I often hear people make the vague statement "I'm busy" as a reason to reject another commitment or engagement. When people tell me they are busy, I try to listen closely to hear more.
Life can be full and overwhelming. Just moving through the routines of the activities of daily living can be time consuming, yet these mundane tasks help to shape the quality of your life and determine how well you function. Getting adequate amounts of sleep and rest each day is a goal worth setting in your time management plan. It takes time for your body and mind to adjust to new schedules and demands so you should consider the cost when adding new activities to your schedule or workload. Are you an early bird or a late night owl? Do you need a nap during the day? What are your highest and lowest points of the day? Understanding the answers to these questions may help you to become more productive and effective with time management.
One of my favorite talks on time management is "The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" by Randy Pausch. It's a candid talk about pursuing life with your God given dreams and working creatively to make them a reality. He offers practical lessons for example, understanding the "Four Quadrant To-Do List" to help you prioritize tasks by showing you how to put more focus on the what matters most in your time.
I have read a few other helpful books on time management and will share more in future posts. Time management strategies can help you find balance in your life and improve your well-being.