At Saturday's regular meeting of the Liberty State Fiction Writers, we were treated to an excellent presentation on time management by Ann Greville, who writes as Elizabeth Kelley.
I'm a great believer in setting goals and planning things out to make the best use of my time. Unfortunately, I'm also one of those people who gets himself organized with reasonable ease, but very soon slips back into bad habits.
Ann had a lot of good information and useful tips to share. She referred us to this excellent article:
Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?, by William Oncken Jr. and Donald L. Wass (with commentary by Stephen R. Covey) - If you've never read it before, I highly recommend it. Ann cleverly showed us how the same management technique could be applied to our personal lives.
In addition to the 'Monkey' article, two other points Ann made resonated with me. The first came when she said we not only had to learn to prioritize, we also had to learn to RE-prioritize or even DE-prioritize.
The second came during the Q&A session, when someone asked if it would be efficient to combine family time (like watching TV together) with catching up on social media. Ann recommended we didn't do that. 'Family time is family time,' she said. I found myself agreeing, and made a note to stop catching up on emails during my own 'family time'.
Starting today, I'm working to a new schedule. My 'To do' list is full and up-to-date. The day's divided into blocks of time, during which I have specific tasks to complete. So far, I'm doing well, but of course, tomorrow, the real test begins.
How about you?
How do you manage your time?