Monday, April 23, 2012

Time Management


I once had a friend who only scheduled one "item" per day. When she first told me that, I thought she was joking. At the time, I was ridiculously busy, packing as many things back to back in a day that I could manage. I got a lot done, too.

But now that I'm at a different point in my life, I really wish I could schedule one thing per day.

I've bought wonderful books on the topic of time management. I've read great magazine and blog articles on the topic. And I've tried many different concepts throughout my *time*.

But really ... regardless of what system you use to manage your time ... just don't be late.

I'm a believer that if you are chronically late - you are telling people that you don't value THEIR time as much as you value your own. Show up early. If you are super busy, take "work" with you, that you can complete when you show up early and have a few minutes to wait. Or always carry a book with you, and use that "early" time to treat yourself to your favorite author.

Just ... don't be late for people and appointments and events ... it's rude and selfish.


10 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. Chronic lateness is one of my biggest pet peeves, it really is so selfish.

    I can never seem to get time management right, I seem to always end up either wasting time or never having enough of it!

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  2. No matter how early I get the kids up, it seems that we never leave the house when I want to. It's not that we're late for appointments--I make sure of that--but somehow we just don't use our time effectively, and we're always rushing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll get this time management thing straightened out soon...

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  3. I'm with you on the late thingo, Margo, I'm always chronically early. But for sure, there's not enough hours in the day. I feel like I'm under pressure, but maybe that's because of social networking too much.

    And in case it's been annoying you, the writer I told you used you to critique - it was another Margo we both follow, Margo Finke. So mystery solved.

    Denise

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    1. Hmm. Is it possible you have me confused with another "Margo" ?? Because I just googled Margo Finke, and I don't *think* I have ever critiqued or read anything of hers.

      MYSTERY!?

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    2. Sorry to confuse you Margo, but Margo Finke, not Margo Kelly, is the author that critiqued my friend, who is actually your next commenter here, lol. D.

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  4. Great post. I CAN'T be late. Can't. Late to me is not being ten minutes early.
    Sometimes when I have loads on I just switch off and use a pen and paper to do up my to-do list, it seems to help my mind clear.

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  5. Ha - one item per day! What a marvelous (and unachievable) goal. :)

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  6. Amen. Amen. Amen. I told my husband those EXACT words this week. Rude and selfish. Amen. If I teach my kids one thing in this world it will be that they should BE ON TIME!! Amen.

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  7. A vital part of all organizations involves the theory of Time Management . Time management can be explained in many ways, but always involves prioritizing the way time is used. It often includes principles, plans and skills, and always aims at getting the most value out of the time you have.

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