Time management is a topic that I just love to think about,
talk about, write about, even dream about. Call me weird but I like studying
how productive people can be in a day or how much time people waste
unproductive they can be. Now, I am definitely not saying that I am the queen of
time management, but if you are weird like me like this topic, here are some tips I have found over the years that work. (And no, I am not
productive every day or anything like that, but these tips do help).
A Working Agenda.
Yep. However you want, as long as you understand it. It can be
a calendar on your desk, an app on your phone or whatever works for you. Just
make sure it is tangible. Physical. As much as you think you may be able to
keep a calendar in your mind, you probably will forget an appointment here and
the first few minutes of your day planning your day.
Okay, so maybe not the first few minutes; those may be devoted
to coffee and nothing else. But at least somewhere near the beginning of your
day take some time to plan your day. What do you need/want to accomplish? This
is where the to-do list may come out (at least it does for me). Here is an
example of my “to do” list on any given day:
-spend time with my kids
-spend time with my husband
-clean the bathrooms
Okay, that is very generic. Usually it’s more specific like,
“play Clue with my kids” or “do Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred level 2” or
“write an article about how to breed pit bulls” You get the picture though. The
more specific, the better!
Out Distractions As Needed.
What distracts you? I know a messy floor full of Thomas the train
toys is my ultimate distraction. Or a laundry basket full of clean clothes to
be folded is up there too. And of course that spider climbing up the wall isn’t
helping my productivity. Oh and Facebook and my email are always distracting
enticing me.However, when it’s
time to be productive, it’s time to eliminate distractions. And for me that
either means cleaning up Thomas the train real quick (or just leaving the room
so I don’t see them), killing the spider, turning off my phone and buckling
down to get to work (as my gramps would say).
Off your List.
There is something about checking things off a list…it makes
me so happy. Sometimes I will add things to my list after I have accomplished them just for the mere satisfaction of the
checkmark! Anyone else do this? For example, the other day I added “dishes,” “sweep
porch” and “clean the boy’s bathroom toilet” after the fact just to make me feel
There is something about checking
off the list that makes you feel accomplished! Make sure you don’t forget this
Okay, these are my best tips. What
do you think? What are your best time management tips? Do tell!