The Method does 3 things for you:
- Prioritizes your activities, passions and commitments.
- Allocates time in the order of those priorities.
- Frees you from endless to-dos by giving you back control of your time.
To get started:
- Grab a sticky pad (or about 10-15 scraps of paper).
- Think about your weekly commitments, priorities and passions. It’s important to be realistic. Do not write down what you WISH was a priority to you. If you would LIKE to be someone who reads 5 hours a week, but rarely do, reading is not a priority to you. Free yourself from self-imposed expectations. This is about who YOU ARE. And managing your time NOW. If you’d like to make time for self-improvement to pursue the hobbies or interests you’d like to have, make a sticky for “Self-Improvement.”
- Write ONE commitment on each sticky note or piece of paper. Your commitments should include the basics: sleeping, getting ready, eating. You should also include things you do on a weekly basis: work, picking up the kids, grocery shopping, resting or watching TV, chores.
- Order the commitments by priority to YOU. What do you most care about? An easy way to assign priority is thinking about what would happen if you DIDN’T complete a task or commitment. Sleeping and eating are priorities. Work is a priority. Picking up your kids from school is a priority. But if the dishes don’t get washed, is it really that big of a deal? Take the time to really think about it. And again, avoid putting pressure on yourself. YOU CAN NOT COMPLETE EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME. Afford yourself the forgiveness and understanding you afford others.
- Count how many hours are in a week. I ALWAYS suggest taking one day off completely. It allows you to play, sleep, stay in your pajamas, have drinks with friends — whatever you want — without feeling the need to track time or do work. A choreless, restful day will do wonders for your health throughout the week. If you take a day off, there are 144 hours in a week. If you choose to track time every day, there are 168 hours in a week.
- In order of priority, assign time to each commitment. Count travel time. If your kids’ school is 15 minutes away, add 30 minutes to each trip. If your daily commute is 45 minutes, add that time to work. Sleep is very important. Assign the ideal amount of sleep for YOU. Some of us only need 7 hours, others need 9 hours every day. Just make sure you allocate time for the sleep you need, not the what you wish was the case.
- Once you’ve assigned hours, add them up. Make sure your total time allocated doesn’t go over 144 hours. If you’ve gone over, deduct from the appropriate commitment. If you’re more than 10 hours under, review your commitments and add time to an appropriate area, even if it’s something as simple as watching TV.
Now you’ve made the plan and it’s time to implement. The first few weeks may be rocky. You’ll may have to say no. Something unexpected may come up. But stick with it. The Method will change the way you view time management. Take back control of your time!
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