9 Time Management Techniques and Tips

If blogging has taught me one thing, it's how to juggle several responsibilities in a productive way. Whether I'm planning outfits, meeting with brands, writing a post, or long-term planning, I rely on time management techniques that I've tested along the way. Since it's always nice to find systems or tips for managing time, I wanted to share mine with you guys! Here's what I like to do to maximize my days:

1. Dreaded tasks first

This isn't the most fun to put into play, but the level of helpfulness is worth it to me.Β  Instead of having it linger in the back of my mind and waste time doing basically anything else, I like to get dreaded things out of the way first. Once it's done, I tend to get through everything else more quickly and I'm not anxious about it.

2. Find the hours that work for you

I've heard that it's great to get up early to knock things out, but that doesn't always suit my personality or schedule. I tend to be productive at night, so if I have a lot going on, I'll schedule my day to favor that. I think it's important to find the pockets of your day when you like to focus, and manage your schedule around that. If you're not your best in the morning, that's a good time to get mindless tasks or chores crossed off, and save work for later in the day. Or vice versa if you're a morning person!

3. Single task

I talked about the Pomodoro Technique in this post, and it's very helpful for managing time. I find that focusing on one thing at a time is a crucial way to stay on task without wasting time. Plus, it helps your brain to be more efficient when it's only tasked with one thing at a time. This tip includes turning off your phone or any distractions (hi, Snapchat) :)

4. Track your time

This is a cool thing to do when you're trying to plan out your days. Use a timer when working on something to get an idea of how long each repetitive task actually takes – like a blog post. I know that my blogging tips articles take longer than others, so I'm able to plan more time in my day for them. I find that scheduling your day in pockets around how long tasks take is amazing for time management.

5. Sleep

Getting enough sleep is something proper time management relies on for me. If I'm tired, everything takes me longer the next day – plus I'm out of it. If I have full energy, I have better focus and can cross things off my list a lot easier and faster. Prioritize your sleep – even if you don't think you have time for it! – and it'll definitely pay off. I shoot for 6-8 hours personally.

6. Schedule social

I rely on scheduling certain social media posts – usually ones surrounding a specific blog post –Β  for a couple reasons. First, it eliminates me leaving another task to go post, and secondly, my mind is already concentrating on that blog post. For example, this blog post: instead of waiting until it goes live (in a couple days in this case), I'll go ahead and schedule 2 tweets and 1 Facebook post when I'm done writing. My social posts end up being more relevant to the blog post and I love that it's one less thing to remember when the article goes live.

7. Ask for clarity

I've started delegating tasks I'm not great at which has been a lifesaver. I've also started asking for clarity in certain situations instead of guessing what someone means in an email or campaign requirements. It gets rid of time trying to interpret what someone wants or needs, and I don't blow time doing work that isn't right.

8. Store passwords

This is one of those sneaky, hidden time constrictors. Instead of not remembering my password to every login, I now actually keep track of them! There are apps for it (LastPass is what I use), or you can store them in a way that works for you. This little trick has saved me tons of time. Simple but effective.

9. Take time off

I feel like this is key for all things in life and maybe it seems like an oxymoron to the idea of managing time, but it's so important! If you're not taking time away from work or mundane tasks, you'll get burnt out and won't use your time well anyways. Like sleep, taking time to do things you love and that are opposite of work is necessary! And do yourself a favor and don't always schedule off-time – that can feel like work. Instead, I like to see how I'm feeling and assess whether or not I need time away or a little self-love – then make time for it.

I hope some of these tips work for you! Have you used any before? Do you have any other ideas for me?

xx Brittany

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  1. La Bijoux Bella | by mia October 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Great tips and ideas of keeping time and making the most out of our days! :)

    Merci for sharing! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

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  2. Davida October 26, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Great tips! This was right on time for me. I’m a blogger as well and sometimes I find myself drowning and feeling like I don’t have enough time. Thanks for the post!

    http://www.vidafashionista.com

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  3. Sabina October 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

    I agree with all your points above – it can definitely get overwhelming when trying to fit so much in a day! Taking time off leaves me refreshed and ready for the next tasks :)

    Sabina | http://www.IveGotSunshine.com

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  4. Taylor October 26, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Love all of these tips!
    I can definitely relate that I get more done in the evenings then I do in the morning!
    xo.
    http://www.itswhatsin.com

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  5. Ariadna Morell October 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Totally agree with these! Getting enough sleep is so important, when I am not well rested I’m not productive at all! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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  6. Sheree October 26, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing your blogging tips and techniques as always. Those are super useful and helpful for fresh bloggers and seasoned bloggers alike, we can all learn something new each day.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
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  7. Amy October 26, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Great tips, try to incorporate all of them but sometimes life gets the best of us! You’re a total inspiration though since you juggle SO much and manage to get it all done – thanks for sharing!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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  8. Taylor Manuian October 26, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Great Post! These tips are seriously so helpful and practical! What do you use to schedule your social media posts? I would love to use something because those do take a long time after putting the post up.

    xo,
    Taylor

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  10. Steal4Style October 27, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I’ve always had problems with managing with time, so thanks a lot for this post. It’s so useful, plus makes me see I’m not the only one having these problems. Have a nice day!

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  11. Jasmine K October 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

    This is a great post! We have all been trying to learn time management since school days but sometimes it takes a little more effort. I love the Pomodoro technique and it works great. I always thought I was a little odd for being the most productive at night. Thank god I don’t have a 9-5, because the genius only comes out during the evening. Ha! Hope you have a great weekend!

    – Jasmine K
    http://www.myeunoia.com

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  12. Elizabeth October 27, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these great time management tips <3 :) It's definitely hard to try to balance everything, but with some dedication and hard work, I think it's definitely possible! Now if only we had a few more hours in the day hahaha! :D Hope you're having a great week!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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  13. Tania October 28, 2016 at 12:27 am

    These are surprisingly great tips! I definitely need to get rid of dreaded tasks first rather than procrastinating them for as lon gas I can. This might be a noob question, but what do you use to schedule twitter/fb posts?

    xx freshfizzle

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  14. Shelbi October 31, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the helpful tips! I’m really interested in the LastPass app because I swear my passwords will be the death of me some day!

    Shelbi

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  16. Meira November 3, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Loved these tips. Especially the one about scheduling social media posts after writing the article. Definitely going to give that a try! Thanks for sharing Brittany xx

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  17. nicka November 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

    I work in a similar way. I work better at night so I schedule towards that and I also love taking time off when I feel I’m not being productive enough that day. If it starts off bad usually it’s not worth swimming against the current and I just do a day off =) The password bit is the only one that alarms me a bit because storing them online is always a risk, but everyone knows what’s the best for them. Always love reading your posts and I get to all of them but maybe a little later than I would like. Love the reads.

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  18. Chelsea March 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Love this! I always find myself coming back to this article when I’m in need of some productivity tips.

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  19. DOUBLE N SISTERS June 23, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing your blogging tips Brittany. We found them really helpful. πŸ‘­πŸ˜˜

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  20. Matic June 28, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Good tips! There are some very nice apps to make it easier to manage time effectively, but indeed using too many of them can result in time wasting. :)

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