As a dad to two boys – one of which is just reaching the two month milestone while the other is becoming more independent as a newly minted six year old – I’ve quickly become adept at productive time management.
Okay, so I don’t always manage my time as well as I’d like – I’m usually running a couple minutes behind from one thing to the next – however, the reason is because I’m trying to take full advantage of every minute I have available. With kids, a spouse, work, etc. there are a lot of forces vying for one’s time.
I’ve found as a busy adult one of my best weapons against, “not enough time,” is utilizing my smartphone to capitalize on every 15 minute wait in the doctor’s office waiting room, every 10 minute lunch/coffee shop line wait and more.
In doing this I’m not trying to stress about working more as much as I’m trying to stitch together 10, 15 or 20 minute time chunks into something productive. These are time chunks that might be otherwise wasted.
This is how my blogs get written, this is how I consume articles, this how I get tweets out, this is how I email others, this is how I increase my networking via phone (on that last one, I actually mean live conversation on a phone with a new contact vs. meeting for lunch or coffee – I just can’t fit it in right now, but I don’t have to miss out).
That’s what I really wanted to share…you don’t have to miss out because you’re busy. If you want something, you’ll make time for it.
That won’t likely be easy to do, and there will certainly be compromises along the way, but a positive end result is definitely possible.
The old saying is that if you want something done give it to a busy person. The reason, busy people are skilled at prioritizing and reprioritizing their time and effort, uncovering and utilizing every scrap of available time for positive productivity.
Posted by Nick Venturella
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