Time management is hard, especially if you are working independently. But don’t despair, there are a few great lifehacks that can make your life easier and more fun.
Since I started working independently, I’ve had to rev up my time management skills. In this post, I am sharing my favorite time-saving hacks that work for me.
lifehacks that will help you do more of what you love
Sometimes I feel like it’s a miserable joke that a day has only 24 hours. That usually happens when my to-do-list is growing and I can’t seem to catch up. Life can be overwhelming. Especially, when you are trying to achieve many things at once. I believe that most writers will know this feeling. It’s frustrating if you don’t find time to do the things you really care about, like writing your novel.
But there are some time savers that make life a lot easier. Prepare to find some new ways of organizing your week, that will help you keep your sanity, even on busy days.
prepare your food in advance
I work a lot, and when I am in a flow I don’t take breaks. However, I don’t want to spend money on eating out every day. But I can’t be bothered to cook in the morning. No way.
Instead, I chose one day a week where I prepare a lot of food. Enough to sustain me and my boyfriend for at least three days. I eat out one day a week and on Friday I just skip lunch. You could also choose a second day, where you prepare more food. I wouldn’t recommend eating the food after three days unless you freeze it. It just loses too much of its taste and probably most of the micronutrients. I made Sunday my day to cook and clean.
split tasks by days
If you have several projects you are working on – it could be working on a novel, Social Media and writing a blog – this one is for you. I usually chose a day for each task, where I will not bother with anything else. Full focus on one project a day. So, I don’t feel confused and like I am not getting anywhere. Separating helps me to not feel overwhelmed all the time because I am working on so doing many different projects.
Let me give you an example:
Monday is my novel writing day, and on Tuesday I edit. Fridays are for preparing blog posts.
It might sound counterintuitive, but it actually isn’t. I make sure that I get 8 hours of sleep every night, no matter how much work is waiting on my desk. Even if it might be tempting sometimes to pull an allnighter, I know that one night of bad sleep makes for a whole week of me being less productive. I just wouldn’t have the nerve to do so many things if I didn’t allow myself to sleep enough. That’s why good sleep is simply a requirement in my productivity routine.
avoid empty time
This is how I define “empty time”: it’s those moments that I spend doing something that does absolutely nothing for my wellbeing, my projects or my relationships. Like watching Netflix or getting lost on the Internet. It happens, especially after an exhausting day. But I try to cut those activities as much as I can and replace them with better ways of relaxation. Like reading a book/magazine, having a conversation, going for a walk or listening to music. Literally everything is better than just blindly consuming content that won’t benefit you in any way.
I am relying on these 4 lifehacks at the moment. All of them are easy to implement, they don’t cost money and they are good for your physical and mental health. If you were to chose to try out only one, I would recommend you start with the sleeping routine. It has the biggest impact on your performance and well-being. However, trying out any of these lifehacks can help you change your life for the better and to become more productive.
Just one more thing.
You need an emergency plan for times, in which you feel too exhausted to do anything. Let’s call it a pick-me-up that helps you stick to your healthy routine and protects you from falling off track by munching a whole pint of ice cream or binging Netflix all night. I use this Ashwagandha Shake as a pick-me-up. You can also drink this shake on a regular basis if you tend to feel exhausted.