New month, New Pantry Post! This month, we will be discussing time management and how it applies to design projects (or any project, for that matter)! There are 24 hours in each and every day which seems like enough time to complete all your daily tasks. Have you ever looked at the clock and saw that it was already 9:00 at night and your to-do list has gotten even longer? Where has the time gone? What did I do all day? We will give you 3 tips on how to be the most productive:
1. GET A PLANNER
Ok, so you have probably heard that before and, yes, I am saying the same thing. Prior to last year, we never used planners. We relied heavily on our "mental planner". Sure, it worked for some things and, if a task was forgotten, we made excuses for how it wasn't that important and blah blah blah. As business picked up, juggling family, work and projects sent our brains spinning. There has to be a way to keep track of all of this. A great friend of ours suggested getting a planner and she was right! Our planner is like the holy grail! We schedule everything we need to do on a weekly calendar and make tweaks as needed. It has literally changed our lives and we have become exponentially more productive! GET A PLANNER NOW!
Again, this is not a new concept but we recommend completing your most difficult task first. Why? Well, you have the most energy when you first start completing your task. Thus, you will be able to complete the larger task more efficiently. If you do that in reverse, sure you will complete more tasks but might do a sloppy job on the larger one. This can also apply to completing the design project that will yield the most profit. The key is to order your tasks and complete them efficiently so that no project suffers due to time management.
Sure, you want to go to the Beyonce Formation World Tour or spend a night out with your homeboys but you have to remain focused on the bigger picture! Just think, if you would have gotten that planner and prioritized, you would have been able to attend that event. We know staying focused is hard, especially when the task seems daunting. The more focused you are the less time you can spend on that one task and you might cut a few hours off of your project. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in. You will be done in no time!
Perfect planning my seem elusive but, trust us, it can be achieved. We are true witnesses to how effective planning and time management can create free time to do other things you want to do. Remember to plan, prioritize and focus. Your life will be so much easier, we promise!
-Peace from Pinch