What Is Time Management?

Let’s look at the goal first. We all want to save some time, feel more organised, less stress and have our priorities sorted. How do we achieve this? This is loosely based on the PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) which comes from “LEAN” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lean

Plan. Always start with planning your day and setting your priorities of course. Whether you use something like a piece of paper, a planning tool, personally I use Trello. https://trello.com very easy way to organise your tasks and break them down and keeps you on track. You can also allocate time for each task that you need to do so you know roughly how much time is spent in that block for the day. 

Do. Perform your tasks! Simple… well simple on paper. You might need to turn off notifications, emails, put your phone on “do not disturb” and lock yourself in a cellar where no one can find you nor could you hear any distractions around you… sounds extreme but some people do something similar daily to get into the “deep work” flow.

Check. Track your time and tasks and you do them. Can always use diary or piece of paper or a digital product like https://quick-time-management.com/ (bit of self promotion) a nice easy tool that tracks your time throughout the day. 

Act. This is a good task to do at the end of your day, where you analyse how your day went with your tasks. How often did you get interrupted and how you could stay on task more. E.g., Having a closed-door policy instead of an open-door policy, turning off your phone or setting different time frames. 

Hope this was helpful, thanks

Reference. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDCA