How To Balance Your Time Management

Women generally carry a colourful load of responsibility on their shoulders. Their roles may include those of employee, boss, entrepreneur, mother, wife, girlfriend, friend, fiancé – in a mixture of any or all of the above! No wonder tons of women feel stressed all the time.

From never having enough hours in a day to devote quality time to their interests. Learn how to better balance the way you spend your time, increase the value of your output, and, in turn, stoke the success you feel in every significant role you take on.

 How To Balance Your Time Management

Time-Balance Techniques: Work Time

A study by LearnVest showed that young ambitious and successful women spend most of the waking hours in their lives out working and earning. This is why it’s extremely important to improve the way you balance your time at work.

Time management at work begins first and foremost with learning the organizational guidelines. You can identify the amount of time that you’re supposed to spend working on your work tasks. This should convince you to adhere to certain timings. In a broader sense, this should also help a working individual limit her total working time.

After checking this, you’ll find yourself working at a faster pace with complete concentration. Once an individual is aware of her own timing, she can advocate for some work time flexibility. You might be able to negotiate some hours when you can work from home and save time that you might otherwise be wasting in commuter traffic. This saved time can be utilized in other aspects of your life.

Thanks to the advancement in technological innovations, work doesn’t necessarily have to be restricted to the physical workplace anymore. Of course, though, these innovations have brought more distractions along with them.

It’s essential that you hold yourself back from wasting unnecessary time on technology. Block your social applications during working hours. During your breaks, you should be relaxing rather than Facebooking. Set up specific times to check your email inbox.

Finally, you mustn’t start off on that guilt-trip of saying “yes” to additional responsibilities that are not major tasks in your job description. If you happen to have additional hours of capacity that can be devoted to such extra tasks, you are certainly free to do so. However, do remember that you need some personal time for yourself!


Time-Balance Techniques: Family Time

LearnVest’s study also found that mothers spend half of their working hours on their children. A lot of time on the weekends involves family picnics, zoo visits, sports practice or family shopping. Some time is spent with the spouse as well with romantic candlelight dinners or movie nights. The majority of single ladies spend less time with their family and more time with friends, with their love interest or on their own.

In any case, time management tends to get difficult when you’re trying to pay attention and give time to individual family members. It’s important to plan at least one family gathering every weekend so that some time can be spent with family members.

Improve your ability to balance your family time by holding weekend gatherings like a backyard barbecue or a simple family brunch. This can be an efficient way for you to get connected with all your loving relatives and family at one location and time. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to exert all your energy and make a huge effort every week to organize these gatherings. Allocate the hosting duties to different individuals each week to mix it up a bit.

Regular changes in ambiance and menu should be fine for everyone. The expense and effort of holding such gatherings will therewith be equally distributed amongst all close family members. If you’re a workaholic or social butterfly, make sure you switch your social gadgets to silent or vibrate to avoid unexpected undercurrents.


Time-Balance Techniques: Social Time

Nowadays people tend to find their social time management a messy undertaking due to the upsurge in social media, smartphones, and Wi-Fi. Short intervals taken to check notifications can lead to hours on the Facebook newsfeed. This is why it’s critical to improve balancing your social time.

Start getting your online socializing urges under control by setting up exact times of the day and night when you may check these social platforms. Also, limit how long you spend on these apps. The ideal time to spend on these platforms is five minutes.

Schedule hangouts with colleagues after work. It’s probably most convenient for you all to get together, have snacks or drinks and chill out. Schedule hangouts with friends on Friday nights when you know you’ve had enough of your colleagues for a week. Keep it simple. If you want to organize a more personal and elaborate event at home for them, do so over long weekends or seasonal holidays.


Time-Balance Techniques: Personal (“Me”) Time

Personal (“me”) time is an essential part of everyone’s individual development. Without it, life becomes too stressful and tedious. The amount of time spent unwinding in front of the television and leafing through magazines shouldn’t be counted as “me” time.

According to LearnVest, women spend the least amount of their time each week on themselves. A regular morning routine should include fitness training. You can have a peaceful stroll, gym workout or yoga/meditation session.

Also, you could join some short (usually about 2 hours-long) weekend activity classes to increase your bandwidth of skills. Join self-defense classes, art classes, cooking classes, music classes or any other instruction on topics that fascinate you.

If you don’t want to spend extra money on active classes, learn on your own using short YouTube tutorials. If you don’t want to learn anything new, just devote up to 2 hours every day to your favorite hobbies!


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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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