Heaven High and Happy Thursday!
Today I wanted to talk to you about Balance. Balance is how you make sure that your life stays healthy and happy. A good way to observe your sense of balance (or imbalance) is by studying your habitual behavior. Is your addictive personality kicking in through the force of your habits? There are many different options out there and one of them is the right one for you. Or you may find that you work best when you combine two different techniques.
It may sound like a daunting task to find a good time management system but that merely depends on how you look at it. Picture it as a fun task that you can do in your spare time. If you dread something, it will seem even more unpleasant than you originally perceived it to be and you won’t want to do it.
Time management can fall into two basic categories: digital reminders and old-fashioned pen and paper. Digital reminders can be set on your computer (personal and/or work) and can sync to your portable devices. With the technological advances nowadays, there is no reason why anyone would forget a task or double-book meetings.
If you are like me, you feel that the old-school method of desk calendars and pen-and-paper planners work best for you. I have a PC that syncs with my phone and tablet. I can use a Google Calendar to remind me of even the simplest task. However, I still prefer to use the ancient, tried-and-true method of hard copy planners.
As an example, let me tell you about my time management system.
Every Sunday, I take a half an hour (upwards to an hour depending on what time it is) in the morning to schedule the following workweek. I take this time to:
- Write in appointments and deadlines on my calendar,
- Fill in my personal and professional task list,
- Write down what I am currently doing for personal improvement for the week (normally that means, what book I am reading)
- Plan some personal time (hobbies, errands, and date nights with my significant other)
I also color-coordinate these meetings and tasks in my planner so that I can see (at a glance) just how balanced my life is. I use colored pencils so that I can erase them and so the colors won’t bleed through the pages.
Work-related time is colored in blue. Time dedicated to personal improvement is in purple. Other personal time (hobbies, date nights, and other fun things) are colored in pink. Yellow is for errands. Green is for everything else. Looking at my calendar, I make sure that every color shows up every week.
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Well, until next time! B BOP!