The response to this blog has been amazing so far. I’m so humbled by how many have reached out to me with words of encouragement and positive feedback. I have to say I also consider it a compliment from those who know me when they ask “Where do you find the TIME to do all that you do?”
Well that’s a funny thing to ask, because many days I don’t feel like I have half the time I need to do what I could be doing! But I figure I’ll take a stab at sharing some of the ways I use my time. Maybe you will pick up a nugget that is useful for you own time management.
- Prioritize. I use my core values to make sure that I am spending my time the way I want my life to look.
- Organize. Each week I start Monday morning with a weekly goals sheet. I have a grid box for each area of my life, each major project or venture to be sure that everything takes a step forward that week – or if it doesn’t then it’s intentional.
- Weekends are sacred. Some of the balls I’m juggling are made of glass – and the kids and family are the main one. For this reason, I make the weekends sacred. Other than getting up early for my reading and writing, I try to not spend much “screen time.”
- I follow this advice the best I can on managing my inbox.
- I use my iPhone religiously to stay on top of e-mail… not just monitoring but archiving, responding, or deleting.
- I batch process. You may notice it’s hard to get me on the phone. That’s on purpose, and one of the many productive tips I picked up from Tim Ferris’s 4-Hour Work Week. Incoming phone calls break productive thought, and are much better handled by taking voice mails and then using scheduled time in the day to return calls. (By the way, I totally disagree with the title of his book, but it’s great for picking up tips on being more efficient!)
I could go on and on, but wanted to get this first batch of the most useful tips for me.
What other tips and tricks can you share?