Flexible To Do Lists: This is another of my practical strategies series, with this topic being flexibility in one’s time management. Each post will have a different focused set of practical strategies and questions to practice with.
Figure out the Flow
Your time flows differently from anyone else`s. Figure out your flow and you’ll find it’s easier to switch gears.
It also becomes easier to see when the flow of your time is about to be so different from the norm that you need to operate differently to keep your sanity, balance, or flow.
Examples of Flow
Summer time flow is different from the school year for parents, teachers and grandparents and home-based workers.
A musician has high performance seasons and quieter seasons.
If you have custody of your children, your seasons relate to the children`s visiting schedule.
Tax season for the accountant.
Software release cycles for developers.
Days you are in the office versus on the road for a day or a week.
Where to start
What seasons of time do you see in your life? How does time flow for you?
Create strategies to manage your time differently, for each season; usually we have two, so don`t get too complicated here.
What new strategies do you need?
Which need to change when you have busier times?
When our circumstances are different, strategies need to change a little.
Identify the “must do” maintenance strategies versus the nice-to-do.
Let go of the nice-to-do, for now. You’ll come back to what works, when the season or flow changes again.