I will be honest when I hear the words ' time management ' I waiver between all out panic, and total boredom.
On one hand the concept of time can send me quickly into a existential crisis if I let it (cue Matthew McConaughey in Gravity). On the other hand those two words together are often the introduction to man boring H.R. and Self-Help seminars.
But the reality is that unless we end up being the space traveler that unlocks the code to time travel, we are locked in to the experience of every other human - 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 365 days in a year. And it never seems like enough.
We're not doomed to feel this way... helps on the way!
7 Day Time Inventory
Grab a journal (here are some of my favorites) and find blank pages; this journal will be attached to your hip for the next 7 days.
Over the next week
Honest truth? Every single person has surprising time wasters - too much TV, too much social media, too much saying YES to tasks that they don't really need to do. I have never taken anyone through this exercise, from any walk of life, who didn't discover and opportunity to reclaim a portion of their day.
This inventory ONLY works if you're honest, and it only works if you do it for a full 7 days.
At the end of the 7 days answer these questions:
After answering those questions identify the pocket of time each day that can be freed up. And answer this final question...
EXERCISE #2 DECLUTTERING YOUR SCHEDULE
EXERCISE #3 PLANNING YOUR DREAM SCHEDULE
Shift forward two weeks or a month (think blank slate) and use they information from EXERCISE #1 & #2 to plan how you want your weeks to go.
Start by plugging in the following blocks each day of the week: PERSONAL, FAMILY, WORK, EXERCISE, CREATIVE, PLAY.
Using what you already know from Exercise #1 you will have a pretty good idea of what is valuable and unchangeable (i.e. the school bus probably schedule probably isn't changing for this exercise), and identify where the shifts can happen.
Goals: Pre-plan for ...
If you run into a difficulty doing this, go back to the questions in Exercise #1, specifically addressing what tasks can actually be done differently, delegated, or not done at all.
Body. Mind. Spirit.
Hi there! You found me. My name is Julia Marie Lopez. For 22 years I have studied meditation and mindful movement as my primary tools for healing. For the past 13 years I have worked as an instructor, a wellness business owner, the Founder of Practice Everywhere, and now I am embarking on a new adventure to expand how we define our Personal and Public Practices.
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