Hello everyone, its Matt and I’m back! It’s blog “time” again, and today’s topic will be “time.” First, how can you not love an opportunity to quote the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland? The entire quote goes like this: “I’m late; I’m late for a very important date. No time to say ‘Hello, Goodbye’ I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” I know EXACTLY how he feels! How about you?
“Time” management is important to us all because, try as we might, we are capped at 24 hours a day. And often we don’t have enough “time” to do all that we need to get done. Or so we think! That’s when it’s “time” to look at whether it is a “time” question or a “time” management question. (I “love” this stuff!!) Let’s hope for number 2; we can fix that!
Okay, Google time again. This time, when you Google “Time Management” you get 1,560,000,000 results! That is absolutely incredible. First time management tip: Don’t try to read 1,560,000,000 Google results!
While there are more than a few gems in that list, I have a few thoughts myself, so here goes:
- Figure out what really has to be done now, and what can wait a while. Sounds easy, but sometimes it’s not. Take a look at the matrix in my Stress blog (shameless attempt to get you to read my other blogs!) I would start with the Important/Can Control group and go from there.
- Make a list, no kidding write it down; put it in your phone/iPad. Put it someplace where you can check off things as they get done. List the amount of time you think each will take. Tip: if you exceed 24 hours, redo the list!
- See if you realistically can do all that you perceive to need to do that day. If not, see if getting assistance will help. It may not; a lady can have a baby in 9 months, but 9 ladies cannot have a baby in a month. If “help will help” then get it. If not, refine your list.
- Look at your list and decide what item is the most distasteful/unappealing to you and do that first. Too easy to postpone something at the end of the day if you don’t want to do it in the first place.
- Do the list! Planning is great, but time management also includes actually completing what it is you need to do!
- Last step, we’re human, we won’t get everything done every day, see what isn’t going to make it and …………make tomorrow’s list!
One important point to remember is to schedule/leave time for yourself too. There will always be tasks to perform, but you need to unwind and recharge to be able to do them.
That’s it for now, we’ll see if this one gets me fired from the blog team, if not I’ll be back next time.
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