I’m taking back the management of my day—15 minutes at a time.
Back in the busiest season of my life, I made a practice of tracking my daily schedule in 15 minute increments. I know I didn’t come up with the idea on my own, but not quite sure where it came from. It was awesome! Suddenly I found so much more time in my day. Whether blocking in 15-minute power naps or finally realizing how much time I spent on social media, these weekly schedules kept me on track and heading proactively towards my goals.
Well I’m back, in the throes of another crazy busy season. I’ve tracked my calendar on my phone, and while I don’t miss appointments, I can admit that some projects and priorities keep falling by the wayside. For today’s Make a Difference Monday, I’m taking back daily time management, and implementing a few lessons I learned last time around.
- Don’t use structure to block out people. My natural tendency is to become project-focused, and to fill my day with tasks and checklists. This time around, I’m looking to use better time management to make more time for people. I want to remember to reach out to my community and to have more resources to invest in the important relationships in my life.
- Don’t assume control. I want to better manage my day, not to control it. Detailed time management is intended to enable flexibility to follow God’s leading. What does He want during my day? How does he want my current habits to shift? Better time tracking will help me expand into my calling, not contract into an overwhelmed over-managed mess on my office floor.
- Don’t over-correct. Have you ever had that experience when driving on ice and you start to skid? The trick is not to over-correct, thus launching you full throttle in the opposite direction. I’m coming to this challenge already fighting the need to over-correct. I don’t need to have a planned activity in every 15-minute time slot. Leaving time for relaxation, regrouping, and planning is just as valuable as scheduling meetings, running errands, and checking off items on my to-do list
- Don’t be afraid to change habits. I’m fully expecting to look back over this week and see a whole bunch of misused time. And that’s okay. Part of this exercise is learning what I need to change.
What do you think? Are you interested in joining the challenge as I schedule out my week 15-minutes at a time? Click these here to download my FREE templates including your weekly schedule and a task checklist!