You won't be able to find your dream career or job if you feel there’s not enough time in the day. 

To be able to master your next career transition, you have to be able to master your life right now, and that begins with good time management. 

 

We’ve put together some time strategies to help you master your time and productivity, so you can look at your to do lists and feel happy, not stressed.

 

1. Always have a plan 

 

One of the biggest time management mistakes we often experience is doing whatever comes your way, instead of having exact times when you will do certain things in your week. Discipline and planning are necessary if you want to achieve your career goals. Try and have a weekly review session where you review what you’re doing each day of the week and schedule it into your calendar. 

 

2. Set boundaries for Social Media, Family Time and Personal Time

 

Social Media has become such big part of our lives that we often forget to take time to enjoy life and be in the present. Take a break from the internet and carefully guard a day, Sunday for example, for family time. It’s important to realise what your priorities are and to guard that time as much as possible. 

 

3. Categorise your time

 

One of the most important time management habits is to categorise your time. Write down the tasks you do at work and then highlight those tasks that really are going to get you promoted, up your salary, or make you more happy at work. This is time to focus on, so try to devote entire days to this if possible. 

 

As in all our lives we must set aside time for administrative stuff. We have to do this whether we like it or not, but these items don't necessarily focus on the results of your job and don’t always lead to quick successes. 

 

Finally, as mentioned above, there must always be a spot in your calendar for personal time, hobbies and family. Planning personal time into your schedule will make you more effective in your career. 

 

4. Batch your time 

 

Batching is when you group similar tasks into blocks of time. During this time you’ll have no distractions. Did you know that every time you are distracted, it takes 15 minutes to regain complete focus again? 

 

Try looking at your emails or social media at certain times of the day. Shut off your distractions and only work on your job searching efforts.

 

5. Remember your calendar doesn't control you

 

This comes from the idea that you are where time comes from. You can make as much of it as you want. Shifting to this way of thinking will help productivity, creativity and enjoyment. Once you acknowledge that you are the source of your own time, stress will disappear. 

 

6. Discipline is required to achieve career goals

 

When you want to sleep in or go to bed early during an important career change or job search, remind yourself, a little bit of discipline will separate you from the rest. It doesn't require that much time, it’s just sometime and that is where your discipline comes into play. 

 

7. Free up your time 

 

Because your career goals are so important right now and are really going to determine the rest of your future and happiness, you need to be very focused and selfish with your time management. Just because your sister wants you to babysit and you are unemployed does not mean that you can babysit. Your full-time job needs to be job searching. 

 

8. Give yourself a morning ritual 

 

The first thing you do in the morning shouldn't be to check your emails. Most likely it will ruin your entire day. No one should have to wake up like that. 

 

Instead exercise, plan, meditate or whatever will help you change your outlook on the day ahead. 

 

9. Wake up earlier 

 

Talking of morning rituals, people usual make their best decisions and do their best work first thing in the morning.

 

10. Find your best time 

 

Not everyone can jump out of bed in the mornings and merrily skip to work. Not everyone can do his or her best work from 1am - 4am. When are you the most focused? Morning, afternoon or night?

 

Don't spend your best time watching tv or mindlessly scrolling through social media. Spend your best time focusing on what is the most important thing for you right now - job searching and getting your career unstuck. 

 

 

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