Weekly Challenge – Time Management
This week’s challenge is all about managing our time more effectively.
There are a lot of great tools available for time management but the one that works the best is the one that you are most likely to use.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I a computer or smart phone addict?
- Do I prefer to use a daily written schedule?
- Is simple important to me?
- Is simple too simple for me?
When you start to narrow down the answers to these questions, you will begin to identify a time management system that will work for you. Here are some ideas and a quick outline of how they work.
- Top 3 – As easy as it gets. Each day write down your top 3 priorities on a note card. Your day is not complete until these 3 things are checked off.
- Get To-Do List – A little more detailed than the Top 3, this is your basic To-Do list with a little more positive spin.
- Time Blocking – Use a weekly calendar to block of chunks of time in your day. This system allows you to color code your schedule to be sure you are covering all of the major areas and allows you to make sure there is enough time for each necessary activity in your week.
- Franklin Covey – This popular system has been around for a long time and still draws a lot of fans. It’s a little more intensive than Time Blocking but allows you to feel confident that all of your bases are covered.
- Getting Things Done – This is another complete time management system that works for the busy body that always seems to have things rattling around in their brain. It is less scheduled than either Time Blocking or Franklin Covey so might be a good alternative for the more free spirited, spontaneous type person.
Once you have decided on a system to use (or some combination of them), then it is a matter of taking the time to implement.
Your Challenge: Making a time management system work for you is a three part project.
- Find the right system and put it into place.
- Stick to the system for at least 30 days.
- Get to the core reason that time management isn’t working for you.
Part one and two are obvious. We’ll talk about part three later this week.
If you would like more and go at our challenge full on, ask me about a self directed program I’m developing to help you on your own Makeover journey!