Post from Transformation Tom™-BALANCING PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL TIME: Chapter from “Time Management Manifesto”

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BALANCING PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL TIME

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was sitting in a company-sponsored time management class as a
new manager at the ripe age of twenty-four. I held in my hand my
brand new time management binder that, I was sure, would solve
all my problems. The instructor made a comment that has unintentionally
stuck with me for years: “If you can’t manage your time well,
you’ll be playing catch with one of your kids one day and your mind
will be elsewhere, trying to remember what you need to do next.” Fast
forward to many years later, when I was kicking a soccer ball around
in the yard with my oldest when I found my mind wandering. I was
distracted with work thoughts. My personal and professional lives were
bleeding together.

Welcome to the modern world, where there is inevitably a blur
between work and home. Yet, we have control over more than we
think. The boss may be barking instructions, your email inbox is
blowing up, and you have to post that picture of what you ate last
night on Facebook. It can all be done. Time management isn’t about
a new binder or even an electronic device. It is a disciplined mindset
that allows you to live in the moment while working toward the
future. Time management is often a mental game—but the concept
of time management doesn’t have to be hard. It’s about commitment,
routines, flexibility, adjustments, and planning. We create our own
self-limitations. We say we’ll do tomorrow what we really want to do
today. You must eliminate what’s holding you back.

You can’t come home after a day of work and completely clear
your head—can you? Yes. It starts with taking inventory. I don’t want
you to start a time study. They are too subjective, the data sources
too unreliable. Instead, I want you to write down the top three things
that take up most of your time at work, regardless of whether they’re
required or not. Think it through. Not what took your time yesterday;
think about what consistently occupies your day. The goal of this book
is to gain efficiency where and when you can, even if it takes small
steps. By keeping it top of mind as you continue to read through Time
Management Manifesto, you’ll start to adapt your most time-consuming
methods and habits to find the balance you’ve always wanted.
Time management is a requirement for all people in all roles—not
just CEOs, managers, owners, or even individual contributors. If you
think you don’t have enough time to invest in order to improve your
own time management, think again. There are only twenty-four hours
in the day. They should not all be devoted to work, but if you don’t
manage the work piece, you can’t balance the personal piece. Start
immediately. Manage your time, don’t let it manage you.

 

 

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