If you went to your doctor or naturopath and said you had a pain, but didn’t say where, what it felt like, how long it lasted or what’s been happening lately with your diet, medications or exercise, how could you begin to figure out the solution. Or you’re asked to provide a proposal for services, but you’re not allowed to do your needs assessment.
Time management is also a complex topic. Diagnosis and goals are step one. Most of us miss out on these steps because we are so stressed or pressed for time that we jump right over this important piece.
Consider possible reasons your time is out of control:
- just started a new job or business
- just got married, moved, divorced
- changed calendars or email software
- or switched from paper to technology
- you spend longer on tasks than your peer does (or than you think you ‘should’)
- you take a long time to get going on projects
- or leave them unfinished and then it takes so long to get back into them
- you have ADHD and haven’t figure out what works for you yet.
And the list could keep going, couldn’t it? That’s my point.
So then what IS useful is to answer questions about your relationship with time. Start with these for your diagnosis.
- What`s the big deal? This is important NOW because `&
- I want more time for `&
- I`ll know it`s working when `&
- If I can`t solve this, then `&
- I managed my time best back when `&
- And I did that by/with `&
- It worked for me because `&
- My biggest issue with this is `&
- One small step I could manage would be `&
This gets at what gets in the way? What obstacles are you seeing? Get very specific here, so you can narrow down whether your solution is about you, the products you use, or the skills and process you use.
And your “one small step” is as small as you need it to be, so that you’ll say to yourself: “Oh, right. I can do THAT.” And so begins your journey, one step at a time.