Life is so much better when you learn time management!
In any time management scheduling, your first step should be to keep track of, and write down your time in each activity (or wasted time) already being used, for a couple of weeks.
Create categories and put each activity into the one it fits in.
Then figure out if you spend too much time in some that aren't necessary or productive. This will hinder on your goals and end results.
Next step, you'll need to set limits and restrictions on some of them. Begin with cutting out those activities that aren't even close to important.
Plan out your days. This will get you on track to where you will actually feel like the day was longer, and you got more accomplished. This is a great feeling when achieved.
Planning to change is easy. The hard part is sticking to it, and to keep developing new skills to make your time more productive.
There will always be little interruptions in any task, but learn to deal with them quickly and get back to your schedule. It takes practice and determination to learn the art of your time management, and stick to it.
Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
~ Theophrastus (372 BC - 287 BC) ~
Basic Time Planner
Use either a tablet, day planner, or scratch paper.
Make three columns, and in the first one put appointments, events, or commitments that are already set for the day, week, or month.
The second column is for the more flexible things, like lunch with a friend, housework, or grocery shopping that can be worked out between those commitments.
The third column is for occasional things, like friends coming to town, the children's school plays, or doctor's appointments set for a later date.
Using a calendar large enough to write on, put down the set in stone commitments from your list, then the more occasional, and then the flexible items, so you can work around your other commitments.
If you are taking your son to a sports practice, plan to do other chores on the way. Always set appointments in the same area, to maximize your time. Try to keep a balance in every day.
Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience
~ Rodin (1840 - 1917) ~
You can learn more here about how to create your self development plan using this sample or template as a guide.
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