Do you have a bad habit of leaving tasks to the eleventh hour? Even if January 1st is just another arbitrary date, the feeling of a fresh start offers a time for reflection and self improvement. If New Year’s Eve isn’t the only day where you’re counting down the seconds, being more organized is likely one of your resolutions this year. Make better use of your time in 2018 by applying these organizing tips right away!
Overestimate How Long Tasks Take
People are generally terrible estimators when it comes to time. Chores that aren’t fun, such as cleaning the bathroom, booking appointments, and doing laundry, usually take less time than originally planned. Conversely, tasks you underestimate, such as travel time, prepping for projects, and writing emails, leave you late and apologetic. Always be on time by tracking how long each task actually takes, and overestimating your time for future plans.
Build Healthy Habits
Let’s face it, nobody likes going into work feeling unwell. Even if you survive the morning commute, you’re likely not as productive once you get there. Become a star performer by building healthy habits. Ensure you get eight hours of sleep each night, maintain a healthy diet, and stick to an appropriate exercise routine. Even if it sounds like more work than you’re up for, you’ll be surprised at the amount of time you’ll save once you’re feeling healthy and organized!
Prepare Ahead of Time
Whether you’re starting a new business, or just looking to streamline travel time, boosting efficiency starts with a plan of action. Making a resourceful strategy helps identify and categorize risk, while having the added benefit of affording you enough time to mitigate potential problems.
If you want it to get done, write it down! Nobody is perfect, and memory is not as reliable as you may think. If pen and paper is too old school for your style, program reminder apps and calendars in your phone to alert you about upcoming events. Making a plan and sticking to it will give you a great starting point for taking on the day—and the year!
Make It Routine
Identify repeated weekly tasks, and break them down into a manageable schedule. For example, rather than leaving all of the household chores to Saturday morning, devote a half hour each night to completing a single task, such as laundry. Once you’ve got the rhythm, repeated tasks will simply become routine.
Remember To Have Fun
Organizing your schedule has the added benefit of being more productive at work, which could lead to many new opportunities in 2018. That said, remembering to keep a healthy work-life balance is key to happiness. Being organized and efficient is a great way to free up some extra time to spend it with friends and family. Save even more time by letting us help you plan your next big event! Call Gulf Coast Event Center at 228-867-6322.