Back in December I started the Goal Getter series and part two is long overdue. If you haven’t read part one, I suggest that you do that first and then come back to this one. In that post, I explain that the first step to achieving your goals in 2018 is writing them down. Habakkuk 2:2 tells us to write the vision and make it plain. I also talked about creating SMART goals and having an accountability partner. In this post I’ll be explaining the second step to achieving your goals in 2018 – using your time wisely and not procrastinating. Oh the irony…
I literally told someone the other day that procrastination is my middle name! I’m always putting things off until the last-minute. I do work well under pressure but it puts my mind and body under a lot of stress. So 2018 is the year of better time management and less procrastination.
Most of us tend to procrastinate because we view things in the future as less real or concrete. We say that we’ll do things tomorrow or the next day, or when we get done doing something else that we deem more important. In order to accomplish our goals in 2018 we have to understand that every step towards each goal is important and the more we procrastinate, the more we prolong the process. This is why the time aspect of SMART goals is so important. If you don’t place a time limit on your goals you will continue to procrastinate and put it off.
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Poor time management and procrastination go hand in hand. We all have 24 hours in a day and we need to make good use of that time. If there are things that you want to accomplish you must use your time wisely. This means waking up earlier if necessary, planning out every minute of your day, and spending less on time on things that aren’t important, such as social media. I always see so many people complaining about not having enough time in the day, but the truth is that we just aren’t managing the time that we do have well enough. Below I’ve listed a few tools that I like to use in order to manage my time wisely.
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Time Management Tools
- Calendar App
- I use Google Calendar to schedule everything! I love Google Apps because you can sign into your google account and view your calendar on any device. I love that I can create separate calendars for school, work, and blogging. I prefer this much more than the Apple calendar app.
- Sticky Notes (physical & electronic)
- I have a sticky notes app on both my phone and my laptop. I love using sticky notes on my laptop to create reminders and to do lists. I can place them right on my home screen on my laptop, and it is a constant reminder of everything that I need to do.
- To Do List App
- I also create lists almost every day on apps like Do! or Any.do
- Planners & Journals
- If you prefer physically writing your to do lists and upcoming projects or events, then you definitely need a planner and a journal.
- Buffer & Tailwind (for bloggers)
- For my bloggers out there who do not have a lot of time to spend on social media, I definitely recommend Buffer and Tailwind. With Buffer you can schedule posts for Twitter and Facebook, and schedule reminders for when to post on Instagram. I love Tailwind for scheduling for Pinterest. If you care about your reach and analytics, I definitely recommend you use it. The first two weeks I started scheduling with Tailwind, I had a 4,000% increase in average monthly viewers. You can click here to join Tailwind and receive a $15 credit when you sign up.
I hope that part two of this five-part series was helpful for you. Come back tomorrow to find out the third step to making sure you achieve your goals in 2018!
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