Birgit Kuester November 7, 2021 Planner
Exercising time management requires--you guessed it--time. It appears a touch of an absurdity, does not it? To develop effective time allocation ability, you need to take more time out of your busy day that already contains more jobs than you have some time to do. But the investment of time used to plan your time will create more time open to you in the future. So if you are already beaten down by your to do list, and you end up making excuses not to do what you know must be done, then you want some incentive. You will be able to find that inducement in the Huge Benefit of resource management.
To develop effective resource management skill, start with what galvanizes you. Do not stress about common-or-garden jobs or activities that increase productivity, but rather consider the things you like to do. Consider the things that drive you to try to earn more money so you have got more money to spend on them. Then make those things your concern, schedule them first, and schedule other stuff around them. There are a few places online you can download a daily planner template or a free printable daily planner. Do not get too wrapped up in what tool to use. A legal pad or wall calendar is sufficient for the moment. The most important thing is you get into the practice of planning your time and writing it down. We could say the activity that brings you the most delight is camping. First, decide how many days this year you need to spend camping. Then decide what times of year you would like to use those days.
Time is the self-proclaiming constant in any project. Resources, schedules, even requirements can change but no one can manipulate time. And, from my own experience I can attest that "rushing against time" never works. Time always wins that race! This is why "planning" is your trump card. Knowing and understanding your plan and everything you have to do at all times will give you the leverage you need to shift gears at any moment. Schedule your various tasks with enough time to comfortably finish each task properly and adequately. Your motto should be to "do it right the first time and forget it."
After putting your plan together start with all the main sections, including images and writing. Put each piece in place where they are supposed to be on a presentation and/or do the most important tasks first. If your project requires sequential progression, then make sure to plan for consistency. Remember, completing "most" of the task as quickly and as early as possible is key. Planners always believe they can put finishing touches on their projects at the last minute. This notion of over-confidence has been the ruin of many a great project because of the little things that get overlooked. So, editing your work is probably the second-most important task in executing a project excellently.
Another thing you can do is get yourself one of those fantastic diary planners. These business diaries or organizers are exactly that - the key to being well organized. Once again you need to adopt the habit of writing your plans and ideas down as they come to you. Think in writing. When you know the next appointment you will have - write it in. This includes important phone calls, business meetings and family get-togethers. This way you are really utilizing the true benefits to a calendar.
Take your planner with you to appointments and check with it often. Check your plans for the day the night before, the morning of, in the afternoon. Have a blank notes section in your planner to jot down ideas, goals, notes, and anything you do not have a regular place for. You may find yourself making a section in your organizer for it later. Set aside some time each evening to prepare your details for the next day. Make sure you have your to-do`s listed so you can get right at them first thing. Your organizer will evolve as you become more comfortable with using it to manage your life.