I feel better about myself when I can see that I have spent my time well. When I succeed in spending my time on what I intend to, I feel this way.
In the past I haven’t found it easy to intentionally manage my time. In reflection I would often realize that I spent my time in ways I hadn’t intended. Sometimes I feel satisfied, but often I wish I had spent my time differently.
This article highlights some of the ways I’ve failed to intentionally manage my time and some of the tricks I intend to use in the future.
I notice that the following patterns make it harder for me to manage my time.
- When I look for something to do, I can forget about my intentions and do something that I didn’t intend to. (i.e. I fail to prioritize)
- When I try to do something, I can start doing something else part-way through and end up not finishing it. (i.e. I get distracted)
- When I don’t make a task fun, I can lose interest and give up. (i.e. I procrastinate)
I can support myself to intentionally manage my time if I do the following.
- Use a tool to make my intentions visible, so I can easily remember what they are. (e.g. to-do list, kanban board “backlog” columns)
- Use a tool to make what I’m currently doing visible, so I can return to it after getting distracted. (e.g. kanban board “doing” column)
- Use a tool to hold myself accountable, so I don’t give up on tasks that I don’t make fun. (e.g. declare to human/machine a completion time then check-in at that time) This has the bonus of making it more fun if the human/machine gives you kudos.
I feel very excited that I’ve started to use these tools! I hope that you can get some use out of them too.