Hello, wanderers! How has life been for you? Right now, it’s a little busy for me (at the time of writing). However, one of the summer projects that I’ve been most happy with is learning better time management. Here are some things I’ve learned!
- Keep your plans in one place. Having a bunch of to do lists all over the place won’t help you!
- Figure out what your life goals are. Knowing what your big picture vision is saves you from lots of rabbit trails that vaguely interest you but won’t help you achieve your dreams.
- If you have a big event coming up…
Do this: write down every task you must do for the event, add up all the time it will take you to do it, and if your tasks exceed your time, then delete, delegate, delay, or diminish (reduce) some of the tasks.
- make life categories. Of everything in your life, what are 5-6 most significant roles you have? For me, I have Educator, Artist, Self, Family, and Community. These represent big life commitments that take up my time. The small goals–like exercise, building a website for my art, or writing blog posts–go under these banners.
- choose goals for each life categories. And don’t be afraid to have big goals! Look back on your goals often. Maybe you have a life category called “Writer,” and your goal is to get published in Poetry Magazine 10 times, or sell a million books. When you know what you’re working towards, these goals will motivate you to succeed.
- budget your time. this might be the best lesson: each week has 168 hours. After that, how will you use your time? Just like space, time is limited. With your life categories in mind, divide up your weekly schedule so you have a certain number of hours per week devoted to everything you value: work, family, health, and so on. That way, you can structure your weeks as in blocks of time and switch out the time blocks if something unexpected comes up.
How do you manage your time? Is there any timesaving tip you can’t live without?
Until next time,
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As someone with multiple notebooks and journals laying around, I can totally attest to having all your ideas in one place, or at least a very well-indexed journal that helps you stay organised. Putting things down on paper really does help you work your thoughts out too. Anyway, thanks for this post!
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Absolutely! I love your input! Having things in one place is a definite struggle for me–as well as staying focused on one task at a time, but it really helps! Great ideas, thank you 🙂