I’m hardly the best in the world when it comes to time management skills. I’m easily distracted, especially on the internet, when I have a thousand worlds at my fingertips.
These are a few tools I use to make sure that I Get Stuff Done. I am one of those people who enjoys inflicting to-do lists and schedules on myself. You may not like them. But if you do, I hope a few of these ideas may inspire you.
1) My planner.
Earlier this year I shared a few New Year’s resolutions, and a photo of my Moleskine planner. This is my second year using a Moleskine daily planner. I love these fat little books. They’re about the size of my hand, so they fit easily in a purse. They come in bright colors, they have a nice ribbon bookmark sewn in, and an elastic band to secure the cover. They also have a pocket folder at the back.
Fancy unfocused “artistic” photo of my planner.
2) Microsoft Excel.
This habit I picked up from my job. Every week our supervisor gives us a schedule made on Microsoft Excel, and it was so useful that I decided to make one for myself. Here’s a screenshot of this week’s schedule (click to zoom in):
It’s very simple, no fancy colors. Mostly I use this to lay out my week and see when I need to schedule important tasks.
3) Computer alarm.
I installed Free Alarm Clock to my computer a few days ago in an attempt to make myself shut down at a reasonable hour. I really want to wake up earlier, but to do that I have to get to bed earlier, and that means turning off the internet rather than staying up until 1am exploring the sparkly depths of Pinterest.
The program is very simple: you can set an alarm to go off at any time, and there are several different alarm sounds to choose from, or you can upload your own. (I have a Chinese flute with a chirping bird.) You can also name the alarm anything you want, so I’ve set mine to be little reminders of how pleasant sleep can be:
Why yes, that is Tom Hiddleston as King Henry V in the background. Henry V believes in the power of getting up early to defeat your enemies at the Battle of Agincourt.
So, how do you manage your time? Let me know in the comments!