Why does Time have to be the Enemy?
Do you catch yourself saying you don’t have enough TIME?
Or how about “TIME Flies!”
What about always feeling rushed because there isn’t enough TIME?
Who else feels they are always trying to compete with TIME?
Read below to find out what exact Calendar I use to keep me held accountable with my everyday LIFE…
Let’s get a couple things straight here. There are 24 hours and 1440 minutes in ONE DAY. If you broke down each hour of your day you would see what your day consists of. You would realize why you are able to get through your list of “to dos” or why you are not achieving what you’ve planned to attend.
For example, have you ever thought about how much time it takes you to make breakfast, clean up breakfast, shower, get ready, hours in which you are commuting to and from work, total of hours at work, and the hours your working vs. chatting; time certainly adds up! That is not even including that extra stops for gas, milk on your way home, or the delay on the road because of uncontrollable traffic. Oh man, I can see where the time can become the enemy for sure! There may only be so much we can control, but at least if we go into the day with a plan, there will be more days where we succeed and achieve rather than not.
The most helpful and successful way for me to stay on top of my to do list, daily tasks and goals is keeping a calendar. I am visual and prefer everything written down. So, for me a calendar has worked wonders! I refuse to rely on any technology where my laptop isn’t working or phone shatters and then I’m lost without my calendar. I’ve used a calendar since I began working at age 15; and ever since then I’ve realized this is what will work for me with time management, prioritizing, and organization. It is the only way I can stay on top of all my life commitment, events, and daily goals.
Some say to just take each day by day, which is certainly true BUT, when we go to plan, we should ultimately be planning a week ahead. This allows preparation and prioritizing to take place, without feeling overwhelmed and short on time. I suggest planning week by week. It is THE WAY you can strategist enough time for everything that need to achieve throughout the week.
Realize, as your week goes on, you may stumble upon cancellations/ rescheduling, emergency/life challenges to name a few, that is just part of life. You are planning your week to keep yourself accountable on what you can control while you keep your priority list in check. Understand and accept some days will be better than others and all that can be asked is you do the best you can do to stay on task, proactive, organized.
How to prioritize?
First things first, you need to collect a list of all your tasks/to dos for that week. You will identify they as urgent vs. important (if they are on your list, it is clearly important—but HOW important is the key)
Urgent comes first and important follow; this is an example how prioritizing works. You must know the value in each thing on your list. This will allow you to identify each of their urgency and know when to cut it.
For me, I’ve found that planning my week ahead every Sunday is ideal. Sunday wraps up the prior week but prepares for my upcoming week. I go through and fill in the calendar with any important events that are occurring that week (this can include doctor appointments, kids’ games/practice, family occasions, holidays, etc.) I think time block my hours for work AND the commute to go along with that (including extra time in case of the traffic as discussed above) *non controllable BUT being proactive on certain things I can control. As you know, it is better to be early than late. If there is extra time use this time for necessary phone calls, and other quick tasks that you’ve been wanting to do (Read, etc.)
How to plan while time managing?
Creating your to-do list and ranking your to do list will allow you to be the most effect with your time. You want to focus on all your responsibilities while you avoid any unnecessary tasks. This includes setting realistic deadlines, setting break times, and leaving those distractions behind as much as you can.
An example of a priority list may be:
Work/School + Commute
Grocery/Meal Prep/ Eating (yes, some people need to schedule this)
Doctors Apps/ Car apps/ other important appointments
I am often told, enough with the “busy work” and try “working smarter, not harder.”
I love everything to do with planning and Strategic for success. If there is, anyway, I can help set up your week for success please reach out. I would love to help you plan out your week to make it the most efficient you can make it!
Don’t Let Time be the Enemy!
Watch the video shown below to show you what calendar I’ve been using the past 4+ years and which calendar I’ll be using come 2020! (It’s me inside Staples comparing the calendars)
You can check out your local Staples and try to find the exact calendar; but there is about 30 different ones, so I’ve linked my specific one found on Amazon HERE!
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