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What is your biggest time management challenge?

Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:09 am
by systemsavvy
As we get to the end of the year - we tend to ADD activities and commitments to our schedule . . . yes . . . a schedule that is already pretty busy.

What do you find is your biggest time management challenge - and what are some strategies you've tried to overcome this?

Re: What is your biggest time management challenge?

Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:17 pm
by Kirstin Hancock
I am trying to be strategic about what I do during the day! I am trying to set my priorities and then work through them. I get distracted by emails. Have you any strategies of how to block these in your schedule?

Re: What is your biggest time management challenge?

Posted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:26 pm
by MicheleJennae
I found that funny. We ADD activities, and then we get A.D.D!

I can tend to have too many things I want to do...ALL AT ONCE> ha haha!

I like to use a kitchen timer with a tick tick tick tick to keep me on track. The digital/phone timer doesn't do as well...as it seems I need the ticking to remind me to focus. It's amazing how fast an hour flies by, and I didn't really miss anything on Facebook.

Re: What is your biggest time management challenge?

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:20 am
by systemsavvy
Kirstin Hancock wrote:I am trying to be strategic about what I do during the day! I am trying to set my priorities and then work through them. I get distracted by emails. Have you any strategies of how to block these in your schedule?
Emails - we can spend CRAZY amounts of time on them!!!! I think you hit on a key when you said "block these in your schedule". It's exactly that - make time each day to process email and the tasks associated with the email. Knowing ahead of time WHEN you are going to respond allows you to keep the email app closed - so you can focus on other priorities instead of being pulled to check your email each time you see the notification.

Personally, I check email three times each day AND do it while I'm at my walking desk. (Fancy name for a treadmill under a tall table!) I log about 6K steps each day just processing email. You need to find the email schedule that works for you - then - schedule it into your day!

Hope that helps!

Re: What is your biggest time management challenge?

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:22 am
by systemsavvy
Michele - great suggestion! I LOVE timers. My favorite is Cool Timer (which is a free app that I downloaded to my computer). It doesn't have the "tick tock sound" - but it uses a visual as it counts down (the picture disappears each second) - I find that super motivating! I'm always trying to beat the clock.

Re: What is your biggest time management challenge?

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:59 am
by Lany Sullivan
Honestly, I have learned to use my planner to get things accomplished. It took me a long time train myself. I've also learned not to feel guilty when things don't get done. I'm human and sometimes I try to be SUPER human...lol...

Re: What is your biggest time management challenge?

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:51 pm
by Lany Sullivan
I haven't heard of Sortlist, Chris. I will definitely have to check it out. I agree with you though...the struggle doesn't just start and end with the year; it's ongoing for many people. Building a plan and then sticking to it is the key, but it also is challenging. Look how many people start diets or other resolutions at the beginning of each year and never stick with them. I definitely believe there is a huge mindset issue that affects how we manage our time and commitments.