During these uncertain times, SO many things have changed – rules for working, socializing, and connecting with loved ones are different now. 

Without the structure of school and work, many of us have had to shift our schedules. We may have more free time than ever before – or need to spend more time teaching the kids or caring for family members.  

Approaching your time with intention will help you feel more organized and productive, even when so many aspects of your life are different. 

Here are our top tips for getting more done each day.

Plan For The Week Ahead

Visualizing and preparing for the week ahead can help you feel more in control of your time and resources. 

  • Create a menu plan, shop for ingredients, and prep what you can in advance. 
  • If you have children, identify online class hours, test dates, and assignments due. 
  • Identify key work meetings and deliverables to map out the time required to get your work done. 
  • Create consistent routines for housework, fitness, and personal time to keep it all in balance.

Establish A Morning Ritual

Set yourself up for success with a sustainable morning routine. If you typically exercised or showered before work, keep it up if you can. Keeping up with these small habits creates a sense of readiness and momentum.

  • Maintain your wake-up time. Without the morning drop off or commute, it’s easy to drift to a later start for your day.  A consistent wake-up time provides a foundation for accomplishing daily goals.
  • Make your bed and get dressed each morning. Even if its yoga pants, a ponytail and lip gloss, you will feel more ready to take on the day.
  • Eat breakfast and tidy afterward. Whether it’s a smoothie or a coffee, you are probably making it yourself instead of buying on the go.

Use Time-Blocking Techniques

Long days at home seem like a great way to accomplish more, but distractions can eat away at our best intentions. Identify necessary tasks and assign realistic times to complete them.

  • Separate school, work, housework, family time, and (virtual) social time. Identify scheduled items – classes, meetings, and deadlines. Add in your exercise or time to be outside. Allocate time for each in your planner.
  • Identify the top three priorities you need to complete first each day. Focus on those items only until they are completed before moving on to less urgent items on your list.
  • Avoid the temptation to multi-task. It’s ultimately better to alternate between tasks to give your full attention to each.
  • Communicate daily goals and schedule with members of your household and team to encourage cooperation and to reduce confusion or stress.

Even when life shifts to the extreme, following these three time management tips, will help you make the most from each day, every day.

We are right here with you, and wishing you the best of luck during this unprecedented time. We know you can do this! 

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