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Time Management: A SAW Workshop (with worksheet)

  • Published on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 14:44
  • Written by Amanda Suzzi
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Waking up with no agenda can all too easily mean a day spent in your pajamas, with no aim and no direction. That’s why I think it’s incredibly helpful to create a loosely-held routine and task list to my week.

On Wednesday evenings, I like to sit down with a cup of tea and, with my husband, chat about the next week ahead — what’s on our dockets, what errands need running, and a quick financial update. From this discussion, I add to my basic routine for the week.  If I know there’s a basic routine to my week, I can approach my days with purpose and direction. I don't have to stick to the routine - things do come up, but it's a great kickoff point.

I use my weekly checklist to check off things that need doing for the week.  Then, when I pick out a few tasks for each day, it’s less overwhelming than looking at one big list with a lot to do. I focus on lower-energy tasks in the morning, when my energy level is at its lowest.  I like to focus on tasks that require more energy when my body has the most energy — soon after lunch, in my case. Basically, I work with my natural rhythms, instead of fighting them.

Once the kids are in bed, it’s good to have a little quality down time with your spouse or by yourself, so that you’re recharged for the next day’s work.  It’s hard to do, I know, when you finally get some free time to pick up the mess and finish folding the laundry.  But have a cut-off time, so that you don’t lose your mind with your never-ending to-do list.  The laundry can wait for tomorrow.

From our conversation at the Unconference on July 29, 2009, I've learned quite a bit:

  • Get up and Move! When you're feeling stagnet, go for a jog, walk, or stretch - it helps get te creative juices flowing again.
  • If you can do it in 2 minutes, just do it - ie when you're sorting the mail.
  • Take time to dream of the bigger goals and break them into attainable bits
  • Have seperate workstations for the 'creative' and the 'business'
  • Intermingle the fun clients and tasks with those that pull you down. Find a balance so your highs and lows average out.
  • Neotice your monthly cycle and schedule accordingly. Give into desires to cry, but not in front of clients.
  • Schedule in more sex. You'll be happier and less stressed.
  • and so much more...

Do you enjoy having a predictable routine?  What makes your days at home run smoother?

Download the free Worksheet and learn how to manage your time effectively.

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