Time management. It’s a skill we all struggle with and love to hate.
There’s an old saying “there’s never enough time in the day.”
Do you agree? I certainly do.
The thing is, there’s usually plenty of time in the day, you just have to have good or decent time management skills and manage it correctly, while ensuring that you do not burn out.
Well, that depends. You have to define what’s correct for you.
In terms of work, sometimes when you’re forced into high gear, that’s the best moment to adapt and learn how to manage your time.
I recently had a situation where I had a handful of clients with job due dates converging at or around the same date. I had a lot of work to do to get the finished product delivered. The fact that they were all “due” at the same time forced me to figure out how I was going to accomplish this. I figured it out and was able to deliver on time. That also taught me how to avoid winding up in this same situation at a later date.
Do you plan daily, weekly or monthly? Do you plan at all? Don’t worry if you don’t… I was one of those people for a long time.
I still struggle with planning. When things are going well, it can feel like planning is unnecessary. But that’s really an illusion.
Subliminally, you are planning even if you’re consciously not aware of it.
Your body is planning to send you to the restroom in an hour.
The alarm clock you set is part of your plan to wake you up, and so forth.
So what do you do when things don’t go as planned?
I work as a mobile DJ and frequently meet with brides and grooms to help them plan music, lighting and other details for their wedding.
I often remind brides that a “day-of timeline” is important, but chronology and “step-wise” events is what matters most.
If we plan to have the father-daughter dance at 8:15 PM but catering is running late, we need to accept that this will occur closer to 8:30-8:45 and will push other events later too. When we instead shift from “timeline” to “order of events” we know what will occur along with its approximate time, and no one is upset if it doesn’t occur exactly at 8:15.
This logic can also be applied to your day-to-day life.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hit your goals at planned times. As long as you’re making progress and learning/adapting along the way, you’re growing and building.