Pssst. Want to know a secret? Okay, here goes—there’s a way to learn how to manage your time. Don’t believe it? Well, it’s true.
Twenty-somethings, especially nowadays, watch their older peers and parents effortlessly manage time all the time. That just leaves us asking ourselves, ‘how the heck do they do all of that?’
Well, it’s not like they’re any better than us at time management—they’ve just learned how to adapt. And, yes, we’ve probably ignored that advice in the past, but now, it’s about time to listen.
So, let’s listen to these time management tips. Or, rather, time management hacks. They’re hacks because they’re so good you’re going to wonder why you didn’t use them to make time management much easier. Y’know, just like a good hack should.
Great Time Management Hacks for Twenty Somethings
1. Organize your goals by priority and value with a checklist.
If there’s something you need to do regardless of anything else, do that first. Now. Full stop. In fact, make a list—a checklist of sorts. It’s the oldest hack after all.
Having a checklist helps you organize your goals by visualizing them. Then, as you finish them, you can literally cross them off. If you’re a scatterbrain, this is a great way to keep yourself focused on your goals.
2. Finish that One Important Task today.
That One Important Task is waiting for you to finish it. So, just go for it. Work on that task before you do anything else—you’d be surprised by how inspired you feel to finish everything else once you’re done.
3. Time is always money.
Have a task that’ll literally pay you more than another? Get that done first so you can get paid. Trust me—it’s worth it.
If you’re working on a project that pays, let’s say, $500 for the week and you’re doing something else that pays nothing, it’s a no brainer to what you should actually finish. After all, you’re not going to make money doing nothing.
4. Set a hard deadline within your limits.
If you know you can finish something in less time than you actually do, set a deadline within that time frame. You’d be surprised at how quickly you’ll finish that task.
5. Pre-plan before you start working AKA always have a plan.
There’s really no avoiding it—plan before you work. If you have a set plan, you’ll know what you’re doing.
That way, you won’t waste any time.