Ask anyone living in Los Angeles what the number one reason they can’t get anything done and they’ll tell you, “The traffic.” On any given day, no matter where you’re headed, it always seems like there is an endless traffic jam ahead of you. Smart drivers factor in the potential for traffic jams and add 30 minutes to their departure time. But that is 30 minutes that could have been put to more productive pursuits. Avoiding traffic isn’t always an option but improving your overall time management skills is. Here’s how to get more time back in your day:
Make a List
Perpetual list makers are often chided by their friends for having everything planned out down to the last detail but those folks are onto something. When you make a list of things to do, you instantly get a visualization of how your day is going to go. You can prioritize those items so the ones with a deadline take your focus. Other tasks like running errands could be put off until the next day. The added benefit of making a list is that is frees up your mind. Instead of constantly trying to remember what you need to get done, the list is there for you.
Cut Back on Events
You don’t have to go to every single thing you’re invited to. Yes, there are some friend and family obligations that you need to be a part of but are you really going to miss out if you go to a party this week with the same people you want to a part with last week? If you do feel compelled to go out, then set yourself a time limit. Don’t go someplace where you’re dependent on someone else for a ride home. Show up, have fun and then get home in plenty of time for a good night’s sleep.
Looking over your list of things to do should have you looking for opportunities to combine some of those efforts. Try to schedule meetings around your errands. If you have to pick up dry cleaning, then meet at the coffee shop close to the cleaner. A day that has several meetings is another place for time limits. Give yourself some buffer time to get from one meeting to the next but don’t go beyond whatever time you need to accomplish the goal of the meeting. It might be that catching up with a friend is better for a weekend than a weekday.
Hand Out Tasks
Anytime you can hand off tasks you’ll be ahead of the game when it comes to time management. That especially applies for tasks around the house. How long have you been putting off getting rid of all the rubbish that has accumulated in your garage and closets? That is a task that can be handed off to Junk King Los Angeles. You could have all your unwanted clutter cleared by Junk King Los Angeles in less time than it takes to get your car washed. Put them to the challenge today to improve your time management.