The Desk

October 18, 2014

Career Tip: Time Management

Budgeting and budgetary control

Budgeting for control.

Someone recently asked about how people manage their time. The focus was on achieving balance among the many competing priorities of living a full, complete, and satisfying life. After going through a long a very tedious response, a brief summary occurred to me. Perhaps you can benefit from the concepts.

It comes down to time management, prioritization, and supply chain management (what others call multitasking or running several things simultaneously, allowing some activities to fill dead time while another activity is started or completed in the interim).

  • Plan: put your activities in groups so that more can be accomplished in one trip.
  • Incorporate: put activities in bundles so that work can also serve as play, reading as research and learning, social activities as enrichment and networking.
  • Schedule: certain things are done at a particular time or on a specific day of the week/month/year.
  • Allocate: A certain amount of time for each activity. As the activity becomes outdated because of, e.g., technology, devote less time to that and more to the newer version – or stop doing it as it is no longer effective.
  • Discriminate: allow yourself to be among people who are gracious to you. The more courtesy and respect, the richer you will be in many ways. Don’t waste yourself or your time on people who cannot accept you for who you are.
  • Appreciate: Become acutely aware of your surroundings and enjoy the favorable elements. The negative are also there and serve a purpose for growth. Become attuned to what those are.

It’s all about making a plan and using that as your guide. It’s all about making a budget and living within that budget. It’s all about achieving balance.

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