Posts Tagged ‘time management’

Time Matters

May 14, 2015

The last time that I remember being bored was the winter of 1982-83 in Beirut, Lebanon.  I was serving in the Marine Corps and was a part of the multinational peacekeeping force.  A part of my duties was to stand twelve hours of guard duty every other day.  Six hours on, six hours off, repeat.  Standing guard for twelve hours on the perimeter of an airport where you normally did not see anyone was conducive to boredom.

That was a long time ago.

Now, I have far more things to do than I have time or energy to do.  Since I have so much to do I find it helpful to make a daily list.  This list is kept on my computer and updated each work day.

The first thing on my list is the Today category.  In this category I list those things that are scheduled for that day, or that really should be done that day.  The minimum goal is to have those things completed each day.

The second category is Daily.  This category lists those things that I would like to do on a daily basis.  These are good, routine things that I try to make a part of each day.  This list includes things like make list, take vitamins, read the paper, do some other reading, pick up around the house, do some weeding, and so forth.  I really want to get these things done each day, but sometimes it doesn’t happen.

The third category is Should Do.  This list contains a list of things that I should do, that are waiting to be done.  Once the first two parts of my list have been completed, if I have any time or energy left, then I turn my attention to this list.  On a good day, I will get numerous things scratched off this list.

The fourth category is Call/Contact.  I place peoples names on this part of the list that I need to call or visit.

The final category is Could Do.  This part of the list is all of those things that I would like to do if I can find the time.  Sadly, if an item is on this part of the list, it is not forgotten, but it may never get done.  It’s only real hope is that someday I may feel the desire to bump it up into the Should Do category.

The nice thing about the list is that it helps me to stay organized.  I can get the things done that I need to get done.  I can have a sense of accomplishment as things are scratched off the list.  If I am having a day that is overwhelming, or that I am just not very with it, I simply go to the next thing on the list, do it, and check it off.  My wife can provide input to help me in prioritizing my day so that important things are not left out.  It works well for me.

Some people do not like lists.  They feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume, or they feel that everything must be done.

I can assure you.  Everything on my list will not be done today…or this week….or possibly ever.

I can live with that.

It is merely a tool by which I organize my time.  So if you want me to do something, I will write it down,  get it on my list, and it will get done…eventually.

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Adjustments

June 27, 2011

Today is the first day of the summer classes.  I enjoy teaching, but the summer session is a serious encroachment on my schedule.  We meet four days a week for three hours. From the time that I leave home, until the time that I return, it is about  four and a half hours each day.  The problem is that I already have trouble finding the time to get things done.  Now that I will have less time available, I will need to make major adjustments to my daily schedule.  I do believe that there is enough time to do what God wants me to do.  I will pray for guidance that I will use my time wisely.  It is like budgeting money, which I am very good at, now I will have to budget my time.

Early Start

April 7, 2011

When I was a college student I thought that it would be handy if I were able to get by on less sleep.  It seems that I am now being granted my wish.  There are nights when  I will go to sleep about eleven and wake up at three.  I will toss and turn, trying unsuccessfully  to go back to sleep.  I have finally decided that I might as well accept, that on those mornings, I will get an early start to my day.  This happens maybe three or four times a month.  I have heard that other people my age have similar experiences, so I am not worried about it.  I feel fine.  I simply get more hours in my day, just like I wanted thirty years ago.

Discretionary Time

March 29, 2011

How do we use our time?

We all have certain things that we have to do.  We sleep, we eat, most of us work, we have daily hygiene, (I hope!) we purchase things that we need, and we have various household chores.  These are things that need to be done.

What time is left is what we could call down-time, or discretionary time.  In that time we have our devotions, go to church, get together with friends,  spend time on the computer, exercise, read, enjoy hobbies,  watch television, and other recreational pursuits.

What I wonder about is: does television take more of our time than it should?  Have you ever calculated how much of your time is spent watching television compared to reading?  Or how much time you spend watching television compared to how much time you spend in prayer, Bible reading,  and church services?

We set up budgets for our money because we know that if we do not handle our money well we will have serious problems.

We only have so much time.  We should be as careful in our use of time as we are our use of money.  I believe that we will have better lives if we do.