Are you trying to optimize your schedule in hopes of feeling more in control, productive, and on budget? Consider approaching your time management tactics from these four angles:
- Identify Demands on Your Time: Make a list of all the meetings and commitments that will be required of you during the day. Next, make a list of activities and accomplishments you wish to add to your schedule. The first step of getting organized is to familiarize yourself with the full picture of what you want and have to do. We do not want to miss an appointment or to always run late and endure the financial and emotional costs of rushing to make up time.
- Plan Ahead: Consider using an appointment book, calendar, or equivalent app to your advantage. These tools enable us not just to function daily, but to also plan financially for the months to come. We’ll be glad we marked that wedding and graduation now, so we can anticipate and start saving for gifts and travel accordingly.
- What You Value You Can Prioritize: You deserve to have a schedule that supports what you want and value most. Consider which of the listed demands on your time are moving you toward the financial future you want. You may find, if you try, you can identify a handful of activities you can roll back for the sake of saving. Because you have identified your values, you can set specific short- and long-term goals. These goals will take time to accomplish, which is why it is important to maximize and control our daily schedules.
- Time to Take Action: Just because we have made the time does not mean our work is done. We must not only be efficient, but also effective. Time management does not simply involve wrangling time, but ourselves as well. We want to take on financially beneficial behaviors and habits daily, in the name of our financial dreams. If, once you reassess your schedule, you feel your finances remain strained rather than structured, consider increasing the effectiveness of your day by pursuing a second career and source of income.
You may be surprised what getting organized will enable you to do for yourself! To learn more ways to improve your financial life, including embarking on an exciting second career, visit the Syncis blog at http://www.syncis.com/blog/.