Time management – the best habit for success.
Pomodoro technique, time blocking, bullet journaling – I’ve dabbled in a bit of them all. Scheduling can be tedious let’s be honest. But, SOO SO worth it, nothing feels better than ending your week knowing you’ve optimized your time as best you could.
“Self discipline, punctuality and time management are very important — for life is short, and every resource you have must be well utilized so that you find enlightenment and liberation — your ultimate goal.”Dada J.P. Vaswani
Reasons You Should Start Managing Your Time
- Scheduling takes all the hard work out of your daily routines. You are able to complete your tasks each day efficiently because it was premeditated – you set yourself up for success.
2. Waking up early allows you to establish dominion. You’re able to control how your day starts instead of scrambling to get up, shove some biscuit in your mouth while simultaneously zipping your pants and jumping into your shoes.
3. Exercising and meditating are great ways to start your day, and without time management, we might never get them done.
4. Schedule time dedicated to your friends or family. We should never forget the importance of mental health. Interacting with our family and friends is a great way to create and work-life balance as well as a way to avoid being burnt out.
Choose The Right Tools For Scheduling
There are so many great tools to help you create a plan you can abide by. I personally am fond of white boards, notebooks, and my favorite to-do list app Google Keep!
With that being said, at the end of each week I might notice that I have notes in about 3 different books, on my phone, scraps of paper, anywhere that seems to have been at arm’s length. What I hate about that is having to then scramble through my notes, it’s inefficient and time-consuming. If you find yourself falling into this black hole, take a few minutes from your day to reorganize.
I use Google Keep for my notes and scheduling. It’s my favorite to-do list app, it’s free, simple, basic, no glitz and glam, and very efficient.
- Pinned notes (similar to bulletin boards)
- Creates checklists easily
- Easy access to the same notes on the computer
- Copy and paste links/references.
How To Use Google Keep
- Create boards for each idea or project
2. Group all related ideas together
3. Create a thoughtful title for each board
4. Break down the steps for each task. Take the time to organize the steps in ascending order according to what you where you need to start.
If you use a separate calendar, instead of writing detailed descriptions of your task, use the titles from your Google Keep boards. You would already have strategically planned the project, all you would need to do is start chipping away at each task! (This is where organizing the steps comes in handy) And guess what? You can always revert back to your Google Keep Board if you forget what you should be doing.
If I write “Work On Calendar” on my calendar. I will know to go to my Google Keep Note labeled “Calendar” and work on the tasks that have been noted.
Tim Cook On Time Management
Excerpt from CNBN on Tim Cook’s Morning:
He rises just before 4 a.m, spends the first hour of every morning reading user comments about Apple products. He says doing this helps him “focus on the external people that are so important to us.”
Excerpt from A Life of Productivity on “3 Things Tim Cook Focuses On”:
“In business school, they really tried to hammer into my head the importance of strategy. It’s where all of your actions should come from – if they don’t come from there, you’re just thrashing around blindly. At the same time, it’s crucial that you act on your strategy, or else you’ll end up dreaming all day without actually doing anything. And you will hardly ever work alone – people are the glue that bind strategy and execution together, and if you’re a manager or a leader, they’re the very people who do the ‘execution’ for you.”
For all your excuses:
Strategize & Prioritize. There is enough time in the day. But remember to be kind to yourself, set goals that are attainable.
**Use the life lessons of others. Twist and turn it until it fits into your life. Maybe make it better!