Sunday, 15 July 2018

Planning Your Time - How Hard Can it Be?

Blue Skies Over Tenby - Maria A Smith 

Planning your time is often much harder than you ever dreamt or expected it to be, and if you don't get it right it can make you feel frustrated.  Here are some tips to help you get started and make the most of your available time.

# Know Your Goals - Decide what you want to do and make sure it's relevant. Each day identify two or three tasks that support both your short and long term goals and write them down somewhere. As you complete each task, strike it through with a coloured marker pen

# Separate the irrelevant stuff from what's important - Easier said than done and you'll need to learn to say 'no' to those around you - getting your priorities right will help you to move forward in the long term.

# Plan - Plan as much as you can, using online tools and calendars, or pen and paper and an old fashioned diary or 'To Do' list. Whichever way suits you better, do it!

# Delegate more often - This can be anything from teaching the children to tidy their toys away to getting your partner to cook a meal. Or simply declaring a 'Kitchen Closed' night. Any extra time you can grab is a bonus.

# Sleep - Don't underestimate the power of sleep. Most people need 7-8 hours a night to function. It's important to get enough sleep.

# Make it habitual - Turn your writing into a habit. If you can't write at the same time each day or each week, try saying to yourself that you'll complete a chapter a week, or a page a day. Get your mind into a habit of doing the same thing regularly.

# Cut it!  - Cut down on the time you're spending on social media or watching TV because both are time sucks, only you don't realise it until it's too late.

# Allow yourself downtime  - This is very important, our brains need to rest and recover. Make sure you take regular breaks to go off and do nothing, or go for a walk or a swim, or something else that feeds your creativity.

# Waiting Time - Don't get frustrated when you have to sit and wait at the dentist or the solicitors, instead whip out a pen and note book and get to work, even if it's only next weeks 'to do' list. Alternatively, read a book.

The above is by no means a comprehensive list, it's a start to help you work smarter, not harder.

Let me know what I can add to the above list - I'd love to know what works for you?

13 comments:

  1. I've always said time is my most precious resource. I've learned that it doesn't work to try to do two things at the same time; all I do is split my attention and neither job gets done any quicker than if I give it my sole attention.

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    1. Ah Julia, I think I'm learning the same lesson, I have to force myself to stay on what i'm doing for a set amount of time. We live and learn don't we?

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  2. I've started 'starring' the 2 or 3 most important things of the day. If I do those, I consider the day a success. This helps me ensure that at least some of my time goes where I want it to go, not where others want it to be spent.

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    1. Good plan Stuart, I number my daily tasks in order of priority and try to only have a maximum of four things to do in a day, anymore done, it's a bonus.

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  3. I love waiting time, I always have a book or a notebook in my bag, and I really look forward to a little uninterrupted time. I completely agree about sleep, it makes such a difference to have enough sleep, to productivity and mood. Almost no tv here these days, but I do need to work on delegating more. People look at me in horror around here if I ask them to do something. And it takes me ten minutes of energetic debate to persuade them. This must change! I ask myself sometimes if a thing HAS to be done. If it's a repeat job like housework, I stretch the time between doing things a little. CJ xx

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    1. Don't give up on delegating - keep playing the same record until they realise you mean business. I'm still living in hope that either my son or daughter will cook a meal for the family one day! I need to up the anti, and make it my mission to have a meal cooked for me before the year is out.

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  4. Really good advice! Reading this on my lunch break and made my day to see a picture of my favourite place Tenby 😀

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    1. It's from last year Jen - had a really great break there. Love Wales, the air is so pure.

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  5. I've started using my diary more to build in writing time. Turning the TV off- or not putting it on in the morning is essential.

    Will definitely be adding a few more from your list, thanks. :-)

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    1. I rarely watch TV these days, although I do go to the pictures regularly whenever I can.

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  6. I think knowing our goals is the most important part. It's easy to create a list of things we think we should be doing, without working out if they're really helping us get where we want to be.

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  7. That's a gorgeous photo and a great list.

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