How much time do you spend working? How much time do you spend in leisure? Is your life balanced? Do you wish you had more time with your family and friends? What about that sport or hobby you’ve been waiting to try?
Time management is really choice management. We cannot create more time in a day but we can choose how we use our time in order to meet our goals.
One way to ensure we are using our time effectively is by using The Three Ps of Time Management – plan, prioritize, perform.
What do you need to do and what do you want to do? What do you need to do this week, this month, this year? Write down (plan) everything. Get it all out of your head. Once you’ve written everything down, decide how much time each one will take. Then, prioritize your list. Is it important, urgent or both? Finally, “perform” by committing to your plan and avoiding time wasters such as multitasking and interruptions..
It is one thing to say you’re going to do it, and it’s another to do it. Make time for the important things by adding them to your calendar. Your calendar is a great tool to schedule what you need to do. Commit to it by setting a deadline that is reachable. Then do it!
What is your biggest time management challenge? What will you make time for this week?