By now I'm sure you have seen the video of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), reclaiming her time! If not take a look!
I was so tickled to hear Auntie Maxine (she just reminds me of my auntie) reclaim her time. Our time is a great value and we need to make sure it is used efficiently.
Your Time and how to Reclaim it
I plan out my week every Sunday by assessing everything I need to accomplish in the upcoming week. This works best for me because I have a good idea of what and where I need to focus. Adding a little bit of structure to your calendar can help you gain control over your time throughout the week. Even though I love technology and my Google Calendar, I still use a planner to keep me sane. An example of that is I know that my local networking event will require about 3 hours of my time. This event is held on the first Monday of the month. Since Mondays can be a bit crazy anyway, this particular Monday is always busy for me because it requires me to spend a good deal of time outside of the office. In an effort to make the most of my time, I try to schedule any meetings on the same side of town as my event.
Sorry I Have to Work
There is always a networking event, class or webinar going on. I would love to attend them all but I cant. Instead, I look for the webinars that are recorded so that I can listen to them at my leisure. I sat a two-event limit just so that I can keep up with work, etc.
What tools and techniques do you use to reclaim your time?
"Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it."