Life is coming back to (a new) normal! No more blurry lines between night and day and work and personal life. After a year of work from home, having our living rooms and bedrooms function as makeshift offices, we can enjoy the warm weather outside.
It has been a long year of zooms in our comfy sweats and pj's. So now it's time to put on the flirty fun cami and go back to basic with Silk and Salt's new basic collection or go more stylish with our latest African Peacock Dress.
Time management will help you provide better-quality work, be more productive and efficient. It will also improve your quality of life and give you more time for leisure and recreation. Most important, you'll be less stressed and anxious.
But coming back to life outside the house could be stressful—that why we have five easy time management tips for you.
Following those easy tips will make the transition from quarantine to the office much smoother and a lot less stressful.
So, let's get into it:
List all your tasks. It could be a notebook page (this notebook from Etsy is great to remind you to get s*** done). It could be a planner (like this beautiful greenery daily planner from Amazon that will help you stay motivated and focused on your goals). You can also use the notes app on your phone or an app like Anydo.
It doesn't have to be on order. You can also add the deadline or the time of each task. This list might be messy, but that the whole point – to visualize your tasks.
Don't forget to save time for yourselves, your family and your friends. Tasks don't have to be related to work or school, or chores. They could be fun activities you do by yourself. You can treat yourself to a go with the flow dress (now available in 9 colors!), a warm bath with Muscle ease bath salts from Lather or a lovely book like Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt. It could also be spending time with your loved ones. Anything fun that will give you a break from all the exhausting assignments of the day.
On a new list, write down the same tasks from the first list in order. We recommend organizing the functions from the most urgent to the least critical. Make this list stand out and fun to look at.
Writing two lists makes sure you don't forget any task, helps you be more organized, and keeps you focused. In addition, once all your tasks are written down neatly, and you know when to do what, you'll feel less stressed.
Break down your tasks. Like the second list, organize it from the most crucial task to the least important. Moreover, focus on one small task at a time.
The big picture can often be scary, but the more minor details are not as frightening once you take it apart. Most times, they aren't frightening at all.
Same thing with your tasks. They might look big and scary, but once you break it into smaller assignments, you'll see it's a lot easier than you thought, and not everything has the same urgency.
Dedicate time. Take it as a relaxing time for yourself in the morning, for example. Put on your favorite music (this Wake-Up playlist is perfect!), maybe light a candle from Jay and Lyn Co and support a black-owned business. You can do whatever to make it fun for you. Don't do it on a whim.
Make this a hobby at a time of the day that fits you. Knowing it's a fun and calming activity will help you keep this hobby and do it every day.
Don't give up sleep. It helps keep your mind sharp, boosts your mood (we all hate being grumpy when our rest is cut off), makes your heart healthier, steady your blood sugar, and keeps your weight balanced.
When you write your tasks, make sure you give yourself time to unwind at the end of the day and get 6-8 hours of sleep. That way you'll be more calm and ready for the next day.
Start early. We don't say you should do the same. Waking up at 5 am is not for everyone. However, waking up half an hour or even an hour earlier can make a big difference.
You'll get another more time during the day to complete all you need. You could also use this time to eat an excellent breakfast (like this healthy and delicious Tamago Kake Gohan from Love & Lemons) or to work out.
We recommend using that time to sit quietly (or with music) by yourself and plan your list of tasks like we advise here.
We wish you easy adjustment to life post-Covid and back in the office. Let us know your time management tips and share with us your experience following those tips. Don't forget to follow us.