Tips to manage time & increase productivity

‘Where did the day go!?’ has been a common refrain for all of us, if not daily then at least 3-4 times a week. With a larger number of roles that we’re juggling daily – especially in these times of pandemic and lockdown – lack of time is a feeling that pinches every one of us.

Does that mean the ones who manage to squeeze in ‘a lot’ in a single day are better than us?

They just have unique strategies of managing their time – strategies tried and tested over a period of time that have proven their effectiveness. There are scores of ‘time management’ books available in the market that speak of these strategies and their benefits.

But I’m a tad bit old school that way. In some matters, I prefer to speak to and get tips from someone who juggles as many (if not more) roles like every other person and still manages to squeeze in 30-odd things in a day.

• break down your tasks, a daily to-do list is better than a long-term to-do list
• make an achievable list and keep ticking off tasks when you finish them
• it’s okay not to finish off every task on the same day. If you can do more, brilliant! you’re cutting off from tomorrow’s to-do list
• be strict with yourself but don’t be harsh; some days are better than others

Juhi Bansal is one such person – mother, wife, blogger, traveller, educationist and reader (just a few things she excels at), Juhi is a whiz at time management. And that was reason enough for me to invite Juhi to be the person to kick off my Instagram live sessions. Here’s a video of the chat we had some time ago – ignore the bloopers (first IG live by yours truly) and take notes from Juhi’s life book.

If you’ve enjoyed the conversation with Juhi, then do check out her interview Of blogging, influencing & growing. You can also follow her on Instagram (click here) or subscribe to her blog Closet Buddies.

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