Saturday, January 25, 2014
Time for a Change?
It's almost February! How are you goals working out? Were they too big to ever finish so you quit? Did you make them small so you could do them in a day to help with feeling like you accomplished something in 2014. *Disclaimer I have done this. Mine was by January 2, I will have moved from the chair to the couch. ACCOMPLISHED! Felt pretty good about that.
What I wanted to do this year was manage my time better. In 2013 I was recovering from an illness--mostly on the couch. I got lost in Pinterest, Facebook, tried to tweet but mostly squeaked on Twitter. I also discovered the Five at 5 on Fox news and QVC. Those people became my friends.
It's 2014--I know, you know that, right? If not, it's time to get up and change your calender if you have a paper one.
So my goal this year is to still enjoy those activities I enjoyed last year but spend less time on them. I was at a loss on how to do that. I knew I wanted to write but it seemed I needed to do all the social media stuff too, then there was the house that has been on self-clean for a year, and what about those closets?
I've read a lot of time management books in the past and the methods worked for a little while. Honestly the fun part was buying all the notebooks, color pens and and a label maker. Before long those methods failed me.
So what's a social media, news and QVC addict to do?
I stumbled upon a blog post (through Pinterest!) that mentioned Kanbanflow I don't know what that word means but I can tell you I love the system.
It's not complicated. I list the projects I want to do, drag the ones I can do for the day to the "to do today" section first thing in the morning. Then as I work on something I drag it to the "progress" file.
There is a timer that helps you stay on task for 25 minutes then an alarm rings. BREAK TIME or RECESS!
When I finish a project I drag it to the 'finished' column. It has the time spent on each activity saved! When you see your time being used you'll feel like a rock star!
By using this system I'm finding I can get a lot more social media stuff done than I thought. So instead of spending all day trying to stay on top of it, I've discovered I don't need to! Light bulb moment for me!
Around the house I use the timer on my phone. Remember that feeling of watching the clock in school, the excitement that builds when you know soon you get a break? That's why this works for me. Give it a try. If you don't spend a lot of time on the computer use the system with paper, pen and phone.
What do you think? Will this work for you?
Oh don't worry if this sounds complicated, it's not.
If you go to kabanflow they have a super short video to show you what it's about.
Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances about women who challenge their fears even though they want to run from them. Author of Mind of Her Own, A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families.