Being a marketer means constantly juggling multiple tasks and the pressure to keep everything organised can be overwhelming. That’s why in this article, we are going to give you the 5 key secrets to improve your time management, oh, and get ready to smash your scheduling skills with our new and free template!
1. Compile a to-do list
The first thing to do is grab a pen and paper or use a handy app on your digital device to jot down all the tasks you need to accomplish. Having a clear list helps you visualise your day and prioritise tasks. Plus, there's something incredibly satisfying about crossing items off the list as you complete them!
2. Focus on Crucial Tasks When You're Most Alert
We all have certain times of the day when our energy levels and focus are at their peak. Try looking for your most productive hours and schedule your most important tasks during these times! Whether you're a morning person or you thrive in the late hours, channel your peak energy into tackling bigger tasks that require your full attention and creativity.
3. Produce a Schedule for the Week Ahead
Planning is key to effective time management. Block out 20 minutes before you log off on a Friday afternoon to build your schedule for the next week ahead. Outline your major tasks, appointments, and deadlines for the week ahead. Having a weekly plan in place provides a roadmap for your days, helping you stay on track and avoid last-minute rushes. The team at Fabric are number 1 fans of Trello! A software that lets you plan out your week ahead, create checklists and customisable labels to keep you on track. Check out our latest template which gives you your very own Trello board here.
4. Look for Signs of Procrastination and Take Action
Procrastination is the arch-nemesis of productivity. Be mindful of the signs – excessive social media scrolling, we’re all guilty in the marketing life! When you catch yourself procrastinating, take action immediately. Identify the cause of your procrastination, break the task into smaller, manageable steps, with alarms set for short breaks and dive in. Sometimes, just starting is the hardest part.
5. Give Each Task a Time Limit
Assigning a specific time limit to each task can work wonders for your productivity. It creates a sense of urgency and prevents tasks from dragging on indefinitely. Set realistic timeframes for your tasks based on their complexity and priority. Remember, it's okay if you don't finish everything in one sitting. The key is to make consistent progress!
Managing your time can be a difficult task at times, we’ve all been there, but hopefully this article has given you some tips and tricks to successfully manage your time as a busy marketer.
Don’t forget to grab our free Trello template to get you started on improving your time management. All you have to do is sign up to Trello (if you haven’t already) and copy the template and use it in your own workspace! Gain access to the template and duplicate to make it your own, here.