For many, a new year prompts a list of New Year's Resolutions. Time management is closely related of course. I thought I'd talk about a few things I've learned about myself and what works and what doesn't work. For me.
These tips can be applied to many things, but not all. There are definitely some circumstances when you just need to face something head on and make hard choices. But if you're the type (like me) that sometimes has a hard time implementing positive changes, you might be able to relate.
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Common sense perhaps, but here's what helps me:
Tip #1: Ease Into It (so you don't feel like a loser)
If you're like me and tend to fall off the wagon when it comes to making big changes in your life (losing weight, getting out of debt, getting organized, managing your time, etc.), my vote is to start small and ease into it. Instead of launching a huge program with lots of lofty goals, choose one thing you can do for ten minutes for 3 days. That's it. One thing, ten minutes, three days. Commit to that. I'll bet ya a doughnut you'll decide after those three days to keep at it because the starting is the worst part. The key here is to celebrate what you're already doing right!
Tip #2: Deprivation Leads to Excess (for some people)
I don't know about you, but if I deprive myself of something (e.g. I'm not going to eat any more sugar, or, I will not buy any books/clothes/shoes/gadgets for 6 months), I tend to obsess about the very thing I'm supposed to avoid. Then, when I've either given up or my allotted time of deprivation is over, I go hog wild. In many things, moderation really is a great option. Not only does it keep you from obsessing, it is also a lot easier to maintain long term.
The bottom line
As you work through Tell Your Time and Step 1 (Purpose) and Step 2 (Plan), focus on the the "gimmes" first. You probably have a number of Roles & Goals you're already doing well. Be encouraged that you've got a great start! Slowly add more, thoughtfully and purposefully. And slowly cut back on the things you want to see reduced until you've created a good balance. Slow and steady, both ways.
(If you're just joining me, you can buy Tell Your Time here.)
What about you? Do you make New Year's Resolutions?
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Other posts in this series
- 7 Principles to Live By in 2013
- How I Deal with New Year's Resolutions
- How to Create a Weekly Schedule Using Google Calendar
- 4 Steps to Better Blogging Time Management