6 Time Management Tips

Everyone could do with more than 24 hours in a day, right? And when you’re hustling on your dreams – especially when you’re also working full-time – this means that you need to be especially careful and diligent with your time management. To that end, I’ve decided to list some of the things that I have found to be helpful when it comes to my own time management.

Lunchtime is your friend

Whether you’re working full-time or part-time, lunchtime can be a great help to work towards reaching your goals or even to take some time out of your day to just turn your brain off. Try to take your lunch every day or at least every second day – I know that work can sometimes be overwhelming and you can’t seem to take a break. Then do something you like in that time – work on your fiction or your blog posts or use the time to read (or crochet/knit if that’s one of your hobbies).

Not only will you feel refreshed afterwards, but you will also know that you have already worked towards your goals on that day. I also find setting a timer is a good idea so you don’t get too sidetracked and don’t realise how much time has passed!

I usually also feel more inclined to work on my goals after work when I already know what exactly I’m busy with that day.

Sometimes you need a power nap

We all know the feeling – you just got home and you’re so fatigued that you just want to go to bed immediately and never wake up again. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee or an energy drink, you can simply take twenty minutes or so and take a quick power nap. This means that after those twenty minutes you will still be able to make the most of your evening.

Photo by Alex Krivec
Photo by Alex Krivec

Binge-watching must be something of the past (for the most part)

Whether it’s Netflix, ShowMax or DVDs, watching a whole series has become incredibly easy. I won’t argue that it isn’t lovely to sometimes sit down and just watch a bunch of episode or movies just because you want to. But doing it every day or every weekend is something you have to stop doing when you’re chasing your goals. If you do watch TV, make sure that you only watch one episode or put aside specific time over a weekend where you know you have time to watch a few episodes.

Basically, don’t use binge-watching as a reason not to write or as an excuse when what’s actually going on is that your story is stuck. Or you actually just need a power nap.

Get a diary, a notebook, or both

Even though you want to tell yourself that you can remember everything without writing it down, you will forget something somewhere. Trust me.

The easiest thing you can do is to get a desktop planner or a diary. You can also use a notebook, but I prefer to use that only for notes, stories, and other scribbles I don’t need a specific date for. Get into the habit to note all dates, etc. down in your planner or diary. You can also use the diary to plan out your editorial calendar for the year for your blog and give yourself reminders for what you need to write and when you need to write it.

Photo by Veri Ivanova
Photo by Veri Ivanova

You can also check out the Bullet Journal for one way you can format your notebook(s).

(I do have to add that I use a paper diary and notebook and not an online one.)

Remember your goals

Write out a list of your goals. This may sound a bit silly, but I find that it helps to see not only my to-do list written out, but also my goals. If you want to write them in glitter and paste it on your bathroom mirror, go ahead, just put it somewhere you can see. It’s a lot easier to stay on track when you remember where it is your track is leading you to.


Suport. Support. Support. Find a few people – family, friends, and even online friends – who will give you support in your goals and dreams. Sometimes all you need is a kind word from someone who believes in you to keep you going through the difficult times!

What time management tips do you have?

By Carin Marais

Bibliophile, writer of speculative fiction, non-fiction, and maybe-fiction, language practitioner, doer of stuff.


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