Well I’m stuck inside with a stiff neck wearing a scarf which makes me look incredibly chic and, until I try to move and said stiff neck just makes me look clumsy.
So, I figure I’ll keep this post short and sweet. It works for me and it’s probably good for you too.
This week I have been trying my hand at some new time-management techniques. This is something I get incredibly excited about, that and buying stationery. This week I treated myself to both.
I thought I’d explode.
But I didn’t…instead I acquired some new books about time management as well as implementing a couple of new techniques.
Time management for me is something that can be constantly tweaked and there’s no definitive method that will work for everyone. It’s about finding out new methods and modifying them to suit your lifestyle because let’s face it, if you don’t like to use something, it’s not going to work for you, you simply won’t do it.
I’m a lists kinda gal. I have different notebooks for different lists of varying size and you can bet I have a list each day of what I’m going to do. As well as one for the week…and then there are my long term goals written on another list.
So, I was intrigued to try Mark Forster’s AutoFocus method which works on chipping away at a backlog whilst also getting through any new or recurring tasks that crop up.
I liked the AutoFocus system but have to say it’s probably for those who are already keen practitioners of time management techniques, particularly as one of the rules when you have picked a task to work on is “work on an item for as long as you feel like doing so”.
I prefer a little more of a deadline urgency with my tasks and like to have a scheduled time for working on a particular item.
Still, it’s definitely worth a look and I’m going to employ this method for another few days at least and see how it integrates into my working routine.
The two books I picked up this week were:
Mark Forster – Do It Tomorrow
After reading about his system online I wanted to see what other methods might be included in the book.
Mark Fritz – The Truth About Getting Things Done
This looks like a more accessible dip in, dip out book with 42 “truths” about getting things done, with each one explained over 2 pages.
For an incredibly accessible dip in, dip out, re-read I can highly recommend the free ebook by Mark McGuinness: “Time Management for Creative People” which I have printed out and is thoroughly dog eared and underlined.
And that’s another night wrapped up!