Time management is all about prioritizing. Time Management is event management. As my Pastor Dr. A.R. Bernard taught. To make the point he stated that even brushing our teeth is an event. The BusinessDictionary.com defined Event as:
1. Occurrence happening at a determinable time and place, with or without the participation of human agents. It may be a part of a chain of occurrences as an effect of a preceding occurrence and as the cause of a succeeding occurrence.
2. Arrival of a significant point in time. In project management, an event marks the point in time when a task is completed.
The purpose of this article is to help you use your time more efficiently.
Here are 5 steps to follow to begin managing your time and not let time manage you:
Step 1: Use a calendar whether on your wall, desk, or smartphone
*I use my smartphone to set reminders of what needs to be done on a specific day.
*Check your calendar(s) daily to know the next day agenda.
*Make a list of your to do’s and write them into your calendar(s) according to priority for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly reminders.
*Don’t be so rigid that you don’t leave room for spontaneity and the unexpected.
Step 2: Prepare the night before for the next day.
*If you’re anything like me I would iron for the week on weekends.
*Make lunch the night before and place it in the refrigerator until the morning.
*Also try to cook dinner for at least two days to save you some time to relax when you get home.
Ladies put everything you need in your handbag the night before
***(Side Note: Wipe your bag off, especially on the bottom)
*If you have children who are old enough allow them to help prepare for the next day.
*Make it fun and remember it teaches them responsibility.
*When you have a family it is crucial to implement a system of time management.
Step 3: Power up tablets and cell phones in the evening. Plug them in soon as you get home.
Step 4: Go to bed at a good time to make sure you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep to be your best productive self
*Rest is essential. Read my articles on getting proper rest to help you if you are out of balance in that area
Step 5: Do things at a relaxing pace so not to get caught up in rushing.
It’s important to have a system in place that suits you. Time is your friend and managing it well will eliminate the stress and pressure. Remember balance is the key to life and time management is the practice of redeeming the time by prioritizing and managing events.