....I got more organized, I hadn’t taken time to get organized, time management tip 1 - schedule time to work on your schedule. I do so much better when Sunday evening includes a review of my week. A mental structure and focus. I had forgotten to schedule in some of my tasks. For example the board report, due the 2nd Monday of the month requires stats on the previous month. I used to schedule my stats day right around the first. I failed to do that, and was scrambling yesterday to get my stats done. Solution - manage your time like a budget, account for all income and expense. Time you need for everything, we only have so many hours/income, and can only spend that amount. I made a list of all the items I need to schedule time for each month. Only 12 major items to schedule around.
My time management tip #2 – structure to your strengths. This is from a favorite blogger, Penelope Trunk she provides a list of 10 tips, I’m using a combo of 1 & 6. The changes I am implementing, to structure to my strengths, include structuring my email time. My ADD, causes me to say yes to everything. I say yes, then look at my calendar. If I answer emails, which are usually requests, in a structured, sit down, have my calendar time, I can more easily see what I can say yes and no to. On the fly, I say yes. I have superwoman complex, I think I can, and I want to be all things to all people.
Another structure to strengths example involves meeting my own needs. I have a need to feel productive. Spinning my wheels is extremely frustrating to me. I am getting up, and getting on the computer first thing. Enjoying my cup of coffee, getting something, anything done, before getting dressed and heading into the office. I am SURE this sense of achievement and productivity will help me.