alarm clock

Well, isn’t that the joke?

Generally, those who have an issue with time management, have an issue with actually getting anywhere or doing anything on time.  So, starting early is out of the question!

But time management works even better when you plan and start early. And by that we mean take advantage of the best part of the day – the early morning!

You must have heard of the adage, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealth, and wise!”

Well, we are going to apply this principal to help your time management process.

 

  1. Why early?

Early risers tend to be more proactive, think clearer and get way more done than those late risers.  Heard of that afternoon slump?  You could still have it, but if you started early you will have got so much more done by the time that slump arrives.

  1. Activity first

Another reason to get up early is to get your exercise in first.  That in itself helps you manage things better in the day, in your week and in your life generally.

  1. Progress slowly

A contradiction?  No, not quite.  What we mean here is to progressively start your day early.  So for the first week, set your alarm for 8am, then the second week 7h30, then 7am, then 6h30, etc.  See where we are going here?  This way you don’t give your body and mind too much of a shock.

  1. Create a routine once you’re up

The getting up early is one part of the routine but having a set of activities to do, in order and the same every time, is another way to get your time management process in order.

An example may be:

  • Wash your face and brush your teeth
  • Grab a cuppa java and a small bite to eat (kick start that metabolism – and make it healthy – a nice mix of protein and carb)
  • Get dressed and get doing your choice of exercise
  • Time your exercise routine to the desired duration
  • Shower
  • Dress
  • Head out in your car or to your office (if you are home-based)
  1. Get to bed early

It can be super tough to get up early if you haven’t had enough sleep the night before.  A good number of hours of sleep required as an adult is between 6 and 7 hours.  Some can get by on just 5, others swear by 8.  You need to work out what your body and mind needs.

  1. Don’t program the snooze button in

That may just ruin your whole day and you may end up not getting up at all, but having a snooze button has proved to be the reason most delay getting up on time.

  1. Now, I’m up! What now?

So, you have managed to get up early and followed your routine, what now?

The idea behind getting an early start is so that you can get more done in your day and get it all done on time.

Make plotting out your day, week and month a part of your time management process.  Work with your diary, whether electronic or manual.  Schedule out time to plan your week in your diary like an appointment.

Make that planning time the first thing you do when you sit down at your desk.  It should take you a few minutes only but do it every day.

  1. Swap things around

If you find you are not a morning exercise person, then create your routine differently when you wake.

It may look like this:

  • Wash your face and brush your teeth
  • Grab a cuppa java and a small bite to eat (kick start that metabolism – and make it healthy – a nice mix of protein and carb)
  • Shower
  • Dress
  • Head out in your car or to your office (if you are home-based)
  • Start that day, week, month planning first

 

Comment if you’ve got a routine that works, or attended a course or workshop that has shared some great ideas on time management.

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