Do you ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get things done? That you have little time if any to do the things you truly enjoy? That you are struggling to juggle work and family?
Well, I have developed an introductory time management coaching programme to address just these issues. In this programme, I help my clients put in place 3 tools that are indispensable to regain control over their time and sanity. Interested to know what these tools are? Read on…
A time map is a table in which you assign a time and day in your week for all the activities that are important to you whether it is driven by a professional target or by a personal goal.
You may argue that it is impossible to put predictability into your schedule, that there is no way that you can operate within so much structure, that it will alienate your freedom etc. But trust me, a time map helps improve efficiency.
Why? Because with routine into your schedule, you actually separate the decision from the action. Instead of spending a fair amount of time deciding what you are going to be doing next or procrastinating on things you don’t enjoy doing, you just do them. As a result, your focus switches to improving your efficiency.
A planner is indispensable to managing your meetings, appointments, and ideally to-do’s. Even if you have an excellent memory, why would you clutter your brain with information that you can jolt down somewhere, forget about, and then refer to when needed? A planner allows you to focus on what you have to do and hence improve your efficiency.
Having one planner for home and one planner for work just can’t work, because these two worlds don’t co-exist but are interrelated. It has to be one planner only.
Don’t feel obligated to use a digital planner. There’s no shame in sticking to a paper planner if you find technology to be cumbersome or even a little bit scary or if you feel that writing is more natural and much faster for you than typing.
Your to-do’s have to be captured in one single and consistent location. Ideally, it should be your planner so that you can associate a day and time to each of your to-do’s and increase your chances of getting it done.
A to-do has to be specific. It isn’t a project that happens in multiple steps over a period of time e.g. organise summer holidays.
It needs to start with an action verb such as call, write, review, plan, ask, read, etc. so that you don’t have to figure out what it is that you have to do when you come back to your list.
It has to come with a time estimate so that you can evaluate whether your workload is realistic every single day.
The clients whom I have helped implement these 3 tools have reported the following benefits:
- An increased efficiency at home and work
- A greater sense of accomplishment
- Being more present and connected to what they do
- Reduced stress levels which make them happier and more productive
- Feeling more control of their schedule with a greater ability to make well-thought-out decisions on how they spend their time
- Higher energy levels to complete their high-priority tasks
- The certainty that they’re living a more balanced life.
So don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my time management coaching programme. Time is our most precious resource, I can help you not waste it and live your life to its fullest!