I still have loads to talk about from Healthy Living Summit. Time Management was a session I opted to take, having no clue I would come away with as many useful tips as I did. I thought, “I’m an adult, I can manage my schedule.” Pfft, I had no idea a highlighter could hold such power. Sarah, Kath and Morgan were our fierce instructors.
- Set priorities: know what you can and cannot let slide.
- Start a to-do list: Traditional pen and paper work (see image to the right:), or you can get fancy with Teux Deux or another online task manager.
- Objects on list may take longer than they appear: leave some buffer room for the clingers that take longer than you plan.
- Know your motivators: understand “why” you are wanting to put something at the top of your list versus the bottom.
- Schedule time for friends and family: make it a date night or girls night out, but putting something on your calendar means you are committed.
I was astonished at how much better I felt about things I had to do once I put them on paper. I have found a list keeps me honed in and on task throughout the day. I tell that empty box to ready itself for a check! My half marathon training schedule is also keeping me from missing critical days of running.
I had my first weeknight dinner party with friends last night. It was refreshing to see everyone on “a school night” and it worked because we penciled in the important date. I also implemented these rules as I packed for beach trip this weekend. Or you can do what my girlfriend is doing — she hasn’t unpacked from her last trip and is throwing new stuff in.
Small things may seem irrelevant, but saving time here and keeping yourself organized is part of maintaining balance and a healthy lifestyle. One of the amazing instructors Sarah has the full recap if you have a hankering for more fabulous deets.
In what ways do you keep yourself organized and buttoned up? You prefer traditional pen and paper list or do you like something digital?