Hey y’all! My name is Casey and I am part of The B Hive Apiary Content Team! One thing that I love about The B Hive Apiary is that we are open to offering as many resources as possible to make sure women feel confident, heard, understood, and effective in their lives.
I know it is difficult to make sure you fit in work, eating healthy, working out, hanging out with friends, drinking water, exploring nature, etc. into a short amount of time. All of us are busy. One of my favorite things that I pride myself on is my time management skills. I used to be HORRIBLE at it until I realized that I have the same number of hours in the day as Beyonce and though she has a team of helpers, I was capable of also getting my life together. The tip that really kick-started my obsession with my schedule is a task so simple that I share it with anyone who asks, and some that don’t 😊.
To get a grip on time management, I want you to literally block off events of your day in a 30-minute increment. I created a spreadsheet from 12:00 am to 12:00 am and literally marked off when I was working, when I typically work out, when I was commuting for work, eating dinner, reading, etc. I did this every day for one week. This is tedious, I know, but it helped expose holes in my calendar and helped me understand where I spend a lot of my time doing a whole bunch of nothing – hello mindless Instagram scrolling! Doing it for a full week also gives you a sense of your typical schedule overall rather than just 24 hours.
Once you are done laying out your week, you can see where time is wasted, where it can be better utilized, and if you know when you’re most productive, you can shift things around to work better for you. It also helps determine what you can overlap – do you want to listen to that podcast while you work out or while you commute? Do you want to grab lunch with a friend instead of two separate activities? Do you want to take your dog on a new hiking trail so you can incorporate working out, nature, and exercising your dog all at once? Boom. Do it.
This also helped me realize how messed up my sleep schedule used to be. As I entered my 30s, I have learned that sleep is SO IMPORTANT. Prior to getting a grip on time management, I was going to bed at different times every night, waking up at different times every day and it was very difficult for consistency. Doing this exercise helped me learn that I am most productive in the morning and I enjoy having a quiet morning time to myself.
My partner must leave for work at 5:30 am so I started waking up at the same time as him (4:45 am – I know, we’re crazy!) to ensure I can make the most of my quiet morning time. Slowly but surely, as I’ve practiced implementing my time management skills, I have taken full control of my mornings. I now wake up, have my coffee, pack my lunch for work, journal, read, meditate, and workout all before I hope in the shower at 6:45 am. Talk about seizing the day!
Another benefit that I’ve noticed is that it helps with setting boundaries around my time and helps me prioritize tasks. Don’t get me wrong, I am still spontaneous and easy-going. Every second of every day is not planned for me, however, it does give me a higher sense of control over what I can do and accomplish in a day.
Trust me when I say that all of this does not happen overnight. It takes practice and self-compassion and flexibility to experiment with trial and error as you figure out what works and what doesn’t. I did a lot of research before I started implementing this. I’m also a huge book nerd, so I read a lot of great books about habit forming and productivity. Some great resources are The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey and Atomic Habits by James Clear.
So while we’ll all busy, I am never too busy for y’all! If you have any questions or want to discuss any more tips and tricks to help you get a grip, feel free to reach out to me! I’m always happy to help! I can’t wait to hear how implementing this tip works for you! Let me know by leaving us some comments or reaching out on our Instagram!