Friday, October 30, 2009

"Life" Management Not "Time" Management

I attended the Organize2Succeed Conference put on by NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers, this past Wednesday in Bloomington, MN. It was a chance to network with others in the field and listen to a couple seminars related to the organizing industry. I sat in on two 75 minute talks by Harold Taylor, an expert in time management. Here are a few quick tips that I learned:

1) Think of balancing your time as "life management," not "time management." It not only sounds less intimidating but puts the "you" back into the picture.

2) You must have goals, a plan, and a schedule. Things might change, but if they do you will be able to adjust and know what you have to rearrange in order to keep the balance in your life you desire.

3) Write things down, and make sure you write yourself in first. This means having time blocked out for personal matters that mean most to you.

4) We can change the way our internal clock feels time and slow ourselves down by learning to mono-task, or do one thing at a time.

5) Learning to life manage is key to a long and healthy physical and mental life.

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