One of the things I know is, “Manage your schedule or your schedule will manage you.” Okay, that’s what I “know”, but that’s not always what I practice. I am pretty goal-oriented. I like to set goals and accomplish them, I love to check things off my to-do-list. Probably why I like to mow the lawn or paint the walls in my house.
I do pretty good in keeping with my schedule, but there are times I need to sit down and re-evaluate where I am spending my time. Here’s a few things that are working for me:
1 – I Am Managing My Time Backwards – What’s the overall vision? I start there, then my time and planning shifts from quarterly tasks to monthly. Then it translates to weekly and finally daily activities.
2 – I Get the Big Rocks In First - To stay on track, I develop a calendar that lists the important work to be done, and provide deadlines for progress points and completion.
3 - I Must Factor in the Entire Work Process – We have a SUPER CREATIVE STAFF at Victory. If we’re not careful, we will come up with awesome ideas that we never do. So we are working to think through all the steps. What has to be done? Who will do it? How long will it take? What additional resources are needed?
4 – I Have to Keep the People in Mind – I have discovered that most all goals involve tasks, training, and relationship building. If all we do is focus on the task, we suck the life out of our team. We are planning times for relationship building so people feel valued, and training so they feel ready and competent to carry out the tasks.
5 - I am Learning to Include Margin in my Schedule.Margin is time reserved for unexpected challenges and opportunities. Richard Swenson, author of Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, says that when we do not build margin into both our professional and personal lives, breakdown is right around the corner.
Since launching a Theater Campus, I am reminded that I am the only one who controls my schedule. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and the same 7 days a week. When I say “YES” to one thing, I am saying “NO” to another. “Lord, teach me wisdom.”
What are some tips you use in time management? Email me at email@example.com