As a result of the pandemic, Generation Z members have been left with a reality that will force them to reevaluate time. According to Pew Research Center, Gen Z consists of those born 1997-2012. Members have been subject to virtual graduations, digital learning, layoffs, and odd jobs. With its oldest members turning 24 this year, there has been a great deal of economic instability. New graduates looking for entry-level jobs are competing while unemployment is at a record high.
“A lot of jobs didn’t get back to me, and it was, kind of, shouting into the abyss, and nothing is coming back,” Naomi Parker told CNBC Make It after applying for over 30 jobs.
While many Gen Z members may feel that the world is crumbling under them, they are in the perfect position to come out on top. All it will take is developing an understanding of how to make your time and money work for you.
Here are some tips that will help you speed up productivity and benefit the most from your day.
1. Set Goals
Use the SMART method to set your goals. Always make sure your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
Please make a list of your daily task and prioritize them based on importance and urgency. Follow this formula.
- Important and urgent: Do these tasks right away.
- Important but not urgent: Decide when to do these tasks.
- Urgent but not important: Delegate these tasks if possible.
- Not urgent and not important: Set these aside to do later.
3. Create a Time Schedule.
Create a schedule for completing tasks. This will help you be focused and efficient. Start by mapping out exactly how much time you need for each task. This will help you plan for any problems that may arise.
4. Take A Break Between Tasks
Paying attention to your mental health is vital. Managing multiple responsibilities can become stressful. To avoid losing focus or becoming unmotivated, take breaks between your task. This will allow you to clear your head. I personally utilize my breaks for mediation. However, you may find comfort in journaling, taking a walk, listening to music, or taking a nap.
5. Get Organized
Your calendar is your best friend! Organize project deadlines and all associated tasks. Utilizing your calendar for long-term time management will help you plan specific days for tasks.
6. Remove Non-Essential Tasks
Excess activities will add extra stress to your day and cost you time. Focus on the significant aspects of your life that will add value to your future.
7. Plan Your Time.
Commit yourself to have a laser-like focus when you wake up set clear intentions for your daily responsibilities. A great way to micromanage this is by creating a “to-do” list before you go to bed at night.