Talking about time management can quickly result in a stream of cliché quotes or quips that we all know. We hear them and feel fully capable of putting them into action tomorrow or some time later. But it can be really interesting and helpful to think about what we value in our life and how that may or may not be reflected in our daily activities.
Typically, our problem with most anything related to time management, organization, or following a schedule does not have much to do with lack of resources. Instead, it’s usually a matter of figuring out *how* to do something that will result in a healthy behavior.
Outlined below is an exercise that may help you think about your daily routines in a different way.
Step 1: Think back to a recent “typical” workday. Once you identify that day, create a daily log using this Daily Schedule & Activities Log. Be specific and write details of how each hour of the day was spent.
Step 2: Consider your personal values. What are those traits, qualities, or beliefs that you find most important and worthwhile? Use this Values Wordle to help you select the three words that reflect your top values. (Don’t agonize over this part).
Step 3: With your values in mind, go back to your daily log and make notes on how your time spent through a typical day does or does not align with your top values.
Now, looking at your values and daily log, reflect on these questions.
- Where was your time spent?
- How are your values reflected in your day’s activities?
- How does your sample day fit into your idea of being well and living a healthy life?
As Alan Lakein says, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” To me, this quote is saying that the future holds ‘my values lived’ and if they are truly my values, I’ll figure out how those things can be worked into my life or how I can shift some of the other ways I spend my time.
-Katie Huffman, Angela MacDonald, and Amanda Wallace
Image by Flickr user Robert Couse-Baker, via CC