Busy, that seems to be where most of us live these days and even though it is our own fault we, I think, don’t really want to take responsibility for it. I know in my own life many things are going on daily with work, raising a family, and trying to accomplish several agendas at once. This can become a scheduling nightmare.
Recently I have started doing more intentional planning. Let me elaborate, I think most of us plan on a regular basis, however, and I don’t have statistics to back this up, many of us plan by necessity of events and situations. In other words, we go through our days based on the events of the moment. Perhaps at work we have to maintain a calendar and perform some planning in that task based environment but by and large most of our planning isn’t purposeful.
Another area of weakness for me is saying no. Invitations, events, whims and desires often fill up our time and when things come up that we want or sense we should do, we simply load it onto the schedule. By the end of the day we collapse from the days hectic pace.
I am learning to say no to things I may want to do in an effort to create balance, this process is ongoing and will, I realize, never attain the nirvana of perfect balance, but it will nonetheless be beneficial for me as I get better at managing my time.
Lessons I have learned so far: Write it down, spending an hour at the beginning of the week and even a couple of hours at the beginning of the month planning out my time has been very effective at helping me not to over-book my time. Previously I would try to keep it all in my head which constantly left me grappling with whether or not I had done all I needed to or wondering if I missed appointments or not.
Don’t fill every minute of every day, I have a tendency to think I can get more done than I really can in a given time slot. This inevitably promotes a sense that I am always behind and having to rush to get to the next task. More importantly we need down time for reflection, rest and preparation.
What are some of the difficulties you have in time management and what are some of the tips or methods you have adopted to manage your time more effectively?