Struggling with time management? Here are 6 productivity hacks to create a schedule that will stick
You’re not the first person to feel that lately, time has been an unreal phenomenon. What used to be neatly segregated pockets of hours, minutes and even seconds—between practicing meditation or yoga, getting dressed for work, grabbing breakfast, and commuting—have been morphed into a long (and at times messy) chain of entangled events within the confines of our homes, courtesy of the ongoing pandemic. Zoom calls now merge with our morning snack, waist-up dressing leaves us with a part-real sense of professionalism, and 12-hour workdays no longer feel unusual.
Washington DC-based digital productivity coach Deb Lee says, “When you work from an office, each day has a routine and perhaps a particular ‘feel’. There’s a structure around what you do and when you do it. When you work remotely, that feel and structure can seem more nebulous.” So, how do you make time feel real again? Turns out, there are tips and tricks to avoid the dissatisfaction that arises when you fail to meet that overambitious to-do list that you crafted in your weekend reveries, or when you simply can’t get a grasp of time allocation. Here are Lee’s recommended techniques to help you create a realistic schedule—one that is bound to stick.
Set work hours
Don’t go overboard with your working hours because you “might as well” now that your social life has taken a hiatus. The pattern can be insidious and is bound to burn you out in the long run. Set fixed hours to start and end work on any given day and stay committed to those hours. This will also most likely mean that you will have to set fixed timings for yourself to wake up and go to bed, according to Lee.