Hey my personal people! So a lot has happened since the last time I was here, its just last week but it feels like forever ago. Also; I feel like I have had to gain 2 years worth of experience/ wisdom just this past week.
One of the very important things I have had to learn (not that I have learned it yet) is time management, and in this post I would be sharing my bit on time management based on some writings I stumbled upon and also from personal experience. This is more of a note so self as I am yet to master these but let’s quickly run through some of these tips as someone else might find them useful:
1. Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You’ll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions.
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2. Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they’re unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.
Personally, I feel a secret to setting tasks and to-dos is to be realistic, set realistic targets for yourself so that you can occasionally enjoy the pleasure of surpassing your targets.
3. Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities and conversations that produce most of your results.
Your line of work or the variety of task to be performed would definitely influence the thoughts, activities and conversations you consider as important. This point is relative and it will also influence your choice of leisure activities. I for instance, contrary to normalcy; time spent watching fashion shows, reading other blogs, posting on social media, chatting with other fashion creatives and in fact day dreaming about the next piece to come up with or looks to shoot can still be regarded as productive hours, so if you are like me- a fashion creative, the irony of our situation is that a break from anything fashion or social media related is what is considered as down time to us. Fun right? Not always…
4. Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you’re doing. Take, for instance, the concept of having “office hours.” Isn’t “office hours” another way of saying “planned interruptions?”
This is the most realistic points of all, with this it is actually possible to plan for the unplanned because realistically, they are bound to occur. It would be unrealistic to presume that nothing would interrupt your work flow.
5. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.
This sounds too idealistic and serious right? But think of it; even comedians have to write down their materials and rehearse over and over again… So why should planning be too serious for me?
6. Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain. This will help you know what success looks like before you start. And it will also slow time down. Take five minutes after each call and activity to determine whether your desired result was achieved. If not, what was missing? How do you put what’s missing in your next call or activity?
This if not anything else helps you to be straight forward; I know what I want to achieve and I get on saying and doing things that help me achieve it…
7. Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up. Disconnect instant messaging. Don’t instantly give people your attention unless it’s absolutely crucial in your business to offer an immediate human response. Instead, schedule a time to answer email and return phone calls. Block out other distractions like Facebook and other forms of social media unless you use these tools to generate business.
It might look like we that use social media as a tool are about to escape this clause right? However I am learning to identify activities which are priority and those that are not, take for instance this thing that always happens to me, so I might be writing a blog post or any other online task and at the same time I am replying certain social media messages and ignoring others, now it looks like I am a snub right? but here is the thing; I have this amazing friend, asides from the fact that we talk every time, he is also a tech expert and as such we might be on whats app chatting while he is putting me through something else tech related, so it looks like I am chatting however, I am not really chatting. Also, some notifications are urgent while others are not so urgent. Furthermore, doing two or more unrelated things at the same time would do well to ensure that you do not get the best out of any, so in due( time after I must have completed my task) I return to other things and pay raft attention to them.
8. Remember that it’s impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results.
One of the most ironical things I have had to realize is that I did not truly appreciate the value of time until I watched it translate directly to income, because at the end of the day; the value we get out of something is the reason why we do it.
This is actually a good choice if you are going to have a casual Saturday, say I hang out, catch a movie or just a casual meet with friends… After dressing up all through the week, you just might fancy letting it loose.
The Floral print of the long top is the high point of the outfit for me… And guess what just came to my mind! What if a girl actually wore it buttoned up as a shirt dress? Let me stop before…
I hope my bit on time management would be useful to someone out there. Also, I want to appreciate the winners from the last giveaway post; Ms Softrock, Tobi and Olamide for participating, I ended up sending them mails instead I was unable to write another post last week.
With all the emphasis on time; I sincerely want to thank you for your all your time, I hope I am able to add commensurate value.
God Bless you.