On Time Management

I’m writing this entry much later in the week than I usually do. Time seems to have gotten away from me. It tends to do that a lot. Over the last few years I’ve been trying to learn how to balance all the things I have going on in my life. With Liam being born I’ve had a crash course in it. I’ve had to quickly learn to fit everything I need to do in a day into even less time than before.  It has become a little easier since he’s been sleeping better but some days it’s still a challenge.

I don’t pretend to be an expert on this but I have learned a couple of tricks for improvement.  The first is to schedule EVERYTHING.  It’s easy to say you are going to do something but when you write down a day and time it solidifies it and makes it a little more real.  I recently started using a tablet.  Lee makes fun of me for carrying it around with me but it really helps.  Sure I have my phone for a calendar but with the tablet I can more easily look at a month at a time.  Having the ability to have them all in sync really helps as well.

Another thing that I’ve been getting into the habit of doing is trying to prioritize better.  I read somewhere about this square for sorting priority.  It helps me list out the things that need to be done and in what order they should be done.  Things like a crying baby are in the Urgent and Important square but candy crush would be in the unimportant not urgent square.  It helps visually see what needs to be done so I can actually get them done.

Since I’ve started doing some of these things I’ve found life to be a little easier…I even have enjoyed some down time which has been great!  I’m looking forward to getting even better at this…maybe I’ll free up enough to to play a little Xbox now and then 🙂

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