How do you feel about time? It’s actually relatively easy to tell based on how you talk about it. Do you say things like, “time flies” or “there’s never enough time” or do you “have all the time in the world”? Can you relate to The Rolling Stones, with time on your side, or are you more like Cher, wishing you could turn back time? Just like physical relationships affect our health, so does your interaction with your schedule. Do you date your planner, or flirt with disaster when it comes to time management?
Time is the great equalizer, no matter how rich or poor, sick or healthy, fit or flabby, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s all in preparation and practice, when it comes to planning the way we spend our days. Some people seem to be very busy, while others are proving to be very productive. Time is our greatest and most precious asset, because once it is gone, it is gone. Period. You can’t buy more time, or put it in a bottle, so here are a few ways to make the most of your minutes.
Plan, schedule, plan, schedule, then do it again…..
With a plethora of planners available, it’s probably more getting into the habit of using a schedule or time management system, than not having one. Studies have proven time after time, and by my own experience I can promise you, that whatever you schedule time for, you will make happen. So many people think that they have no time to work out, eat better, meditate, or spend time on life improving activities, but when was the last time you didn’t show up for a really important meeting that was on your schedule? Because that meeting wasn’t a “should”, it was a “must”. If you really want to get things done, then you must schedule those things, and they must be a priority for you. How many times have you said “I really should go to yoga class” or “I really should spend some time cooking dinner with my kids tonight?” Stop shoulding all over yourself, and schedule time for things you must do to improve the quality of your life.
If you’ve never thought of turning your shoulds into musts, or the thought of getting that much done makes you feel a little on edge, then a great way to prevent overwhelm and ease into the process is called, “CommitTo3”. Ditch your 90 item long todo list and focus on the top 3 things you must get done for the day. In fact, there’s an app for that! Having it on your phone as a reminder makes it even easier. In fact, with today’s technology, you have your day planner in your hands literally all the time. Make good use of this phone and find apps that work for you and help you manage your time. The same system or app that works for one person, isn’t going to necessarily work for you. So it’s not which time management system you use, just that you are actually using one.
If you constantly lose track of time, or you tend to get to the end of your day and you don’t have a clue what you did all day, or you plan to check your email, and three hours later you’re scrolling on Facebook, then try the Pomodoro Technique, which there are several apps related to, or for the technically challenged, a kitchen timer. You can also use this for tasks you need to spend time on, but would rather be scrolling on Facebook. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management or productivity tool that involves focusing on a task for 25 minutes, then a break. Great for those who have a diffuse time with our attention spans! You can also really reign in the timesuckers online by installing an app that tracks how much time you spend on your phone! Busted! There really is no shortage of technical assistance to help manage your time.
As far as offline planners, I have a couple that I love. For my more business minded clients, I recommend the BestSelf Co. (bestself.co) planner, which I think works best by downloading and printing out, then putting it a three ring binder. And for my more creative clients, I recommend Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map, which feels like an anti planner’s planner. For those who don’t have a planner, don’t want a planner, or never plan to use one, I prefer to help them design their own, and it starts with just a simple notebook. The bottom line is that no one is going to use a planner if it doesn’t include what matters to you. I believe and coach my clients based on bio individuality, every person is unique, and so are our needs, in everything from the foods we eat, to the way we spend and schedule our time, to the types of relationships and people in our lives. To find out how to make more time to get you life back, lose weight, improve your health, or your relationships, call me for a strategy session that will get you started on your own plan for how to make time for what matters. We can start your new habit of scheduling right now by setting up a time for a thirty minute call, that will be worth every minute of your time. Let’s make the rest of your life, the best of your life, so you can have the time of your life.