Due to some personal time management challenges and struggles and not able to get access to my site, I’m back. Here is another installment of the Co-op Blog post. Enjoy.
People say “I don’t have time for___.”
The truth is they are not managing their time well or they don’t have time for you or your cause. This is something I struggle with on a regular basis. I get overwhelmed with all the stuff I have to do. I have a full-time job working for the local fire department, a second job working for Daytona International Speedway as a firefighter, 3 kids with multiple sports and class events to attend, church on Sunday as well as I sit on several boards, and social events with friends and family. I feel like I don’t have time to do much else. At the end of the day it boils down to, what is important to me? The things I believe in and hold to be important, I will make time for.
I have to make a conscious effort to organize all the tasks and events in my planner, whether an actual calendar or digital schedule. I have to make sure I check my schedule before agreeing to do something. Like most people I forget to write things down because I get preoccupied with something else. Then I plan several activities or events on the same day. Which is not fair to the people involved and it tarnishes my character a little each time it happens.
I have a hard time turning people down. It’s not that I’m a “people pleaser”, it’s that I actually want to help others. That is the way my parents raised me to be. There comes a time when you have to tell people no. I’m always afraid I will come off like a jerk by saying no and that person won’t ask me to do something later on, once I have time to help. I don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to help someone or grow spiritually or just as a person, because I am “too busy”.
Time management is a misnomer, the challenge is to manage ourselves. – Steven Covey
We ALL have to same 24 hours in a day. It’s a matter of figuring out what is worth our time. Whether it be our spouse, children, family, friends, charity, or whatever you wish to spend your allotment of time on. Here are a few things to help you “spend” your time wisely…
Know where your time is going.
This is tough one. You are going to have to be honest with yourself. In the end, if you “fudge” your numbers, the only one being deceived is yourself.
Track your time just like money. Get yourself a notebook and write down everything you do with your time hour to hour and day-to-day for a month. Yes, that includes sleeping. At the end of the month, calculate where your time is being spent, however you choose. Then ask yourself if the areas that you are spent your time align with your goals or career path. If not, you can see where your time was being misused.
Start a daily schedule.
We all have a smart phone or tablet of some kind these days. If not, there are paper datebooks that have the same option. There are a lot of apps that will show you an hour by hour schedule. Use it! This way you can plan out as much or as little of your day as you see fit. It’s your time to spend where you choose. Find a tool that works for you whether paper or application. You are the one that is going to use it or not. If it is important to you, it needs to be scheduled.
Just say No.
If you are anything like me, there are people constantly asking for a piece of you time. There is nothing wrong with this, they consider you as someone with importance. We all want to be important in some way. Telling someone no when it comes to your precious time is tough, I know. But you can do it. Pick a handful of things that are important (3-5). Everything else gets a no. Not a rude no, but a thank you for thinking of me, but I am unable to at this time no. Be respectful and let them know that you may be available in the future, if you so choose.
Overall, remember that the time that you spend is not time you get back, so spend it wisely. We all have the same 24 hours in the day. It’s how you spend it that counts.