This is not a new topic here. I’ve posted several articles about this in the past. Just recently, as a matter of fact. As long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with time management. Habitually late, homework, essays, projects and reports all past due. I’ve always felt I had more things to balance than the average person. I don’t know why I thought I was so special, but the excuse worked for me at the time…it still does, sometimes.
I took a Franklin-Covey time management course once. I’d say the earth has spun around the sun about 30 times since then. It was an excellent workshop and the tools I learned made a substantial difference. It was the best, most organized 9 months of my life.
The program was very simple. You made a list of your priorities for the day and then within those items you prioritized each step. It’s a bit more complex than that, but it only took a few minutes of each day and I was insanely successful. All of this organizing was done using one of their beautiful and expensive day planners. Remember those? The large book of calendars where you actually had to physically write your daily goals. We used a handy instrument called a pen to write with. They still sell those old style planners and I’m certain many people still buy them. However, I now organize my days on my computer.
I have no idea why I stopped using the techniques I learned. I’d guess I either went into a heavy depressive or manic state, but I really don’t know. The funny thing is I’ve been singing their praises since then, yet haven’t ever gone back to working it myself. Hmmmmm
Fast forward to today. Though it’s not true in any way whatsoever, I feel busier than ever and I plan nearly everything I do and they all are color coded. The calendar on my computer/phone advises me when it’s time to:
- Take my meds (light blue)
- Do chores (orange)
- Exercise (green)
- Write blog posts (dark blue)
- Write for Writing group (included with dark blue)
- Do creative writing for short stories and a novel (ochre)
- Doctors’ appointments (purple)
- Shower and eat (burgundy)
- Promote blog on Twitter (yellow)
And so on…
So far this method has proven to be highly ineffective. I think where I’ve gone wrong is trying to schedule everything at specific times rather than just do them by order of priority. Exercising and writing novel should be my first priorities each day, followed by everything else. The only problem with that is losing the beautiful rainbow splashed across my desktop calendar. At this time I think it’s a sacrifice that must be made.
Any time management advice out there?