have together afterwards instead of having to spend that time slaving over the stove. You should be doing this if a healthy and happy relationship is what you’re after.

Don’t be afraid to say NO

Saying no (no, don’t worry, you don’t always have to literally shout it or type it in capitals) is a great tool to have in your time management arsenal. It is so because it stops you wasting it unnecessarily on, A, people taking advantage of you, and B, tasks that are a waste of time themselves. So, if you truly want to put your time management first, don’t be afraid to say no from time to time.

The management of everyday time every day is hugely important. It allows you tog et ahead at work, and more importantly it allows you to live.


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Prime Aque is the back-end guy of Self-Help. He is a blogger and WordPress front-end designer. Importantly, he is a husband and a father of three wonderful kids. His firstborn are twin girls. He loves writing and sharing.