Time Management Truths

This past weekend I led a Time Management for Creative Peeps breakout at Midwest Craft Con (#craftsohard!) and, with only 45 minutes for the session, I didn’t get to say nearly all the things I wanted to say about time management and productivity.

Time Management Truths

So I thought I would share some of the wisdom from my final slide, along with some deets about this (hard earned!) wisdom:

Multitasking is a tricky S.O.B.

Be judicious.

We’ve been tricked into thinking that multitasking is a timesaver, or a way to get more productivity into our lives. Unfortunately, this has been proven to be untrue. In fact, multitasking can actually be harmful to us.

Some kinds of multitasking are ok, but most of the time it’s way too difficult to pay attention to more than one thing at a time. So, checking your email while you’re waiting in a line is fine. But, checking your email when you’re on a phone call with a client is no bueno.

The perfect calendar or planner…

… is the one you use without fail. Experiment and commit!

Experiment until you find a system that works for you. I love Google calendar and Moleskine date books. Something different may work better for you!

Your health, sanity and family are always #1.

No matter what.

Giving priority to yourself and your family should be non-negotiable. When they do the safety spiel on an airplane, they always tell you to put on your oxygen mask first before helping anyone else. The same applies here. If you or your peeps aren’t healthy, safe, comfortable, etc., you can’t be productive.

Go small short-term; Go big long-term.

Keep it simple on a daily basis; shoot for the moon on an annual basis.

We always overestimate what we can accomplish on a short-term basis and underestimate what we can accomplish on a long-term basis. So turn all that on it’s head. Attempt to do less on a daily basis, but more over the course of the year.

Honor  your commitments.

Or don’t make them.

If you’re unsure whether you can fulfill a commitment, best not to make it in the first place. It saves a lot of guilt and hurt feelings if you say “no” right off the bat than to risk committing to something you’re going to flake on.

But know that you’re human.

Poop happens.

So don’t feel guilty if you drop the ball on something you genuinely thought you could handle. No one is perfect and life is messy. Just be cool and communicate as needed. No one appreciates a complete flake.

It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t get finished.

(…unless you’re a brain surgeon)

Another point about not feeling guilty. If the house is messy, if your holiday decorations are up until St. Patty’s Day, if you have to send store-bought cookies to the bake sale, [insert any other guilt-inducing thing], it’s not the end of the world.

Any truths of your own you’d like to share? Hit me up in the comments!


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