Last week, I talked about changing your perception of your calendar to help with those emotional barriers to good time management. This week, I want to get back to the practicalities and expand your calendar a little bit to include all that you are responsible for.
Part 1 of this series showed you how to add everything that you do to your calendar. Now, let's break that calendar down into manageable parts. Here is the week view of my basic calendar:
Any events that I share with the family like meals, I put into a family calendar. Simply click "Add Calendar", name it Family and click ok. Then, go into those shared events and change it to the Family calendar. It will look like this:
(If you are doing this with pen and paper, you can highlight the shared events in a different color.)
Now, you are probably asking yourself, what is the point of this exercise? I am an extremely visual person. Therefore, having the different events for different things in different colors, really hits it home with me that certain things take a certain amount of time. When a task is done, it is time to shift gears and do something else. The biggest time highjacker is not letting go and not moving on to the next thing.
So, I guess the message here is make sure that whatever method you use, allows you to see a start AND a finish to all your events and tasks.
As you can see, tackling your calendar isn't an exercise in futility. It is definitely a necessity and a happy Tackle It Tuesday with 5 Minutes for Mom ! Next week, we will tackle the To Do List portion of your calendar.