Now that I have decided what my most important projects are and I have cleared some space for them I have came to the conclusion that I need to block time for those projects. It’s not enough that I have decided that at some point during this day I will focus on this or that, because that point never comes. I need to make a clear reservation for them into my calendar. Even though I need to keep my schedule very flexible with my little girl, there needs to be dedicated time slots for all my major projects.
Very conveniently Brian’s email today was about time management. In that email the very first thing was something that I have always dread to do. Tracking. I shouldn’t be planning my time, as I would like to do, just dedicate those time slots and that’s it. To begin managing my time I need to know where I spend it at the moment. And the only way to know that is to track it.
My “problem” with tracking is my judgemental side. If, and when I would notice that I’m wasting my time in Facebook or checking my email, I’m assuming that I would only feel worse about it, and not make anything to change it. Brian thinks differently. He writes that “the simple act of tracking ANYTHING immediately improves the performance of that activity.” Maybe I have been afraid all for nothing.
Let’s assume that I have taken on the task to track my time. I have realized that I spend a lot of time just scrolling down the feed in Facebook or that I check my inbox every other minute. The next step would be to eliminate those time wasters. This is where I start to really manage my time. By getting rid of the things that aren’t taking me toward my goals I’m making time for more important tasks.
The last step is to decide what I’m going to do with all that excess time that I now have in my hands. The suggestion or advice is to consolidate it. To have the largest possible blocks of time to do truly deep, important work. My thought is that I would love to do that if I would be in control of my time, which I am not because of I’m a full time mom to my little girl. But that’s just a limiting belief that stops me from making the most out of my time. The little one still sleeps long periods during the day, which allows me to focus on the things that are important to me. If I choose to do so.