Wow, that's a biggie for me. Sometimes I feel like I have a million and one things/ideas swimming around in my head and it almost makes it overwhelming to just get started on ONE of them. Am I the only one who becomes paralyzed by the never-ending-to-do list?
Here are some of the strategies I'll be using this month to organize, schedule, and hopefully make the most use of my time:
This month's prompt has forced me to be more, well, intentional about looking at how I spend my time an how my day is organized. I'll be tracking my progress and my goals throughout the month.
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1) SET A SCHEDULE: I know that I am most creative in the morning and am able to complete higher-level thinking activities before noon. Knowing this, I can schedule those activities that require me to think or be creative in the AM and the more routine or mindless activities in the PM. I've set a daily schedule in Google Calendar for myself as a reminder of what needs to get done each day.
2) TRACK MY TIME ONLINE: I recently signed up for RescueTime and am really liking the information it is giving me about how I spend my time online. There are different reports available and it also sets and tracks goals. I have two goals; the first is to spend less than 2 hours per day on all distracting time and more than 4 hours per day on all productive time (the program categorizes each website as either distracting, productive or neutral and allows you to change the categories manually for an accurate measure).
|my weekly RescueTime report|
3) GET UP EARLY: I am down right shocked at my progress on this goal for the month. I am NOT a morning person at all, but for some reason, I have been able to get up when my alarm goes off at 5:30 most mornings. I know the first step to creating any good habit is to do it over and over again and I'm thinking that this may be one habit that I could actually stick with. It has felt really good to get going in the morning and not be rushed to get out the door by 7:00.
I'll be sure to share with you all how it goes for the rest of the month and hopefully I can continue these practices when the month ends!
Do you have any tips for successful time management? I'd love to hear them in the comments section.
Have you heard of the TOMATO TIMER? Read about it here.