We all have a little bit of squirrel in us, however when you are trying to get a project done it can be quite distracting. First we might need to look at what time we actually have to manage. This chart gives us an idea of a week’s worth of time and it shows blogging, reading and writing. I would suggest you fill those slots with hobbies, exercise and fun. If writing is your fun – go for it!
According to Wikipedia time management is described as the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity. If you are a squirrel this is really difficult. I’ve already gotten sidetracked by developing a header for another blog and I just went and fixed my hair. SQUIRREL!
Knowing your time management style might be of some help. They are:
- Achievement Management – people who mark their success by how much they take on.
- Casual Management – procrastinators of the world
- Crisis Management – every event is a top priority
- Precision Management – perfectionists of the world
- Social Management – social butterflies – SQUIRRELS
Probably by now you are pretty set in your pattern but here a few tips to try and maybe you can herd those squirrels to success on your next project.
- No distractions – I like background noise, so silence is a distraction – eliminate those things that are distracting for you – your spouse, children, neighbors, pets, co-workers, boss
- Break projects up in small chunks for shorter time periods
- Always identify your top priorities each day
- Use planners, notepads, sticky notes. I have a bound planner that contains my To Do List. Each evening or first thing in morning I review and list my priorities for the next day.
- Use the clock on your computer, phone, etc. to help you allocate your time.
- Choose one thing at a time
- Spend time with squirrels – we need love – check e mails, return phone calls, etc. in between blocks of time allocated to a project.
- Specifics for each day. I remember my mother had a certain task for each day of the week. As I remember it was Baking on Mondays, Laundry on Tuesdays, Ironing on Wednesdays, Saturday was cleaning day from top to bottom of the house. Sunday was big dinner (at noon) and Sunday afternoon drive to visit. I know she had something for Thursday and Friday – probably sewing, mending, and lawn & garden work, etc. but can’t remember now.
- Reduce clutter
- Learn to say no
- Find your power hour – When you are at your best
- Ignore the shiny objects
If you can eliminate even one squirrel from your day, this article will have worked for you. Let me know what tactics you use to control your squirrels.
Cathy Shull is owner of Sage Strategies whose services include one time project management, strategic planning, visioning, tourism, team building, coaching and nonprofit administration. She works to support her rural roots and building the economies in her own backyard. She specializes in working with rural small business, nonprofits and local governments. She can be reached through Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website at www.sagestrategies.biz or connect with her on LinkedIn .
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