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  • Writer's pictureMonica Kay Royal

How to manage your time

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

One article written by Kate Kurzawska mentions up to 15 time management techniques

I read somewhere that the average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time

Let's look at the list ⏲

- Plan your day in advance

- Limit email intake

- Find your productivity zone

- Eat the frog (what?)

- Take regular breaks

- Say 'no' and delegate

- Focus and block distractions

- Set goals

- Stop multitasking

- Allocate your time

- Create a morning schedule

- Exercise

- Tools, tools, tools

- Reward yourself

- Communicate

Most of these I can get behind and completely agree. Planning, focusing, and setting goals can be top priority in the success of getting things accomplished during your day/week. And there are tools that can help you with these tasks, such as a good ol' to-do list. Whether that be on paper, your laptop, or your cell phone.

Does anyone remember palm pilots? 📱

It is also critical to avoid things that will distract you at all costs. If you need to, close your office door, exit out of your email client, and shut off your cell phone. Well, that doesn't really help if your to-do list is there, or if you need to make a phone call. 🤔

One thing to realize is that it is a balance and it takes some mental strength to be laser focused.

Are you still thinking about that frog? 🐸 I didn't forget.

The article mentions a quote from Mark Twain “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

This brings me to my personal tip, of prioritizing tasks by 1) time of day and 2) day of week.

Of course, to support Mark's thoughts, if you are a morning person then you should get your most important tasks done in the morning. The same goes for any time of day. Get things done with you are the most aware.

As for days of the week, I try to reserve Fridays to focus on my easier tasks. You know the ones. The endless mouse clicking / ctrl + c - ctr + v / organizing your notes / creating your next week’s to-do list.

Why do I do this?

Let’s be honest, not everybody is totally focused on Friday. They are excited and ready for the weekend - counting down the hours left. I find this strategy to work best at getting things done on Fridays.


This allows me to jam out on some music. I am not one who can code while listening to music (if you are, kudos to you ⭐)

I usually favor color noise, nature sounds, or the infamous lofi hip hop radio - beats to relax/study to. So when Friday comes along, it is nice to really jam out 🎶 high energy, dance in my seat kind of music.

If you are curious about color noise, check out my blog post: The Colors of Noise

How do you manage your time? 📆

Happy Learning!!

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