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It's All About Finely Tuned Time Management

Some of you have noticed that I have been under a bit of pressure lately, with several things all happening at once. My good supportive friend here, CoralLevang , has even commented on her surprise at how I manage to juggle so many balls at once. Sometimes I don't and I drop them, which is why I need to lessen my commitment here at times.

However, I have a time management secret that gets me through the busy times. As soon as life starts getting crowded I resort to my tried and tested time management plan. Having spent my adult life as a teacher, I know all about planning and reaching deadlines. So now, I make a list of everything that needs to be done in a week, then draw up a weeks timetable, just as I would at school. I break it into three blocks, morning, afternoon and evening. Then I slot in everything that needs to be done.

For example, this week I need to have three research sessions at the library, write at least 1000 words resulting from them, set up a service group display board at the library, help at a public meeting at the library, go for at least three walks, complete a grant application, attend an evening meeting, write at least three PP posts, mow the lawn, have a haircut and work a couple of hours each day on our small business commitments. Once slotted into the timetable grid I still have time to read my allocated 30 pages of Anna Karenina each day, cook the evening meal, watch a couple of selected TV programmes and talk to my husband regularly. I even have time to relax over coffee with a friend if need be.

So yes, I do feel busy at times. But it is all manageable if I'm sensible and make a plan. So, here it is Monday and I'm starting with a smile on my face. I've managed to allow myself Persona time this week. How about you? Do you make a weekly plan to help you cope when life gets busy?

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MegL wrote on September 6, 2015, 3:41 PM

One of the best timetables I found was in a book on how to write an academic article in 12 weeks. It was "just" a timetable but once you filled it in, including sleep, blocked out time, like meetings and appointments, you could see where you had spare time to schedule blocks of writing.

valmnz wrote on September 6, 2015, 3:45 PM

MegL I so agree. I've even extended the idea to where I need to be with my three year book project, so that it gets completed ahead of time, in a more general way of course. Yes, making sure the meetings and such don't get in the way of writing is important.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 6, 2015, 3:58 PM

Not usually but I am able to keep most of my plans fairly flexible. Glad we will see you some this week emoticon :smile:

Dawnwriter wrote on September 6, 2015, 4:30 PM

I think time management comes with considering time as a valuable commodity. So many people waste so much time. Lists are a great tool for time management.

chrisandmark wrote on September 6, 2015, 4:37 PM

It's so hard to fit everything in sometimes, I'm a list maker rather than a goal setter and that seems to work for me but I do feel I'm juggling too much sometimes. Good luck with getting everything done

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 5:15 PM

I like the idea of using the lesson plan template as an organizational tool outside the classroom. It would help keep me on track so much better than the "Oh, yeah, I need to take care of that," method that I use now.

bestwriter wrote on September 6, 2015, 8:54 PM

There are some activities that have their own deadlines and those I have to attend to whether I like it or not. It is those boring things that do not have deadlines that get piled up and time management has little to do with them (lol)

Rufuszen wrote on September 7, 2015, 7:01 AM

This needs bottling for others!

trufflehunter wrote on September 7, 2015, 9:41 AM

Such a sensible and simple plan, yet most people find it so hard to do. I have a to-do list at work and one at home. Too bad I can't do the morning, afternoon and evening slots like yours!