You can increase your productivity and take control of time! Some many moons ago, I would allow time to be in control. I would start my day with good intentions of all the things I am going to get done, only to crawl into bed wondering where the hell the day went.

And there are some key elements required when you want to manage your time and increase your productivity so that you are getting things done but also have more time with family and friends and that elusive hobby of yours. Which will result in less stress and we all can benefit from that!

So what exactly can you do to maximize your time?

Get clear on what you want to do and need to do. When we don’t have clear direction we are always doing “other” things than do the actions that create the bigger impact.

Schedule everything – which may be the hardest part for a creative because we want to do what we want and when we want – but even creatives need some kind of strategy to make things happen.

Start delegating and asking for help. I know, no one wants to be a burden but if you have a family – ask them to help out around the house, you aren’t their maid (unless you choose that of course!)

Keep a record of how you spend your time, including work, family, and leisure time. This will actually help you discover where you are wasting time and then eliminate those from your week.

Prioritize your time by rating tasks by importance and urgency. Redirect your time to those activities that are important and meaningful to you.

Manage your commitments by not over- or undercommitting. Don’t commit to what is not important to you. Also boundaries are a thing that matter. Say no without guilt.

Deal with procrastination by using a day planner, breaking large projects into smaller ones, and setting short-term deadlines.

Manage your day and take control back of your time with this pink and teal daily planner.  Every day choose what you will work on for personal and business or job related lists. Giving yourself space on what you want to feel, receive, and give yourself.

Included is a space for your self-care so that every day you take a little bit of time for yourself.

At the end of the day give yourself some acknowledgements for what you achieved, state your gratitude, and write about what went well and what could use a bit of improving.

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