2022 New Year’s Resolutions to Better Manage Your Time

Find a new year's resolution that will actually stick, and make you better at your job (and managing your time)!

If you're anything like me, it’s been difficult for you to come up with a new year's resolution that will really stick — while making you better at managing your busy schedule. 

You’re likely trying to find something that’s practical and attainable, but will it really make a difference. Over are the days of exaggerated and unrealistic resolutions.

That’s why I decided to put together a list of some realistic resolutions that can be incorporated into your work life in the new year while making you more productive, organized and better at managing your time. 

Treat your calendar app like your best friend

Using your calendar properly, regularly and efficiently truly is the blueprint for managing your time and schedule better. A goal of mine for the new year is to make better use of my calendar app. Some of the things I plan on doing include time blocking (to keep me on task, productive and accountable), scheduling time for breaks (to support my mental health and wellbeing) and centralizing all my calendars in one (to omit the chaos of multiple calendar apps and better manage my time). My goals may or may not resonate with you, but I invite you to try them out and see if they support you as you return to work in 2022.

Try saying no

It isn’t common for employees to want to say no when they are asked to do something by their colleagues, management, peers, etc. As humans, we tend to want to help and make a positive impact wherever we go. But, no one likes or performs well when they are overwhelmed and overbooked. With that, I challenge you to learn to say no this year. It’s better to say no when you know you don’t have the time or mental capacity to complete a task, rather than cram work in and feel overwhelmed and stressed while doing so. When possible, vocalize with your peers and leaders when you are over your work limit and should not take on additional work. Here’s to making us feel empowered while still maintaining relationships at work and succeeding in other responsibilities.

Avoid multitasking

We often have this urge to do multiple things at once with the goal of getting more done in a shorter amount of time. What I’ve learned is this often leads to an overwhelmed mind and lower quality work. This year, try to focus on one task at a time and give it your best effort. When that’s done, clear your mind and move on to the next. You’ll be surprised at the quality of your work and will likely even notice it isn’t slowing you down either.

Create a daily routine in your calendar

One of the keys to better managing our time is to come up with a routine schedule. I’ve followed daily routines before and they’ve worked. As I enter 2022, my intention is to continue doing this but to be more practical and understand what I can realistically achieve in a day. Nothing’s worse than overbooking yourself and feeling disappointed for not accomplishing everything. My first step will be to prioritize the essential things I need to get done during the day (for work and my personal life), then discover the gaps in my schedule. I’ll plan to put aside some time each morning to read before looking at my calendar, encourage myself to get outside at lunch and close the day off by outlining what I’m proud of for the day.

Tip: it may help to set a regular time (weekly, monthly, etc.) to plan your routine or schedule. I do mine on Sunday mornings as I gear up for the week.

Plan time for yourself

There’s no doubt that work life balance is important. Although it may seem difficult to achieve in demanding and high stress jobs, achieving a healthy work life balance will keep you motivated, productive and happy at work and in your personal life. In 2022, try to allot more time in your calendar to activities that bring you joy like spending time with friends and family or keeping yourself healthy with physical activity. In addition to my work tasks and responsibilities, I plan on scheduling breaks in my calendar to avoid burnout and I plan on dedicating times during the day as “work-only time” and “personal time”. This will keep me on task when I need to be while allowing me to periodically recharge — ultimate balance!

Organize to-do lists

The key to a clear mind and productive week for me is a thorough (but, practical!) to-do list. Before each day or week (whatever suits you better), jot down what you need to get done and keep track of your progress. It can also help to organize them by priority so that you’re reminded of what's most important and the tasks that only need to be done if you have time. I use my to-do list to mentally prepare myself for the workweek and personally I love being able to cross things off my list. It holds me accountable at work and gives me a sense of accomplishment when done.

I’m looking forward to staying on top of my calendar in 2022 so that I can manage my schedule better than ever before. Interested in following in my footsteps? Nook Calendar will be your best friend and you can download it in seconds for free!

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