Time Management for Superstressed People - Part I
In this age of constant information, over scheduled lives and frenetic activity, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that you DO have control over your own time. If you're a parent, you probably don't feel that way, but there are definitely steps you can take to make the difference in your life and schedule.
First, as Tony Jeary writes in his book, Finding 100 Extra Minutes a Day, ask yourself "What is the greatest use of my time right now?"several times throughout the day. Make sure it is the highest leveraged, biggest ROI activity you can make it. And that does not mean necessarily a financial ROI. It could be an emotional ROI where you spend much needed time with a neglected loved one.
Prioritize your week's schedule according to your top priorities, which have the biggest leverage. Make everything else work around those priorities, whenever possible. If you know you have to take your son to soccer practice two days a week, plan to bring your laptop or iPad and do work while waiting. Maximize your time so when he comes off the field, you can focus on him.
Get in the habit of saying no. Don't over schedule yourself. My brother had been shuttling his son to 2-3 different sports throughout the week, taking up way to much time. They let him pick the sport and now it is down to one. My brother and his wife have much more time to tend to their priorities. You will, too, once you make decisions that support what is best for the entire family.
Part 2 on Wed.
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