How do you feel about time management? I feel the same about that as I do about exercise. A necessary evil. Necessary to manage and track. Evil in that is takes effort and creativity.
I read Laura Vanderkam's book, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, late last year. I was smitten! I tracked my time using her time log. I even typed up a study guide of the book to keep me on target. Alas, I was finding that time was still slipping away.
When she reached out a few months ago asking about reviewing her new ebook, I jumped at the chance!
You might be asking yourself, "Why should I read this ebook over her 168 Hours book?" My answer is to read both, but start with the ebook. It is shorter and easier to digest.
She had some very honest points that really hit home.
- Our lives are built upon hours. What you accomplish will be a function of how you spend those hours.
- Most of us fritter away those hours as if they were infinite.
- Boasting about the amount of time we spend on work has become a way to demonstrate how devoted we are to our jobs.
Things you can do to better track and manage your time:
1) Keep a time log (just like a food log). TRACK where you spend your time, at least during working hours. Tally up the totals & study them!
2) Carve out time to PLAN what you would like to accomplish in the coming week. Back half of a Sunday is the perfect time.
3) PACE yourself. Planning your time and weeks will lead to great projects and goals. Use to do lists as a contract, not just a reminder of what you should be doing.
4) LIMIT your daily to do list. Life will come at you in all sorts of directions. Be choosy. Learn to value your yes. Limit what you absolutely need to get done.
5) KNOW what is work and what just looks like work. Email is the biggest chameleon (in my opinion).
6) Implement HIGH TEA. The afternoon slug is common for everyone. Take a break around 3:30PM to get up and get the blood moving. Grab some coffee (or tea). Take a brisk walk. This will help you focus through to 5pm.
7) REPLACE activities that you don't enjoy with activities that you do enjoy. This goes back to being choosy.
I for one will be practicing numbers 2, 4, and 6. I'm constantly looking for ways to better manage myself and my time. I want to accomplish a lot in any given day and week; there is enough time for everything (family, work, blog, exercise, hobbies) but it all comes down to choice.
Where do I choose to spend my time. With who. On what.
Do you currently implement any of these suggestions? If so, how is it working for you?
Until next time...