To those with dreadful time management

September 7, 2020

Laura Duff

Work

If you don’t already have a daily planner, you really need to be reading this. That is my first instruction. Go and get yourself one. My daily planner is my life and my prized possession. I don’t think I would even remember to wake up in the morning if I didn’t have it. They are so much fun; they make tedious tasks a check-off game. Also, you can get them to match your personality, a colourful one, a mindfulness one, a super organised one… the list goes on. Anyway, I’m not here to sell anything to you, I am here to help you with your dreadful time management skills.  

I will be explaining probably the world’s most cliché time management tips, in a way we can all relate to. Time management is the key to life, honestly. Regardless of who we are and what we regard as important or enjoyable, we all need balance. Balance can be so hard to get if you don’t have some basic time management skills.

“Learn to say no!” What on earth does that mean? What if you don’t want to say no? When are you meant to say no? I feel this is a popular tip that can be interpreted the wrong way. I feel some people may read it as, “say no to your friends if they ask you to hang out, you’re too busy at work!” No. If possible, say yes to your friend’s offer to grab a coffee! It will release necessary happy chemicals in the brain that will improve your work after a much-needed break, chillin’ with your friends. I would read this tip as, if your colleagues are overloading you at work (it’s always the lazy ones who ask you to do everything, isn’t it?), don’t feel guilty about saying no, even if it is your closest colleague. Overloading yourself with many tedious tasks is going to disrupt the quality of your work. You can do things you feel like you can, but don’t take on too much.

Plan ahead. If you get a planner, you can plan in advance (duh - plan/planner lol). You then no longer have to feel overwhelmed in your mind as everything is written and sorted. Taking time out of the beginning of your day, week or month (do all three! It’s honestly a fun and relaxing thing to do), will let you know when you have to be doing something. It’ll make your brain more ready for it when you have to do it, trust me.

The last tip is to prioritise wisely. Procrastination is probably one of the biggest blocking factors when people are trying to improve their time management. You have a deadline tomorrow at 12pm? That cutlery cupboard really does need cleaning out though… NO. Don’t even try to fool yourself, you’re not fooling anybody else. Get the deadline out the way. I can guarantee you won’t even remember about the cutlery cupboard after you have finished your work, you will be going for an early night. Prioritise. Do what you need to do, when you need to do it. In fact, do it before! You can scroll, tidy or procrastinate later!

Laura Duff

The team call me the 'mighty Duff'. I'm 19 years old and study Cognitive Science at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout our time together, I'll be writing about topics related to mental health, food and fitness! I'm also a host for the Wedotalk, check them out on YouTube, Spotify or Soundcloud! Down below you'll find my personal links, I make vlogs as a hobby!

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