I am an AVID reader of time management books and I am constantly researching new time management methods. Ever since I was 11-years old, I have studied this subject. My mother passed away when I was 12-years old but was sick a lot of my childhood. In order to help manage my household, I was home-schooled for grades six through 12. So, at a very young age, I had to learn how to manage a household, take care of myself, and get through school. Needless to say, I learned to be VERY disciplined. It was through the study of time management that I learned to be self-sufficient. 30 years of study has taught me a lot! Today's post is all about time management (as part of a series).
From paper day-planners to apps, there are literally dozens of time management tools to help you go from chaos to organized. But many of my colleagues and friends still report finding it hard to manage daily tasks; to truly stay organized AND have enough time left in the day for all the things.
Over the years I've studied several of the most popular time and task management systems, ultimately learning that NO system is perfect. We each have our own ways of staying focused.
But here are some ideas...
Individual - Is it the color, is it the layout, is it simplicity? What sorts of things motivate you to get things done? Make a list and then seek out a system that fits.
Routine - My list needs to be in front of me all of the time. If this is the case for you, choose something that you print so you can keep in front of you. Or choose a planner that fits neatly on your desk along with all the other stuff you need to have out to get your tasks accomplished. What helps you stay focused on your tasks? Write it down for clarity.
Energy - If you feel down, slumpy, or foggy-headed, you won't get things done. Instead, you'll watch YouTube videos on how to stop procrastinating and never get any actual work done. First off, check your posture. If you are slumped down in your chair, sit up straight and take a few deep breaths. Next, get some fresh air and a cold glass of water. Do what you need to do to stay energized so you can get through your work.
Accomplishments - Here is the key to feeling accomplished. Get something done...anything. If you can start by crossing a small thing off your list, you will start building momentum. Ditch the MUST DO list. As soon as you fail to do something on your MUST DO list, you set yourself up for big disappointment. So, do the easiest things first and get in a state of accomplishment...you'll start to feel like anything can be accomplished!
You probably realize by now that the time management system is not just a software for tracking and managing time. It is deeper than that and involves helping you create a sense of control. It is a construct in which you can make your life make sense. A system for motivation and forward momentum. A catalyst for energy. It is your routine for living the life of your dreams and creating an impact in this world.
Now let's hear from you! What is your time management system? Does it further your dreams and increase your impact in this world? Leave a comment for me! I'd LOVE to hear your stories.
To your Illumination,