The Best Time Management Techniques From 4 Busy Millennials

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You’ve probably scanned through every time management article there is out there, yet you clicked this because you’re still struggling to apply these techniques to your schedule. The truth is, everyone has their own time management techniques. What works for you may not work for someone else because you have a unique set of responsibilities.

In an ideal world, we would all complete our work without losing focus. *snaps back to reality* From the incessant buzzing of our phones to the daily human interruptions, our attention is constantly being taken away from us. How can we get any work done?

My mission is simple: to empower you to do all the things you love. A huge part of that involves helping you manage your time for maximum productivity.

I caught up with a few multipotentialites who are juggling a gazillion projects and actively carving their own path. From managing a content team for a software company to being a freelance writer and teaching an online course, these millennials do it all! Some also have taking care of kids and other personal obligations in their workload. They are the clear illustration that you don’t have to narrow down your career choices, but rather master productivity so as to make time for them all.

Read on to learn their best time management techniques. I hope you find them useful!

Mary Juett

Responsibilities

positive lifestyle focused blog where I share ideas, recipes, events, and anything that makes me smile or that I think could make some one else smile or lead a more positive life.

I’m a homeschooling mom. I work from home on my blog (currently full time hours). I lead my girls 4H club. I teach art at our homeschool co-op, and I’m a military spouse. I run solo with all of this sometimes. I have my Masters degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. I aspire to be a life coach, and I’m constantly learning more about blogging. Did I mention I love to cook from scratch for just about every meal? (yeah, where’s the time for that?!)

Time Management Tips

Bullet Journaling
This one thing has changed my time management completely. With my bullet journal I always have my schedule, notes,  6-month planner and ideas with me at all times. It helps me maintain priority tasks on my to-do list. I’ve learned to prioritize by crossing off things that aren’t all that important or productive.
Managing the kids
There are a few options:
1. Trade babysitting/play dates. You’ll get more focused time to work this way, even if you end up with someone else’s kid(s) for a day. I’d much rather have focused time than rereading the same paragraph for an hour due to frequent interruptions.
2. If the kids are older like mine I can set time limits. For 30 minutes I’m going to work and they will play independently, then for 30 minutes they’ll get my attention for schoolwork or fun stuff. This has been a great method of balance for me.
Saying no – If your plate is full, it’s okay to refuse to add more to it. It’s easier to manage your time for fewer tasks, not to mention your quality will improve on those tasks. It’s also okay to drop projects that aren’t benefitting you, that you don’t have a specific contract or obligation to complete.
Taking breaks – Get up, walk around, stretch, close your eyes for a bit, grab a snack, do something fun, run an errand, then get back to work. I come up with some of my best ideas during breaks. Giving yourself a break will improve your creativity and productivity.

Edwin Covarrubias

Responsibilities

I am a blogger and podcaster from California. I studied engineering until I realized that the work was not fulfilling. I then spent years in Mexico and South America learning to earn money online as I went along. From building websites and teaching English and Spanish, to translating at hospitals in Peru and flipping burgers in a street cart in Ecuador, I pretty much don’t mind putting in the work to learn something new.

Now I make ends meet through freelancing: making websites for clients (and by selling on Amazon) while trying to build an audience through blogging/podcasting, and managing a budding social media company in Central and South America.

Time Management Tips

Waking up early
You get more hours in the day when you don’t sleep in.
Setting clear daily goals
Finish a blog post, edit an audio file, redesign a certain page? I write them down and prioritize to get them done.
Uninstalling notifications on your phone
Twitter, Facebook, Buffer.. they all seem to beep at all times so I just turned off the notifications when I need to focus because I want to eliminate distractions.
Christina Ropp, 29
Responsibilities
I am a mother of a 3-month old and a 3-year old. I live in Alaska and work full-time as a clinical therapist and a newbie part-time blogger.

Time Management Tips

Keeping a daily planner

 I use it to schedule appointments, set out tasks and goals to achieve for the day, and plan ahead for the future.

Obtain help with smaller tasks when possible

For example, I hire a housekeeper to come bi-weekly on Fridays so that when I come home from work on those days, I don’t have to worry about the house and can focus on my blog for the weekend or any other task that needs to be accomplished.

Rochelle Jansen, 24

Responsibilities
I am a copywriter for an online marketing company, I also do freelance work as well as focus on my blog and write a book. It is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle without the extra work and income.

Time Management Tips

Limit time on social media

If it is not for the cause of work, research or blog related.

Go through emails in the morning then write a to-do list

It helps me organize my schedule throughout the day.

Read more: How to Maximize Your Time and Be More Productive

What are your best time management techniques? Please share them in the comments.

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12 Comments

    • I’m so glad to hear this Fatima!! I’m currently writing a guide with a lot more stories and tips like these. It’s coming out next week and I think you’ll find it useful too 🙂

  1. Great post! My time management technique is to prioritize a few task daily, also remember to prioritize task that I love to do or are useful for my life objective, over the things I have to do. Another point is to have monthly goals, a few, 1 or 2 and focus on them.
    Thanks!

    • Listing my monthly goals has worked really well for me! It allowed me to visualize what needs to get done and stay focused. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Brilliant list! And so great to hear from other women going through it as well 😅

    Having a cleaner come in once a week has drastically improved my time management. The expense was worth it because I gained so much time back in not having to clean, AND not having to worry about not having cleaned lololol

    • Haha I can imagine! I should start outsourcing these tasks too. Glad you find the tips useful Zakiya 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing these ideas. I already really love my bullet journal, and I think it would be interesting to apply Edwin’s idea of setting clear daily goals to the system I already have in place.

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