Style MBA is a lifestyle blog on the business of fashion, beauty, décor, and travel, created by Sara Azani. An MBA graduate with a background in marketing and business, Sara couples her business acumen with a love for fashion and design. Her mission is to share rare finds with her readers to make fashion both aspirational and attainable. She resides in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., but travels the globe (and often to NYC) to help curate looks from mainstream fashion brands to the small upstart boutique. Sara recently married in Napa, and her husband, a CEO of an agency that represents Grammy Award–winning recording artists, shares her love for travel and food. You can read more about Sara’s journey to blogging full-time on StyleMBA.com.
Hectic schedules are part of life. Managing time and striking that perfect (or often imperfect) balance between work, family, and friends is a constant exercise and, thankfully, something we can always get better at! Throughout my career from working a traditional 9-to-5 to running Style MBA from my home, I have learned what works best for me when it comes to time management. Here are my top five time management tips that I hope will work for you guys as well!
Hard Work Is Smart Work
You know what they say: Single-tasking is the new multitasking. Dedicating all of your focus to one task at a time boosts productivity and increases the quality of your work. The challenging part is deciding how much time to spend on each task. So prioritize with care, and you’ll get what you need to get done—with the best results possible!
Take Care of Your Health
Even among a never-ending list of things you need to get done, remember that sleep is important. Prioritizing your health, from sleep to fitness to nutrition, will allow you to stay sharp and work effectively.
Set Realistic Goals
Plan for unexpected phone calls and other interruptions in your workflow. They happen, and that’s okay. Whether you’re planning a busy day or your entire week, make sure to schedule reasonable breaks between tasks and meetings.
This is especially important for those of you who work in offices. Unless you need to use social media for business, log out during the workday! Look forward to being plugged in on your lunch break, but avoid checking Facebook and IG while you’re working; chances are you’re spending more time on these platforms than you realize.
Learn to Say No
This is especially important for those of you who work for yourselves! You’re allowed to be selective. Say no to projects that don’t seem worthwhile or that don’t align with your brand. And when it comes to time management in general, being selective is an important tool. Say no to less-than-important phone calls if you’ve hit a good stride in your workday, and say no to distractions that you can easily avoid.
Share your own productivity hacks and time management tips in the comment section below.