For many of us, making time is hard. We feel the constant pull from multiple directions and try to fit in everything that’s important.
(Trust me, I get it.)
But the reality is, if EVERYTHING is important, nothing is important.
So how do we fix that?
“WHEN YOU SAY YES TO SOMETHING, ASK YOURSELF “WHAT AM I REALLY SAYING NO TO?”
Every decision to do something means you are deciding NOT to do something.
Every commitment to someone means you are breaking a commitment to someone, else.
So what do you do?
One of the best tools I use to help me with this is something I stole from Amy Lynn Andrews and her $2.99 Kindle book “Tell your Time” > http://amzn.to/2ypUeRf
A significant part of the time management piece is understanding what in your schedule is flexible/fixed and what is non-negotiable/negotiable.
* Flexible time > Activity can be done when you choose.
* Fixed time > Activity time is fixed and is set by something or someone else (work, school, your daughter’s “Daddy/Mommy and Me” class, etc.)
* Non-negotiable > Activity is one you cannot, or are utterly unwilling to give up. (Maybe this is sleep or precious time with your kids.)
* Negotiable activities > Activity that you would like to keep, but if necessary, you would be willing to let go (or move).
Her GRID tool is here > https://amylynnandrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/TheGrid.pdf
You may pick up one system and run with it, wholly, or you may use a hybrid as I do. I have:
- A system for managing my calendar and blocks of time in my calendar that is a combination of 2 popular methodologies.
- A system for projects/tasks/to-dos that I integrate with my calendar management that is a combination of 2-3 approaches
You see, my natural tendency is to relish pressure and fly by the seat of my pants.
However, I learned years ago that If I wanted to be more successful, I had to push my ego aside and learn to manage my time and activities.
*Time is like money. If you don’t tell it where to go, it will leave you anyway.*
So, before the lessons pick up and the demands of the program kick in, I encourage you to MAKE TIME and get a gauge on what’s REALLY important in your life.
Your present and future self will be immensely thankful.