Write It Down – And Cross It Off
To keep your timing on track each day, jot down a daily plan the night before – and stick with it. Roesler recommends setting a time limit for each task and breaking big tasks into smaller, more manageable ones. Scheduling your day this way also allows you to say “no” to extra tasks because you now have a reason to, she says. “Planning prevents committing to too many things, which can lead to burnout and stress,” she explains.
Even having a visual of how you spend your time can come in handy. Roesler says that creating a daily schedule shows you that what you’re trying to jam into the day is unrealistic. It can also help you see where you might be wasting time that could be better spent. The next step is to organize your to-do list so that you only have three major things to do in one day. (Once you cross them off, you can always add more.) “Getting things done boosts confidence and mood while decreasing stress and anxiety,” says Roesler. “It gives you a feeling of pride and accomplishment and eliminates the worry that there isn’t enough time to get these things done.”