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I am much better with a clear plan (but not that great at putting the time aside to create one).
When I am busy and scheduled, I am focused. I move from one thing to another and just get on with it. I write lists and check things off.
When I am busy and free-range, I am distracted. Overwhelmed and unable to sort the Importants from the Unimportants. Or the Urgents from the Non-urgents. I procrastinate or I move from one thing to another and another and back again. I succumb to distractions, like phone calls, emails and random visitors. I write lists and forget to look at them again.
So I have set about getting myself more focused, even on days when I have less scheduled. I have adopted some of the teachings from Zen Habits and write a Top Three every day. When I get those done, I feel like I have achieved something, even on those days when I have been allocated 12 new things to do!
I have also learnt to use my Groupwise calendar properly about bloody time, which means my Things To Do list is now digital. And accessible from any computer I use at work, or home.
I loved myself at work today. I was a demon. A demon with a plan, and a list.
What are your best time management strategies?