Two of My Favorite Benefits of Good Time Management

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2018
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At the beginning of every new year, we’re bombarded with products, services, tips, and advice to help us better manage our time, increase our productivity, and GET MORE DONE.

That’s all fine and good… until you become a workaholic, constantly trying to be more productive, simply so you can do more and more and more! 

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I talk a lot about time management and productivity on the blog, and that’s because it IS important to me — but NOT just so I can do more.

In fact, as the years go by, I’ve realized that simply “doing more” is rarely the reason I strive to better manage my time. Of course, it’s always nice to accomplish more in less time… but my favorite benefits of good time management are quite different.

Benefit #1. My days are SO much less stressful and chaotic.

My ability to manage my home, my family, my business, my Virtual Assistant work, and the 8 thousand other little details I tackle on a daily basis would most likely be impossible without decent time management.

However, managing everything I do without feeling stressed out or like my life is totally chaotic requires really good time management.

Yes, there are days when things seem to go haywire and I’m ready for a nap by 10:30am, but those types of days are not normal. I rarely ever feel over-loaded or stressed out, nor do I worry how I will accomplish everything I need to accomplish in a day.

I make manageable to-do lists, I plan ahead, I say no when I can’t (or don’t want to) do something, and I diligently work to be a good steward of my time (no social media, TV, or other mindless activities for me when other things need to happen).

As a result, my family and I enjoy a less stressful, less chaotic life.

We don’t need to rush to get out the door on time, we don’t argue about what to wear or what’s for breakfast because it’s planned out the night before, I rarely forget or misplace things, I don’t resort to fast food for dinner night after night because our meals are almost always planned out and ready ahead of time, and we all get to bed on time.

Benefit #2. I have more time for the things I actually WANT to do.

When I properly manage my time each day, I finish the tasks I NEED to do faster and with less energy… leaving me more time and energy to do the things I WANT to do.

I have time to go take the kids for a walk or read one more book, I have time to work on my digital photo books, I have time to watch a movie on Netflix, I have time to chat with a friend or neighbor, I have time to go to bed early or take a catnap with Clara.

Of course, I could simply do all the things I WANT to do first while putting off the things I NEED to do, but that won’t help me long-term… and it definitely won’t reduce the amount of stress or chaos in my home and life (see Reason #1 above).

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There are many other benefits of good time management, but for me, at this point in my life, less stress and more time for things I want to do are 2 VERY motivating reasons for me to diligently manage my time as well as I can!

What benefits have you noticed when you work to better manage your time?

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4 comments

  1. Ann

    01/10/2018

    I think your Time Management posts are some of my favorites! Thanks so much! Great points!

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  2. Mara

    01/10/2018

    Great post, thanks so much, Andrea! LOVE your posts, always inspirational! I haven’t commented since before the holidays, so hello from WI! Hope you are all doing well 🙂

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  3. Heidi

    01/10/2018

    I’ve noticed that I just FEEL better when I manage my time. When I push myself to a deadline and procrastinate, I’m tired, grumpy, and just don’t feel well. It’s so much better when I’m in control of it and working ahead.

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  4. Ashley

    01/10/2018

    So well stated! The why behind our motivation for anything is the most important. If our why is off, the how won’t stick. With two small children of my own, your whys totally resonate with me!

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