Time in a bottle? Don’t you wish
Can you actually manage your time?
The obvious answer is yes. The obvious solution is a bit more complicated. Everything depends on you…do you want to manage your time?
- First comes the decision – to manage, or not to manage. That is the question.
- If the answer is yes, then we have to find a way to do it.
- If the answer is no, won’t matter what you use, it won’t work
What do I need to manage my time?
First comes the decision to do so. With that made, it can go from simple to complicated, cheap or expensive.
Now that you have decided to take control of your life, let’s explore ways to do so.
- Cheap or expensive?
- Simple or complicated?
- Time consuming or time saving?
Let’s decide which way to go…cheap, or expensive.
- Cheap is a yellow pad and pen
- Expensive is a time consultant to help you manage your time
- Simple is the yellow pad and pen.
- Complicated are some calendar/to do software programs
- Time consuming are time consultants and some complicated calendar/dodo software
- Time saving are simple, uncomplicated calendar/todo software and the simple yellow pad/penSolutions
I have always said that I don’t want you to tell me about a problem until you offer me a solution! Here are some suggestions for solutions:
- David Allen is the master! His book, Getting Things Done, is a timeless masterpiece. I encourage everyone to read it. He also has an excellent website: https://gettingthingsdone.com/about/
- David changed my life several years ago with his “Mind like water” solution. The starting point in getting organized is to get everything out of your head. Several ways to do that:
- Sit down with a yellow pad and pen. Write down EVERYTHING that comes to your mind. Everything that you need or ever want to do. Get it on paper and out of your mind.
- You can do the same thing with a good todo software and there are loads of them for both the analog and the IPhone.
- Examples are: todoist, anydo, simplenote, Asana and many more. Most of these are free.
- After you have put everything on paper or in the “cloud,” then begin to prioritize each one: Things I HAVE to do, things I NEED to do, things I WANT to do and things I MAY want to do some day.
- Next, after your prioritize your list, set up steps to do under each thing you have to do.
- Example: Paint the kitchen – a. choose the color. b. buy the paint. c. buy the supplies (tape, brushes, roller, pan, ladder, etc.). d. choose the day to do it. e. clear the kitchen counters. f. mask the windows and areas you DON’T want to paint. g. PAINT
- You now have everything out of your head and on paper or the computer. You now have an action plan. You have your priorities set.
It’s not rocket science! You can decide for yourself if you want to uncomplicate your life by putting everything down on paper or in the computer. Only you can decide if you are going to follow through with an action plan. You can hire an expensive time management guru to do it for you or you can KISS it – Keep It Simple Stupid!
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. You have to take the first step. You can do it today, wait for a better day (when?), or maybe someday.
Ball’s in your court. You can take control of your life, or just keep letting life happen. All too quickly the “time in the bottle” has spilled out.
I’ll be glad to help you anyway I can. I’ve been doing it for many, many years.