Are you making the most of your time?
For the past 11 days I’ve been so unorganized it was seriously affecting not only my business but my everyday life as well. I’m a planner and I write things down to keep track of everything which needs my attention. In previous posts I’ve mentioned that I use 3 things to keep track of my daily activities A.Calendar B. Dry erase board and C My Yahoo calendar with reminder.
Though Caron had reminded me that I needed to replace the old calendar that hangs in my office, it was almost impossible to get a new one at the various stores I checked. So I had to keep hunting until I found one… Yea! Staples Business Depot.
Here’s how I do things..
I write down every appointment I have for the month, followed by notes on the event itself (address, if I need to take anything with me, etc). Then I get Caron and our daughters to also write down any event they’ll be occupied with for that month. So with a quick glance I/we can tell if we’re busy for any specific day.
It also comes in handy when we get a call from the dentist etc to schedule an appoint for us. This way all I do is look at the calendar and I can instantly tell if we’re open for that day/time.
Since Caron works shifts (I can never tell what shift she’s on) she also writes down her schedule on the calendar. This way if our girls need a drive to an event, I can tell right away if Caron will be around or if I’ll be doing driving duties.
The Dry Erase Board.
Here’s is where I write down my daily and weekly schedule. Basically everything I’m working on for the current week, including my brain storming of ideas for possible products and/or websites I think will have cash generating potential. Everyone knows that they can take a peek at my board and know how full my schedule is. Our daughters also write down stuff like phone numbers or addresses if they’re going over to a friends house. This way we can contact them if we cannot get through to the cell phones. They also make notes here if they need me to call to book them a Dr’s appointment or anything of that nature. The board is clear at the moment, only because I can’t find my marker.
This neat tool allows me to keep track of things on another level. Not only can I enter things I have to do for the week, but I can also write things that’s long term and even events that repeat itself. I’ve also set it to send me a message 1 hour to 30 minutes (depending on the event) before each event as a reminder. So every Tuesday morning I get a message reminding me that I have to be at the Dr’s office for my weekly allergy shot. I just love this tool. But what I like best about the Yahoo calendar, is that I can access it from anywhere globally as long as I can get an internet connection. So let’s say there was an emergency and I had to go down to the Caribbean on short notice, I can still access my contacts and also see which event I’ll have to reschedule.
With these three time management tools, I can honestly say that they not only keep me “sane” but they also keep me/us on track. Funny enough… I was over at my friend’s blog “TheAtHomeCouple” and they also did a wonderful post about time management and working from home. I guess with the new year everyone’s looking for ways to be more productive and make the most of the time they have. Be sure to check out the video that Elijah and Veronica made.. I’m sure you can get a few time management pointers from it. Don’t forget to leave them a comment.
Do you have a time management tip you’d like to share? Leave me a comment below.
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