I’m still here…

Well, if you read my last post, you’ll surely recognize that keeping this blog more active isn’t one of my New Year’s resolutions. And don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another post about resolutions…kind of. You see, I’m realizing that time management isn’t one of my fortes. I’ve constantly running around feeling like I’m […]

Well, if you read my last post, you’ll surely recognize that keeping this blog more active isn’t one of my New Year’s resolutions.

And don’t worry, this isn’t going to be another post about resolutions…kind of.

You see, I’m realizing that time management isn’t one of my fortes. I’ve constantly running around feeling like I’m doing a ton of stuff but not really getting a lot accomplished.

So, I’ve done a bit of research and here’s what I’ve come up with: Make a graph like this:

Ignore what I’ve put in the graph (that was just stuff I work on for a side job of mine). The point is that you need to organize the tasks you have to do every day into things that are Urgent vs. Not Urgent. Important, not as important. Then fill in the grid. It sounds simple, right? Well here’s the thing….If you are anything like me you spend too much time each day making a to-do list then not knowing where to start on that list. Using this graph (or something like it – feel free to tweek it till your heart’s content) will make the process a lot easier to digest. You know exactly where to start: With the Urgent and Important tasks first. Then move on to Not as Important but still Urgent.  Next work on the things that are Important but Not Urgent, and finally take some time working on the Not as Important and Not Urgent set of tasks.

I’ve also found it is helpful to break down the quadrant by time. For example, I will give myself 30-40 minutes to work on a task. Sometimes it’s only 20. I set a timer and as soon as it goes off, I work on something else within that quadrant. It helps my brain stay focused. I notice that coming back to a task after being away from it allows my subconscious to continue working on the problem so that when I come back to it, I’m fresher.

Hope this has been helpful!

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