How to Spring Clean Your Calendar: 7 Time management strategies to prepare for spring
For many people, Spring is the season to declutter, both physically and emotionally. The arrival of sunnier skies and warmer temperatures fills us with joy and positivity, especially after a winter that feels like it dragged on forever.
If you ask me, Spring is also the perfect time to take a good look at your schedule and how you’re managing your time … and create new, healthier habits for the upcoming season.
Wouldn’t it be nice to spend some more time with your family in the glorious warm weather? Learn how to own your schedule with some simple time management strategies and you can!
In order to be able to master your family time, work time and still be able to get out and smell the lilacs you need to be able to master your life right now. That starts with great time management habits.
In this post I’m going to share my best tips to help you master your time and productivity so that your schedule makes you happy, not stressed! These are the principles that I live by, and try to implement each and every day (but sometimes life does get in the way – and that’s totally okay too!).
Plan, Plan, and then plan some more!
One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to not plan our schedule at all or to just write a long to-do list with absolutely no order. If you want to keep order in your life and be able to focus on your goals, then planning is a necessity.
I recommend time blocking where you block out certain chunks of time to complete a task. Sit down on a Sunday evening and plan your whole week ahead, making sure to fit in the priorities. With this method, you ensure that everything gets done when it needs to and nothing gets forgotten about.
Boundaries are a good thing
How much time do you waste on a daily basis on social media? (come on be honest here) You may not even realize you’re doing it, but most of us are guilty of the aimless, ever pointless scroll.
Block out times in your schedule that are completely social media free, these are usually your family and personal time. During these times it may be easier to switch off your phone to enable you to be completely present with your loved ones, or at the very least charge it out of sight in your bedroom.
Spring is a great time to implement this change as there is so much your family can do outdoors and away from all the screens!
Batch your tasks
Remember earlier when I mentioned about planning your schedule right down to specific timings? Once you’ve got the hang of this start to batch your similar tasks into blocks of time.
For example; if you have administrative tasks to do at work, schedule all of these tasks one after the other, got some personal errands to run that involve being out of the house? Batch all of those together too. This saves a ton of that back-and-forth wasted time.
Set a bedtime, get enough sleep & wake up earlier
Getting a good restful nights sleep can work wonders for our productivity. When we go to bed late and don’t get the sleep our bodies need we feel lethargic and not on top form, meaning we’re not working to the best of our ability and generally performing slower than we usually would.
While getting up earlier may be easier as the sun rises earlier in the spring and summer months, getting to bed can become a challenge because the sun also sets later. Don’t be fooled by the sunset – keep an eye on the clock and set yourself a realistic bedtime and make sure you stick to it! You’ll be able to wake up earlier, get more done in the morning and have an energized day ahead!
Focus on your priorities
Going back to making a plan yet again, it’s crucial to make sure you focus on your priorities – this is one of the healthiest time management habits you can practice!
When thinking about what you need to do make a list of everything that needs to be done during the week ahead, then organize this list in order of importance. Pick three priorities for each day that are your absolute MUST DO tasks and make sure they are scheduled in with ample time to complete them.
Picking more than three could lead to overwhelming, and it’s better to complete three and has time left rather than try and cram in more and not have enough time. Anything on your list that doesn’t make it to the schedule isn’t a priority, and it’s time to learn to let go. You don’t want to spend your entire spring and summer indoors tackling your to-do list. Set those priorities and enjoy some leisure time outdoors!
Write your goals on paper!
A new season is a perfect time to set some new goals! Think about what you want to achieve and make sure you write them down. Writing your goals on paper will remind you and motivate you towards the actions you need to take to accomplish them.
When you can actually see your goals you’re also able to prioritize them according to their importance and the steps needed to achieve them.
Make time for you!
I know you already have a zillion things to do and doing something for you is the last thing on your mind. There are meals to cook, laundry to do, deadlines to meet and kids to collect.
But, making time for self-care is one of the greatest thing you can do to increase your productivity, which ultimately means you’re happier and can breeze through your to-do list easier. Even just taking a few minutes out to meditate, journal or get out for a stroll in the fresh Spring air can work wonders. When making your schedule be sure to make sure you’re blocking out some well-deserved “me time”.
Even just implementing some of these techniques to your routine can help make a difference in your time management, but why not try to accomplish all of them? It doesn’t have to all be at once, take baby steps until you are the master of your time!