Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Managing My Time

Lately I've been working hard to figure out how to manage my time more effectively so that I can have time to do the things that are the most important. You would think that with having four kids in school and only one at home I would have more time, but, as is often the case, I have taken on one new adventure after another in this new season. 


These were things I really felt were important for me to start getting involved in and very fitting with the things I felt I was already doing, plus it seemed like a good time for our family as our schedules were changing heading into the school year.

Since then, though, I've found myself having to figure out a new rhythm for each week and a new routine for each day. In the midst of the craziness of figuring this out it occurred to me that maybe there was a better way to engage this new season than what I had been using before. 


What if I approached time in the way I approached money? 

What if I budgeted time differently than I had in the past? 

I came across this post by Michael Hyatt on How to Better Control Your Time where he proposed scheduling out an ideal week and using chunks of time for certain themes. So, I proceeded to give that some thought and I've been taking steps to organize my time differently. 


I will report back with some steps I've learned along the way another time, but for now I'd like to find out from you...

What things have you found helpful in managing your time?

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10 comments:

  1. How funny...I literally sat down yesterday and did the same exact thing of laying out an ideal week. Yesterday was my most productive, satisfying day in a long time. I realized that I am the kind of person who does best when I have structure (flexibility within the structure, but an overarching structure). I used to get so much done during high school and college, and I think a large part of it was I had the big chunks of my week laid out with exactly what I was going to do and I did it. In high school, I fit in 10 classes in an 8 period day (no study hall, took an independent study and a college course), was in track and cross country, worked a part time job, and generally had fun. It worked for me (wouldn't work for everyone). I think that different personalities work with different kind of systems but this is one that certainly works well for me. It allows me to be more present without guilt when I have time set aside for being with the kids or time set aside for my own projects and desires.

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    1. Keturah,

      Too funny. I do believe that we are quite similar in many ways...I can completely relate! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  2. Stepping away from my computer! That is my biggest time suck. Also, if I try and force myself to get all my chores done first before I can do what I really want to do (craft/sew/paint/design) then I never get to it because I procrastinate over my chores (and spend too much time on Pinterest to 'inspire myself'). I have started doing something creative first and that makes me feel good and I power through my chores in a more timely manner. One thing I am going to try next week is cooking dinner in the morning or early afternoon so I can focus on spending time with my kids after they get home from school and to take some of the craziness out of the evening time. I will let you know how that goes too.

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    1. Catherine,

      I can relate to being drawn in by the computer and I think you made an interesting observation about needing to do something creative first. I can see how that would be really helpful...along with your other ideas too!

      Sarah

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  3. I've recently started using toggl.com. It's free and it's a great way to keep track of time. I never used it well for recording everything I do, but I've found I like using it to at least track my internet use, which just so happens to be the biggest way I loose track of time, so it works well for me. :)

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    1. Katy,

      Interesting...I've never heard of toggl.com before.

      ~Sarah

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  4. Oh my goodness, I just went through this while planning thing! I made a time map (there's a free guide on http://bigrivercoaching.com - no affiliation, just liked her time map.) For the days that I get super distracted I use an app on my phone called 30-30 (http://3030.binaryhammer.com) where I have the whole map listed and it essentially time me. It is amazing how much time some things really take, and how much we never account for. I would also suggest limiting your time on pinterest/facebook, whatever else your time suck is using some sort of timer. Again, before you know it, you spent 15 minutes on pinterest, 10 minutes on Facebook, 20 minutes reading a few blogs… Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for sharing the tools that you use to help with this! You are totally right about the time that online stuff can pull you in for...it totally adds up!

      ~Sarah

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  5. Wonderful post! Did you DIY your file magazine?

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    1. Darianella,

      No, I picked it up at Target a few years ago.

      ~Sarah

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