Tips on Time Management

Anyone who knows me well, will know I love being organised. A typical Virgo trait I’m afraid and one that has served me well throughout my life.

I’m not boasting about this by the way, I too get overwhelmed by responsibilities and tasks that come along that sometimes I just don’t know where to start in order to make headway and carve out sometime to do things I would like to do.

The issue of time management recently came up at a vintage networking meeting I recently attended, so I gave my two pennies worth and I thought I’d share it here too.

Basically I write everything down that I need to do, and when I say need I include things that I need for self nourishment so to speak- this could be something as simple as a candlelit bath or a calling a good friend for that long overdue catchup.

So in moments when I don’t know my head from my tail- more often than you’d think believe me- I sit down with a cup of tea and I write it all down in no particular order. I then get three different coloured highlighters and assign each one a number 1, 2 or 3- I know genius so far aint it!

I then go through the list with highlighter number 1- and highlight the jobs that must be done ASAP or the world as I know it ends, for example buying nappies can be extremely urgent when you have little ones or it could be to meet the deadline for work or study- or whatever is urgent in your life.

Then number 2 highlighter is for things that defiantly need doing but aren’t life changing if they don’t get done super fast, examples of jobs in this section could be; wash and set hair, compare car insurance, create a meal plan for the week ahead, clean the bathroom- you get the picture.

Number 3 highlighter, as you can probably guess is for the jobs that are nagging at you but aren’t really that important- they’ve not reached a higher priority yet- sometimes these jobs are always on your list and never get done. Let this go- if they were that important they’d be a different colour- right?

Ok so now you’ve done this rewrite the list in colour order with the 1’s at the top and work through your list, knowing with confidence you’ve prioritised your time for getting the most pressing things done first! Enjoy!

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  1. June 15, 2012 / 11:07 pm

    Nice tips, like the colour coding, anything which involves felt tips and highlighters is good. I read about a book once (which I didn’t buy but took on board) that a good way to start the day is by cleaning the sink, and it really is, try it! I often come home from dropping 6YO at school and clean the sink. A chance to think about the day ahead, do a little daydreaming/planning and so satisfying in itself…http://bfgb.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/sink-reflections-by-marla-cilley/