When it comes to time management, especially a few years back, I would have been the first to say – “ I can use some improvement on this!” – big time. I’m a very organized person but when it comes to managing my time, especially with running my own business + trying to balance personal life, it can get challenging. From when I started my business to now, I’ve come a long way. 

Being self-employed, you don’t have a regular 9-5 schedule. Business owners, like myself, typically work non-stop and have more complex schedules. Either you fit in the 9-5 or self-employed category, we all have to also squeeze in life stuff to the clock: relationships, exercise, making dinners, the never-ending list goes on. It’s taken me time to finally be at a good place where I feel so much more improved and satisfied with my time management. I can still use a little work and improvement on this topic, but I’m definitely a lot better NOW than I was THEN, and I owe it to these 5 tips. 

  1. PLAN AHEAD. You don’t want to wake up without a plan for the day. The night before dot down what you need to accomplish the next day. This will give you a clear visual and will clear your head. On the morning of, have a look at your task list, and highlight your top 3-5 that are the most important. Be sure to work on those when you’re most productive. 
  2. DO LESS. This is one that has taken me a while to understand. I used to focus on trying to do everything on my list, instead of focusing on one task at a time. By concentrating on one thing at a time, I was able to create more value and go through my tasks more efficiently. 
  3. STOP BEING PERFECT. This is another one that is a work in progress for me. When you’re a perfectionist, nothing will ever be good enough so you keep going back to that task and find yourself not being productive. Perfect does not exist. All you can do is your best and move on. 
  4. CHANGE YOUR SCHEDULE. I’ll admit, I’m not an early 5am morning person. I truly envy those who can do that. It’s ok if you’re not an early riser like myself. People have productivity and creative juices running at different times. For me, I’ve started to work on getting up an hour earlier. I used to work all hours of my day so I changed that and started to treat myself as a 9-5 person. So by 6pm (latest), I’m done with work. Anything after 6pm, is dedicated to personal life. I’ve accepted unfinished tasks, and have become ok with finishing them the next day. Unless, I have a major deadline, I’ll sometimes, work at night. Changing up your schedule is necessary when you feel burnt out and feel unproductive. 
  5. WEAR A WATCH. By wearing a watch on your arm, you get to set times, alerts, and keep track of tasks throughout the day. It puts you on check. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about wanting to wear a watch daily, since getting my G-SHOCK Women timepiece. The transparent rose gold is a perfect arm accessory. It adds a subtle splash of color to my style and fits right in with my lifestyle. I love that it’s casual yet stylish and versatile. My favorite part about it is that it comes with a stopwatch and daily alarms. I get to time my tasks, workouts, and weekends out. Aesthetic and productivity is my kind of combination. If you’d like more details about my watch, you can visit gshock.com

This post was sponsored by Casio G-SHOCK Women. All opinions are my own.