I thought I’d write about TIME MANAGEMENT in my January newsletter because it is the one thing that commonly impacts so many different areas of our everyday lives.
According to Wikipedia…
“Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.”
Good time management makes life go more smoothly.
Poor time management creates anxiety and stress.
As a Professional Organizer with more than 30 years of experience, I can clearly see why people often suffer from the “Terrible Toos” – too much to do, too little time to do it in.
Here are the most common causes of the Terrible Toos:
- Being over-programmed at work
- Managing a household
- Being disorganized
- Unrealistic expectations
- Always saying “yes” (never saying “no”)
- Lack of patience
- Failure to delegate
I often tell my clients; “Stop for a moment and think about it, you have the same number of hours in a day that Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand, and Bill Gates, right?”
Time management (and life management) is all about making choices. Superwoman of the 1980’s was a myth. None of us can do everything that we want, be everywhere, or go everywhere that we want. The reality is that we all have to make choices.
Being organized and managing time go hand-in-hand. One of the things I do as a Professional Organizer is help people analyze what they do with their time, determine what they would rather do, and develop a plan of action so that they can make that happen. One of my clients said that meeting with me was like “taking a Valium.”
Organized people save time and money, have less stress, and can avoid health problems caused by being overwhelmed and overworked. There is no right or wrong way to get organized. To experience lasting change it is often best to get professional help. I create systems to suit my client’s life, learning style, and work style based on THEIR particular situation. I offer these services on-site in my local area or virtual consultations by telephone. Call me for more information at (978) 922-6136.
A Quick Exercise in Time Management
Take a moment to look at this interesting infographic at my Pinterest page. It shows how most people spend their time. Where does your time go? Try this quick exercise:
1) Print out the infographic and use a black marker to write in the time you spend in each category.
2) See how your time compares and add in any additional activities you have.
Remember, there are only 24 hours in a day and that doesn’t change!
If you struggle with clutter, need help organizing your papers, find yourself with the Terrible Too’s (too much to do, too little time), I can help. Maybe it’s time for a Three Hour Transformation to help you get moving in the right direction?