Get your life back! Calendar Control for Busy People
November 21, 2014
Trying to get your life back under control?
Keep a time log for a week. Be honest and diligent. Track every 30 minutes.
Print two blank calendars either by week or by month.
List all your current commitments on one.
On the other list only those commitments that are directly related to the priorities in your life or critical to goal achievement.
Review your time log. Review your calendars. Review your goals and priorities. Be honest with yourself. Don't beat yourself up. Keep moving forward.
Based on what you learned:
Create "rules" or best practices for yourself. i.e. I set a time for task using the Pomodoro technique. (Google it.) Start calls announcing the amount of time you've allotted and stick to it. Don't let other people's emergencies run your life.
Reconnect to the picture of your ideal life. If you want to go crazy...picture your outrageous, over the top life! Swim in what that life and relationships look like, feel like, sound like... Picture a calendar that supports that lifestyle and take action accordingly.
Begin to view your calendar like a checkbook register. Every block of time is an investment in something. If you are not managing your calendar on purpose you will accidentally get something you may not like.
"Every minute spent in planning saves nine in execution." Brian Tracy
"Without vision, people perish" Proverb
"People find the the time, money, and resources to do what they really want to do (for the most part). If you don't want it badly enough, you won't make time for it." Kathie Nelson