“A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.”
If you’re like me, you’re not great with your time. I often find myself wondering where my time went. Whether a day at the office or a relaxing vacation, so often I look back and wonder why I didn’t get more done. I feel like I’m a time sponge. I suck up any extra time, and it’s not that I was being lazy. I just wasn’t being efficient.
Instead of telling my time what to do, I was left wondering where it went. There’s a better way to handle your time, MAKE A PLAN!
As I write on time management, I have to admit that this is certainly not my strong point. In fact, really I’m writing this as a way to give myself some public accountability to do a better job of being intentional with my time. And I didn’t come up with any of these ideas. This is my compilation and application of various books, articles, and talks I’ve heard on time management.
To understand why we waste time, we first have to understand the different ways we use time.
Four Things We Do That Take Up Our Time
- Text messages
- Social media notifications
- Unplanned phone calls
- Impromptu meetings
The Secret to Maximizing Your Time
Lock time into your schedule in advance to make major progress on important but non-urgent things. And, save specific time to address urgent but not important things. Always leave margin in your schedule for when a crisis does come up.
Budget Your Days and Weeks
What are some things you do to help maximize your time?