My name is Mercia and I am horrible at time management. I start out pretty good. But life takes over and I go with it.
I know I am not unique in wearing 50 million hats, I have a full-time job as a contractor with the National Guard, I have a small private behavioral health practice, and I make and sell jewelry (mkt.com/sky-e-beads). I am also a p/t blogger, but have been slacking in that responsibility (Sorry Inkinsideout.com , I promise to do better!!). Have I mentioned I am also a wife and mother? So I recognize the importance of time management, and am committing myself to it.
So, like many folks out there, my time is packed. I love staying busy, and I love everything that I do. I love my job and colleagues, I appreciate my clients and the journey they are on, I love making jewelry. My role as a mother and wife, give my purpose, love, joy and everything in between. So minimum complaints here about where life is and where it is taking me.
It is something I am working at being better at, time management. One thing I do is use a planner. Yes, I am old fashion and I have to write things down. It helps commit it to memory, and it provides me an opportunity to look ahead and back when I need to. Yes, I have plenty of technology (computer, phone, iPad) , but that to me seems more of a hassle than anything! However, I recognize the necessary evil of using technology. I am now learning to use both, with my phone being my back up.
Luckily, I am not hopeless at this time.
I have gotten better with writing out my weekly goals every Friday for the following week (work related, personal, and business), which helps keep me focused and organized. I then specify the day with what will be accomplished such as which room to clean, jewelry piece to make, and things to do at work. This has helped greatly, since I now have my phone to remind me to do the blog, which I have been neglecting this month. I have also set it to remind me each Friday, to do my weekly goals. The noise from my phone going off, catches my attention and I know I have to get on it. I plan to extend this by using it for track meets, vending events, and other such things that life brings.
I have no excuses at this point. I have the skills and know how (I work with my clients on this often). So when my alarm went off today, I decided to sit down and get this done and share my dirty little secret, I suck at time management.
To make this time management thing work, I have to be sure to use it!!! Many of us have those things we use and then we forget, fail, decline to use them; but guess what, we have to. Life won’t stop to let us do get everything done, but at least having it organized, even I know, means I get so much more done than I normally would.
So wish me luck in my technology/old fashion approach to my life!! Please make any suggestions/tricks/approaches you all use in your time management. I figure if we all help each other, we can be successful at time management!!
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