Dispelling Those Time Management Myths

A year from now you will wish you had started today.  Karen Lamb

Interested in joining a women’s group, but don’t think you have the time to devote? Are there important things you want to do and projects you want to start, but can’t seem to get to them? To help you find the time to do the things you want to do, let’s take the time to dispel some commonly held beliefs about time management.

A good time management tool is all I need.
You may benefit from an electronic calendar that goes everywhere with you, a daily or weekly to-do list, colorful file folders or other handy tools. But, I wouldn’t suggest putting all of your eggs in this one time management basket. Relying on the latest tool can only take you so far. It’s important to combine the technique that works for you with some good old-fashioned priority planning. As you identify your priorities, you can eliminate or delegate tasks that are currently keeping you from the life you love.  

Multi-tasking can get it done.
How many of us have used this time management technique? And how many of us have gotten completely overwhelmed by it? Yes, we do too! Sometimes it’s out of necessity, physically juggling the many roles in our lives. Sometimes we think it was the best way to get it all done. Laundry late at night, talking on the phone while cleaning my kitchen (still do this one) and responding to email at all hours.

The simple truth is this… the lack of focus on what you are doing at the time prevented you from the doing the best job you could do. And, most importantly, it keeps you from appreciating the important people in your life.   Try to put the work away a little more often, try not to rush your kids, and take time to smell those lovely roses.  You may find that you are happier, and getting about the same amount of work done. Maybe even accomplishing a little more.

I need to work harder.
Have you ever felt like you just need to put your nose to the grindstone and hammer it all out? Most of us will resist anything that we really don’t want to do, which just causes us anguish and lower productivity. If you’re faced with an unpleasant task that you must complete, take the time to change your perspective about the task.

For example, maybe you need to organize your business receipts. Consider these questions: What will organizing these receipts give me that I don’t have now? Does it help to focus on that outcome? That benefit? What about adding brightly colored labels to your receipt files – a simple addition that can make the task more visually pleasing? How about playing some upbeat music. Maybe you can even find a song that sets the right lyrical tone.

Careful planning is the way to go.
Though planning is important, remember that life is unpredictable and your plans may soon come unraveled. We find the best way to deal with the unpredictability of life is to leave some unscheduled time in every day. When at all possible, leave breathing room between all of your work meetings and deadlines. This helps you account for the unpredictable interruptions, and provides you with a cushion between activities. It gives your day a much easier pace. Even with this planning, you can get overwhelmed by unanticipated requests or events. When that happens, remind yourself to breathe, do the best that you can and make peace with all of the demands on your time.

If you turn these myths around and apply some of the techniques described, you’ll be able to find the time to start that new project and attend your women’s group without the guilt and delays. You can make the time and enjoy the new pace of your life.

Karen & Pat
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