Yesterday was Spring cleaning day at my office. It was a big event because my office supplied the desk cleaner and cookies! My desk usually isn't too bad but it has been several years since I have gone through the old paper work and reorganized my area. I was able to
One of the items I found in the depths of my file cabinet was a handout on time management. A few years back, our team attended a workshop devoted to maximizing time and improving workflow. I vaguely remember the class but I couldn't tell you one thing from it. The doodles, notes to other co-workers, and the many games of Hangman all over the materials was a good indication that the A.D.D. kicked in that day.
I was just about to pitch this info but I decided to take one last look at it. As I skimmed through it I decided that I could probably use a lesson in time management to gain control of everything I have taken on. Especially since I signed up for a marathon. As we all know, there are lots of hours invested into training.
Some of the things that really stood out to me were:
"Harnessing your Energy"
This is assessing your energy level on a typical day. When are you most awake, when do you feel slow? By knowing your up and down times of the day can help schedule and plan activities during the day to maximize productivity. For me, my energy is all in the morning. I hit a slump in the afternoon, then I get another buzz around 8PM.
"Typical vs. Ideal Day"
If I were to dream up my ideal day, it would resemble a TV commercial. You know the one, the stylish cute MILF that juggles 4 tasks at once, is raising a litter of kids, has a successful career, has the perfect marriage, and has a perfectly clean house with all the laundry done. In reality, I am constantly in the car, cannot keep up with all my commitments, and I end up screeching like a banshee. Perhaps it is time to define some realistic goals since my ideal and typical days are polar opposites.
I have a whole list of time robbers but the "internets" takes the cake for my numero uno time waster.
Procrastination is a huge problem for me. One of my handouts listed these guidelines for combating the "I'll do it later" syndrome.
- Set a Deadline
- Reward yourself
- Follow up with someone or be accountable
- Do craptastic stuff first
- Break it up in to smaller jobs
- Like Nike says "just do it....now
"Tips on how to say NO"
This is one page that I am going cut out and carry with me at all times. It is such little word but why is it so hard to say????? I have had trouble saying no and it has gotten me in the schedule fiasco that I am dealing with now. The tip that stood out the most to me was "Excel at just a few things, rather than being just average at many. Don't try to do everything". If you look at my ideal day, I think I secretly hope to become a Stepford wife. Gah! That is one piece of advice that I am going to burn on my brain.
Source: HR training materials that were put together from many other sources. Does this count as a properly siting my source? Ha! Glaven, maybe you can chime in on this.
I don't expect to ever master the secrets of time management but I am hoping any sort of improvement! I am hoping to apply it to more than just worklife. Is anyone else a complete failure with managing time?
Back to running....literally. I will be back to running this weekend. Even if it is raining.
Have a great weekend everyone!