Schedule in Some Margin Time

If you want to get a grip on your time management for the long-term, you must have a long-term plan. A while back, I discovered my new favorite time management tip: schedule everything. It made a huge difference in how I spent my time but it wasn’t perfect.

Build in Margin Time

There were time when I felt overwhelmed trying to fit everything in. I’ve had to scale back a lot but the biggest difference for me came when I started to schedule in some margin time. I’ve read about the importance of margin time from several sources and they are right.

Inevitably, you will almost always need more time to do something than you think. Whether it is getting ready to go somewhere, to writing, to handling administrative tasks, etc. There will be interruptions. There will be issues, if something can happen, it often does!

Therefore, if you build in some margin time, you give yourself breathing room. It allows you to keep the overwhelm under control because you aren’t under the gun. For me, once I built in some margin time, I have been able to keep an even better handle on my time management.

Yes, I’ve had to let some things go. Yes, I’ve had to make even more hard decisions on how I spend my time. But, that’s a good thing! I know if you build in some margin into your schedule it will make a difference for you too. It will give you greater focus and it will give you some extra space. So give it a try!

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My New Favorite Time Management Tip

SCHEDULE EVERYTHING

I learned this from Anastacia Brice. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’m one of those who have heard her talk about this before but it just flew over my head – until recently.

My New Favorite Time Management Tip

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After reading her post about scheduling, I decided to give it a go. I am rather good at time management; however, there are a few things that have been falling through the cracks lately so I knew I needed to tweak my system. Therefore, I got out my calendar and scheduled absolutely everything I need and wanted to do.  And I mean everything!

I started by scheduling my wake up time, bed, time, prayer time, exercise time, housework, and all personal time. Then I scheduled everything that was for my son, Andrew that required my time or assistance such as taking him to his sports or other activities. In the fall, I will add all of his homeschooling tasks. With the time I had left, I added everything else such as checking emails, appointments, returning calls, and most importantly, my writing time.

Next, it was time to start implementing the schedule. I have been following this system for about a month now and it is working beautifully! I’m not as overwhelmed as I was before and I am making smarter choices in how I use my time. I’ve even built in some buffer time so that I’m not running from one thing to the next. I don’t always follow it perfectly, but my time management is worlds apart from what it was AND those things that fell through the cracks? They’ve finally been dealt with. 🙂

If you are feeling overwhelmed, not getting your writing time in, or just looking to tweak your time management skills, I highly recommend you follow Anastacia’s advice. And if you do, let me know how it works for ya!

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To Multitask or Not to Multitask?

I love this post, Multitasking in Out, Unitasking is In, by Danielle Keister and wholeheartedly agree with her!

To Multitask or Not to Multitask?

I am not a fan of multitasking, or very good at it, for that matter. I believe that I do my best work when I focus on one thing at time and I am happy to see that the experts finally agree with me. LOL!

According to the Stanford study that Danielle links to,

People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time, a group of Stanford researchers has found.”

That makes perfect sense to me. When I do more than one thing at a time I feel scattered, rushed, and ineffective. However, when I focus on only one thing at a time, I actually work faster and with greater accuracy.

What about you?

P.S. I encourage you to take the free multitasking test linked at the bottom of the post.