It doesn't matter how old you are or what job you have, time management probably isn't your strong suit. There's just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Of course, we all have the same 24 hours given to us in which some people tend to get more done than other people do. There are some things you can do that will make you more productive throughout the day too.
Start off Right
Madison reminds us that we can't expect to lay around every day and get things done. You need to use all the hours you're given to get up and start out early. As you do so, it's equally as important to keep everything in perspective. When you crack under pressure you're letting the fear of loss overwhelm you, causing a physical, emotional, and spiritual breakdown. To avoid this, you should think about the three things that bring you a lot of stress on a regular basis and strive to put them into proper perspective.
It's also a good idea to give each day a theme. It's up to you to decide what these themes are – based on your needs and the job you do but in this way you're able to compartmentalize what's going on in your life without becoming bogged down by the details. By focusing on one theme per day or one problem at a time you're more focused as compared to when you multi-task.
Create a Schedule
Now that you're up out of bed and focused on your theme for the day, it's time to create a schedule. In doing so you need to balance the short-term with the long-term, even though you also want to be future oriented. As crazy as this may sound, it simply means that you want to balance your short-term objectives with your long-term goals. To do this you'll need to look at the things that pay off in the short runand balance the time you spend on these things with those with longer-term returns.
When it comes to the future Huffington Post says you need to stop looking back at the past. Dreaming about the past only stops you from getting anything done. As such, the only thing you need to remember about the past is how it will affect you in the present and in the future. So stop looking back wishing things were different. Stop playing the victim game and start focusing on "living in the now" and the future. This should give you a sense of urgency, especially since there's a limited amount of time in a day, week, month, year, and lifetime so you can't afford to constantly procrastinate. Instead, you should go after things with a sense of urgency – as if there's no tomorrow.