It's about time

A few weeks ago I was asked to speak to the youth in my church about time management. Which is kind of funny because I don't think I am an expert at the topic.  But I gave it lots of thought and told them about some of the ways I manage my day.

These are the main tools I use:  my phone for Google calendar and the timer, a notebook to write everything down and my to do list.

Google calendar is the BEST!  If you don't already have it...get it!  As long as you have access to the internet, you can access your calendar.  Plus my husband and I both have it on our phones.  So whenever it gets updated, we can see it on our phones or on our computers.  Every month, I print out a copy of the calendar and hang a hard copy on the fridge so we have a visual reminder of what's going on. 

I have seen and used tons of different to do lists, but none of them quite worked.   I wanted a place to write dinner (to hold me accountable), appointments and my to do's for a week at a time. So I created a personal to do list in Word and it is really working for me.  I couldn't figure out how to put this on my blog so I hosted it here it at google docs if anyone wants a copy.

A huge time saver is using a timer to do tasks.  For example-I hate emptying the dishawasher.  So I set a timer for 1 minute and tell myself I only have to spend 1 minute emptying it.  But of course once I get started I always just keep going to finish it off.  Once in a while I try to race the clock and get done in 1 minute too.  Whatever works.  Also, do you find yourself getting on the computer to do one quick thing and the next thing you know you have spent 2 hours on facebook or wandering around the internet?  Yeah, me too.  So set a timer for 20 minutes or so and you won't loose track of time.

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Write everything down!  Everything!  I have tons of little notebooks all over the place, in my purse, in the car, at my bedside, etc, to write everything down.  Project lists, birthday lists, grocery lists, goals, journaling etc, a notebook is a wonderful place to keep track of everything.  I refer back to mine often to keep up with my goals and projects.