Time has never been my best friend

If there was one small improvement I could make, that will significantly impact my life, it will be managing time. As a wife, mother and small business owner, my head was always crammed with things to do and places I need to be. Most days, I would complete 60% of my tasks while the other days I would achieve a meagre 20% of what I needed to do.

 

This pattern continued until I read Stephen Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ and I realised that I was not putting first things first and I was spending valuable time doing tasks that added very little to my overall productivity goal. In the book, he suggested categorizing and prioritizing your tasks into 4 quadrants Urgent, not Urgent, Important and not important.  The idea is to accomplish first; the tasks that are urgent and important and the not important/urgent last.  If you are like me, you might consider activities like watching a favourite TV soap or catching up with friends as urgent and important, but that’s ok, it gets better.

I will not say, I have perfected the act but I have come a long way from where I used to be. Below are some strategies I used and still use to guide my use of time:

·Lists: I write down everything I need to do and prioritize using important, urgent, not important/urgent as earlier mentioned

·I determine how much time each task will take and also the best time of the day to work on the task (For a crisis though, you have to act immediately)

·Review: At the end of the day, I go over my diary to see what I accomplished and tasks that were not done. Interestingly, on the days when I am diligent I find myself checking all items on my to do list. What a good feeling!

I would love to hear your own time management stories.  Share your thoughts.

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0 #3 Fiona 2013-10-31 13:20
Nice write-up. totally encouraging. I am a guilty soul of time-mismanagem ent. for example, I have a book to read on my laptop and as soon as I open the laptop, I see my "videos folder" opened and there, movie time! and the rest is history. or maybe time for workout and I just think doing something else at that particular time would be better. however some days I tend to have a wake-up call somehow, then other days, I just slumber again. anyway, through these tips enlisted, you have resuscitated my time management spirit. thanks and keep up the good work.
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0 #2 Lisa A 2013-10-15 21:58
Hi,

Nice write-up! I strongly agree with you, I believe time management is key to achieving our daily goals. I also write lists and try to mark the tasks/activitie s as they are done, although sometimes its challenging to keep up especially on busy days....

Thank you for sharing a few more tips on managing time. Keep up the good work!
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0 #1 Priscilla 2013-10-14 21:08
Time management...we mark time while time marks us. While this works and did work for me the few times I tried it, the lack of consistency is almost defeating it...
Thank you though, will try again....
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