Have the first small habits from February’s column become part of your daily life yet? Don’t worry; it takes time for actions to become habits. This month we will focus on only one habit. Although it is small, this habit can be a little harder to make stick, in my experience.
Time-block your day.
Jot down a quick schedule for each day and give everything – I mean, everything – a dedicated time. Showering, breakfast, reading emails, walking the dog, a phone call with grandma – everything. Instead of reacting, you can reclaim your time by methodically eliminating your mile-long task list. If you schedule everything, you will find you’re not wasting time, and you won’t run around jumping from one thing to the next. Your productivity will skyrocket, and your stress level will go down.
Even though this new habit might seem a little excessive, I can promise you it is a game-changer. Try it out for one week. You should get more done, feel less scattered, and have a better handle on your schedule.
Most people go through their day trying to chase that elusive final checkmark on their to-do list. Once you know how you spend your time, you can cut out things that waste those precious hours and reallocate time to things that make you smile.
Johnna Masterson is the owner of Inspired and Organized and a Central Park resident.