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I know that I don't manage my time effectively and I would probably benefit from some sort of schedule. I just don't know where to start. I can't help but think that if my life is too scheduled it will become boring. Is there any way to maintain some order and routine in my life without it becoming boring? How much of your life do you think should be scheduled?

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I understand your concerns and reticence about being bound by a schedule, like a dentist (think about how booked there are to get in 3 an hour or so).   I have lived that life (although not a dentist) and it did feel constricting to me.  

However, it is the most efficient way to get the most out of your time and the best way to be sure you do things timely.

 

I would highly recommend, as an alternative approach (and less constricting) you read Steven Covey's book on managing time efficiently ... forgetting name of book at moment but its in all book stores.    He has a 4 quadrant way of ranking all things into one of 4 categories (based on importance and urgency) and makes you see how you tend to do what is urgent and not important too often, when that time is usually better spent working on what is important but not urgent.  A good book and a great system.

Good luck.

Rob

ROBonYEDDA@YAHOOl.com Wisdom comes from Study, Travel & Life experiences! MY YEDDA CONCEPT IS: Good questions deserve good answers; Poor ones deserve a quick/poor answer. Dumb or silly, deserves same ... and the occasional but inevitable Idiots are best just ignored.

I use a Day Timer. Sometimes.

 

I have heard good things about the book that Rob recommended. I have not read it. It I am correct, it is entitles 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice.....* Victims of circumstance owe it to fate. Victims of choice owe it to themselves.*One of the widest gaps in human experience is the gap between what we say we want to be and our willingness to discipline ourselves to get there.

One way to be organized but not too organized is to set limits.

For example, if you have something to do (clean the house, write a paper, work on a project) set a timer and work on it for one hour. Then allow yourself a break where you can do anything you want. If the project is important, make the break a short one (15 minutes, or 1/2 hour, for example.) At the end of the break, set the timer and get back to work on what you want to accomplish.

The amount of time is something you need to figure out, depending on your priorities, but you can also say "I'll work on this stuff in the morning, and do whatever I want from noon on..." But establish a system for making progress on your work projects first, then spontaneously do what you want afterwards.

What Sam suggests here is one of the best ways to go about it - I use this method since someone explained it to me - it means you are orderly, yet flexible while still keeping tabs on your time and work tasks.

Personally when I'm working on the computer I use a free little tool I discovered in the web it's an online time clock, I list the tasks I need to do, the use the start stop buttons to keep track of what time i have spent on each. (it's here if you want to check it out - http://www.bundyspecialists.com.au/online-time-clock.php)

I answer to your original question BB - most of your life should be scheduled, just make sure it's scheduled with time for "non-boring bits" along with the boring stuff we all have to do.

Real People, Real Problems, Real Solutions Keepin' it REAL.

To manage time effectively, you need to learn time management principles.  Practicing the following time management principles will also help lower your stress levels.

1.    Create a to do list and prioritize the importance of the items.

2.    Identify your productive time.

3.    Make room for entertainment and relaxation.

4.    Apply the 80-20 rule, achieving more with less.

5.    Schedule breaks for you, and spend time with family and friends.

6.    Be proactive, not reactive

Principles of time management are not difficult or impossible to implement. They simply require you to look at things differently.

Source: http://www.your-small-biz-coach.com/time-management-principals.html

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