5 Foolproof Ways to Master Time Management Today



Need strategies to manage your time? Here are 5 simple tips for moms, teens, kids, students, entrepreneurs, office workers, and girl bosses. Learn how to get things done whether you’re at home, at college, or at work. Use these tools and activities to boost your productivity and start completing your to-do list today! #timemanagement #girlboss #SAHM #productivityHas this scenario ever happened to you?

You sit down to work for the day, and you’re completely stoked to crush your to-do list.

But then, for one reason or another, you fall short (perhaps WAY short) of that goal.

If so, then consider these questions…

  • Do you ever find it intimidating to tackle your long list of tasks?
  • Do you ever get easily distracted?
  • Have you ever looked at the clock and not known where the day went or what you accomplished?

If so, you’re in good company.

But more importantly, it might be time to rethink your time management strategy. It’s time to start completing your tasks once and for all.

Let’s do this!

Need strategies to manage your time? Here are 5 simple tips for moms, teens, kids, students, entrepreneurs, office workers, and girl bosses. Learn how to get things done whether you’re at home, at college, or at work. Use these tools and activities to boost your productivity and start completing your to-do list today! #timemanagement #girlboss #SAHM #productivity

5 Foolproof Ways to Master Time Management Today

1. Use an accountability partner

I’ve talked about the power of an accountability partner when it comes to health and fitness goals, but did you know that an accountability partner is also great for work-related tasks?

It’s true!

You see, when you have someone to hold you accountable for completing your projects, they help keep you focused. Knowing you must check in with your partner at the end of each day or week, you feel motivated to demonstrate your progress.

All of a sudden, wasting time on Facebook sounds much less appealing!

Why? Because someone is counting on you.

You need to be on your A game.

What’s more, when you are accountability partners, you provide that same accountability for the other person. It’s a great way to keep each other moving forward, while also strengthening connections and building friendships. It’s a win-win!

Are you looking for accountability for your health and fitness goals? Be sure to check out the I’m Busy Being Healthy Facebook group here!

Need some accountability for your productivity and work goals? Head over to the I’m Busy Being Awesome Facebook group here!

2. Practice Single Tasking

Here’s the deal, science has repeatedly shown that multitasking is a myth. In reality, your brain simply exhausts itself by switching quickly from task to task, which forces you to refocus every few minutes.

When you work on just one project, however, you can put 100% of your energy and focus into that task. You can get “in the zone” and stay there, which allows you to plow through your to-do list with much greater efficiency.

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3. Set a timer

I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve met who thrive on deadlines. When they are racing clock, their thoughts and motivation jump into overdrive.

If you are one of those people, then try setting the stopwatch on your phone or use a free timer online and get to work! (I use the Google timer.)

If you have a long list in front of you, try setting the timer for 30-60 minute intervals, and then give yourself short 5-10 minute breaks in between; this allows your brain to recharge and keeps you working strong throughout the day.

4. Make it a guessing game

Believe it or not, time management doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be – dare I say it – fun!

How, you ask?

Try turning your next to-do list into a guessing game. Ask your co-worker, spouse, or your friends on Facebook, how many items they think you can check off your to-do list by the end of the day. Then, step up to the challenge and get to work!

I think you’ll be amazed at everything you accomplish.

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5. Take breaks

As I alluded to above, in between your sections of intense focus and productivity, be sure to allow time for breaks. If you push yourself too hard, you will only end up feeling frustrated, which is the ultimate motivation squasher.

So, after you’ve enjoyed an hour or so of peak productivity, then step outside for some fresh air, listen to a bit of music, or snuggle with your dog. You’ll give your brain the break it needs to recharge, and you’ll come back to your to-do list with an even greater focus.


And there you have it, friends – five simple strategies to boost your time management. Give them a try today and discover which ones work best for you!

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Question:

What are your favorite time management strategies? How do you get through your to-do list? Do you ever struggle with staying focused? Let me know below!

48 thoughts on “5 Foolproof Ways to Master Time Management Today”

  1. I used to think I was such a great multi-tasker until I realized that I wasn’t necessarily doing the things that I needed to at the quality level I wanted. Single tasking and batching makes it so much easier to stay focused and be efficient.

  2. I have been using these helpful tips when I had to clean in my closet – it wasn’t something I enjoyed doing, so I really wanted to spend less time. So helpful and your tips really work!

  3. mriveraediblesense

    I needed to read this post three hours ago as I sit here waiting for an hour and a half to see a doctor. I feel like I’m not getting ANYTHING accomplished and i’m so frustrated

    1. Argh, that’s the WORST. I often like to bring a book or my ipad to get work done when I’m heading to an appointment. If I’m seen right away, that’s great! If not, I have some work to keep my busy in the meantime.

  4. Aditi Wardhan Singh

    Great tips. Times freak me out though. I do make all my deadlines ahead of time so having a timer ticking is crazy tense for me. 🙂

    1. Yeah, some people thrive on the count down while others HATE it. That’s why it’s so great to know what works best for you 🙂

  5. I get bogged down when I start social media shareing unless I set a timer, have a list of what I am doing and ignore everything else. Great tips Here! I didn’t know google had a timer. I use toggl as a timer.

  6. 21flavorsofsplendor

    Great tips! I love time blocking, but often run over time. So I really need to start using my timer.

  7. I am so guilty of getting distracted no matter how short or long my to-do list is every day. Lol, but I think single tasking and then turning into a game is such a smart idea!! I’m pretty competitive, even if it’s with just myself, so I’d love to go back and forth with my hubby on how many things we can knock out. 🙂

    1. YES! That’s awesome. Let me know how it goes. The game is a fun way to get myself motivated, too 🙂

  8. I could use some time management strategies… I think I just realized I dont have any! Usually I focus pretty well and get through everything I need to for the day but then there are days I get nothing accomplished.

  9. The multitasking myth gets me every time. My word of the year for 2018 was actually ‘focus’ because I knew I needed to get better at doing just one thing at a time so that I could do it well. Great post!

  10. These are fantastic tips for anybody working in a marketing/PR or digital marketing agency. The multitude of things that get thrown your way can really make you disorganized and not using your time effectively.

  11. I use a timer. I focus on one thing at a time or I get easily distracted. I have an accountability partner that keeps me on track I would be a complete failure without her help and guidance. I also take breaks. I may take a 15 minute break or a week break. Depending on what my body needs.

  12. I didn’t know people can’t really multitask. Great to know. Now it’s time to get organized, one task at the time!

  13. mriveraediblesense

    I am SOOOOO easily distracted. The other day I sat down to upload an image on IG and ended up scrolling videos on chocolate work. I’m so pathetic that way.

    1. I hear you; social media is the WORST when it comes to things like that. That’s when I find setting a timer especially helpful 🙂

    1. YES! Accountability partners are an incredible way to help you stay focused and get things done 🙂

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