Of all the resources provided to us modern people, time is the most limited. It keeps on ticking without any ability to pause, stop, or reverse it. Once it’s gone, there’s no getting it back. Which makes time management even more important. With that in mind, how can you get the most out of your time? Be it spending more time working, or on creative pursuits, or with loved ones. We talked with Josiane Peluso to hear her thoughts on how to get the most out of your day.
Make a Schedule
The biggest trick to managing your time is to schedule, and to stick by it. A good way to do this is to set up a calendar. Using whatever online calendar works: google calendar, iCal, and fantastical are all perfectly good options. When you begin, create a schedule that outlines your ideal day. Maybe this is working in the morning and taking the afternoon off. Maybe running first thing, taking a few hours off, and then working late. Regardless of how you set up this calendar, you should keep in mind that this calendar should bend to you, not the other way around. Don’t make days that are all work if you know that you’ll hate it. Set up the days how you would want every day to work if you could perfectly control it. If your opinions change or you find you dislike the way that your schedule is set up; change it! It’s not set in stone.
Josiane Peluso notes that doing your best to follow this schedule will allow you not only to feel more accomplished but will allow you to feel more satisfied and happier about your typical day. As you know that you’ll have done your best to strive for your desired balance between activities.
Track Your Time
If you’re interested in taking an extra step to examine your days and further manage your time, consider time tracking. Using web-applications like “Toggl” or “Tick”, you can track how you spend your time on any given day. This will allow you to add some unbiased perspective as to how you spend your time, which you can then monitor to see how you change and improve on your time management. You may find out that, while you thought you only spent ten minutes writing emails every day, you spend over an hour. Or you may learn that the report you had to send your boss that you thought took 3 hours, only actually took an hour of work. Remember that, like general time management, this time tracking is for you. You are not a slave to your time tracking. If you are too busy to keep track of things, skip the day. If you want broad categories instead of specific activities, track that way. Josiane Peluso explains that it’s all meant to help you learn more about yourself so you can better spend time on the things that are important to you.
Remember, the point of time management is not to get more work done or more relaxation in. But to spend your time purposely. For some that may mean more or less time doing certain tasks, but Josiane Peluso knows that as long as you’re conscious about your time and you split your day up in a way that works for you, there are no wrong answers.