Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How I manage my time

Hey Everyone,

I'm sure we all know managing our time is important because we've heard that it or realized it through personal experience.

I really liked how Jim Rohm explained that time management is emotional management. First, whether you're working, spending time with your family, or your friends you have to be "present". What does that mean? We can't be thinking about work while we're spending time with our family and we can't be thinking about all our family while we're at work. You have to be present and give that person or think full attention. I think that is the basics of time management then the technique follows.

This is how I manage my time:
The first thing I bought was a planner. I have a planner that helps me organize everything I need to do for the month, weeks, and per day. The planner Chris found online is pretty awesome ( This planner by far has been the most efficient. It's not pretty but it get's the job done.

First I collaborate with Chris to write down all the important dates throughout the year. Then every month we ask each other if there's any big events we should be aware of to block those day's out first. Then, at the beginning of each week (usually Sunday) I write out everything I must finish by the end of the week such as my goals, things to do, things to buy, tasks, people to see and call etc.

Then I plan my day the night before so that I know exactly what I need to do when I wake up. So, under Monday I write everything I want to do that day such as:

MONDAY (example)
email Ben
call Jack

Then, I fill in those tasks in each time slots like below:
7 am: Wake up
7:00 Feed Topher
8 Get ready
9 Topher sleeps
10 Business
11 Call Jack
12 Lunch
1:30 Grocery

This helps me to be much more efficient. I write out a full schedule by blocking out time so I know what time my day should start and end to finish everything I need to do

I love crossing out each tasks and seeing how much I have accomplished each day. Little things are incredibly important so I make sure to even write down doing the laundry, cleaning the house, doing the dishes, etc. If we neglect to do the small tasks in our life it can effect us in all areas of our life because we'll start to create a habit of procrastinating. So, the best solution is just get it done when you need too.

Hope this was helpful in some ways.
Have a great rest of the week!

Disclaimer: This is just how I manage my time so this may not work for everyone.



1 comment:

  1. This conversation could lead to goal setting since it's almost the end of the year. Year long goals all the way down to daily goals. Just an idea to keep your typing muscles exercising. Love.


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