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Time management - theory vs practice

Time management - theory vs practice
Time management - theory vs practice

Peter Bregman's book 18 minutes prompted me to deeper reflection and change the approach to certain matters related to running the company, as well as my own life. Despite the theory, I was still stuck in the mistaken thought that since I run a company I have to devote myself to it in 150% otherwise I will not succeed and my bank account will not be full.

This thinking accompanied me for a long time. I could not separate my professional and private life, and I could not determine what was most important to me. The book that I reached for with the impulse came with help. Today I can say that reading it has changed my life to some extent.

How to be more effective at work?

I never took breaks after every hour of work, because it seemed like a complete waste of time. Today I still don't do them regularly, but every 2-3 hours I try to stop and analyze the past hours. What does this give me? Thanks to the respite, my brain rests and gains energy for further action. In addition, I become more effective because I know what I can improve in the following hours.
Norinommo planner
Norinommo planner

Task prioritization

In my case, it is taking care of existing customers, attracting new customers, keep up with trends in social media, developing a blog and taking care of yourself and your health (here is sport, entertainment and small pleasures, including going to the cinema or to restaurants), as well as other 5% (matters that are something for me that I want to do, but I have to do, e.g. cleaning).

Why is prioritization of tasks so important? First of all, we will avoid becoming entangled in this responsibility. Every day we know what we have to do and we stick to it. This allows you to effectively manage your time and separate your professional and private life (you'll never have to sit after hours again).

You also need to specify a specific time frame for completing the task, if you simply make a list of things to do, and do not specify the hours of their implementation, you may find that you have been doing them much longer than required.

The most difficult tasks to start with

At the end of the day we are tired and our thoughts usually revolve around household chores. This is not a good time to perform difficult tasks, because our performance is significantly reduced. I noticed that what might seem difficult at the end of the day, the next morning may turn out to be a completely simple task that required only a fresh mind.

The same applies to the blog, I noticed that the posts that enjoyed the most interest were those that were written in the morning.

Stop - look through the list of duties and take a break

Every day, about 10 minutes before finishing work, I review the list of my tasks for a given day. I check if I managed to do all of them, and if not - I wonder what was the reason and how to avoid such a situation in the future. I analyze what was the most difficult for me and why. Thanks to this I am aware of my strengths and weaknesses and what I still need to work on.

Norinommo planner
Norinommo planner

Norinommo - a planner that will help you prioritize tasks

There is now a rash of planners, calendars and notifications on the market to facilitate time management. How to choose the most effective? They are a great solution Norinommo planners.

Anyone running a business and having several clients knows that sometimes it's difficult to control the tasks that pile up every day. This planner will also be useful for bloggers who professionally approach blogging.

Norinommo planners are distinguished primarily by their classic appearance (two colors available - black and turquoise), but they are also solidly made. I'm a traditionalist when it comes to planners. I know that there are various applications available on the market that facilitate time management, but I prefer to have a planner in my hand.

In addition to professional tasks, the Norinommo planner also has room for plans and personal goals (e.g. personal development or goals related to a partner / partner), 6 monthly or annual goals or notes (this place in my planners is always used in 100% ).

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  1. Avatar How I care for my Hair 9 January 2017 / 19: 12

    I write important events and goals in the calendar 😉 I also accomplish difficult tasks first and end with the easiest ones 😉 I always try to realize my time as effectively as possible 😉 Regards!

  2. Avatar Ola Ćmachowska 26 December 2016 / 23: 34

    I usually try to start as you write from the worst tasks, later it's easier :). For this I like to tick off implemented items, e.g. in trello :). Regards, Mamatywna.

  3. Avatar Ambivertian's inspiration 26 December 2016 / 19: 34

    Today I ordered my planner for 2017 😉 I hope that the planner + priorities set with the help of the Eisenhower square will help me control my time fully! 🙂

  4. Avatar Kary B. 26 December 2016 / 18: 26

    I am a geek of colored cards. But when it comes to enforcing what I have already planned, it gets worse 😉

  5. Avatar Mrs. Woźna 19 December 2016 / 13: 46

    I've never had a problem with organization. Friends rather laugh at my organization 🙂

  6. Avatar Smiley Project 17 December 2016 / 15: 34

    I wouldn't know how to live without my calendar 😉

  7. Avatar Professionally groomed 8 December 2016 / 14: 28

    I have similarly - I love to write down daily goals and tasks on paper, it's not the same as throwing them in the app. I try to do my creative and energy-demanding tasks in the morning. I do not practice setting breaks e.g. every 2-3h. I'm more guided by the needs of the body, It often turns out that I relax perfectly with the task that she had to perform, but it was from a completely different field than what I have done so far. I like diversity 🙂

  8. Avatar Pure Debauchery 8 December 2016 / 10: 00

    Cool and very practical advice! Although in practice it is different for me with these planners 😉

  9. Avatar Jaskółczarnia 25 October 2016 / 19: 02

    The planner looks really great! I think that will be my choice for 2017 🙂

  10. Avatar Green monkey 24 October 2016 / 14: 15

    I can't use planners 🙂 It always ends with one note and irritation that I can't continue. But everyone is different 🙂

  11. Avatar Jasiek Klimaty 24 October 2016 / 08: 44

    I don't use the open air but I think about it more and more often. It definitely allows us to embrace more, so I have to try.

  12. Avatar Organize your life 24 October 2016 / 08: 38

    Usually at the beginning of the day I do all the bullshit from the list and only later important things that require more work.

  13. Planning is the basis of every job. I stick to it every time, although it used to be different. I take care of breaks after an hour or two - depending on the level of the order I'm working on. I once read about the so-called "screen apnea", which encourages me to remember to stop and breathe while working in front of the computer. So I'm going for a break and I'm coming back even better prepared for work!

  14. Avatar Agata Kądziołka 20 October 2016 / 21: 26

    And I think much better and do something in such hours as this - when everyone is sleeping and I have time 🙂

    • Avatar [Email protected] 21 October 2016 / 12: 33

      I don't think completely in the evenings. I only dream about a warm bed 😀

  15. Avatar Diana from Pieniadz is a woman 20 October 2016 / 08: 51

    For now, I can't and I could never live without a calendar. Standard, because I've never been tempted by a planner ...

  16. Avatar Cosmetic World 20 October 2016 / 08: 39

    I love to write in my notebook and then delete the completed tasks

  17. Avatar Anna Klich 19 October 2016 / 21: 07

    I must read. Somehow lately I have a bad time organization ...

  18. Avatar Mirella 19 October 2016 / 17: 42

    Maybe it's time to invest in a planner 🙂

  19. Avatar Cornflower variations 19 October 2016 / 14: 18

    I have never had a planner. But now in the hectic life would definitely be useful to me.

  20. Avatar Natasza Miszczuk 19 October 2016 / 12: 18

    I use Trello, but I have to find something with a calendar like in Google, because it's easier for me than after the list. Although you can add a date there too.

  21. Avatar Monika - Your Assistant 19 October 2016 / 09: 34

    Norinommo panels are beautiful, classic and have a well-planned interior.
    Your tips are great, you just have to start introducing them. I have to kick in dice to remember all these rules, because a lot of things distract me during the implementation of the plan

  22. Avatar Wypaplani 19 October 2016 / 06: 45

    The planner actually facilitates the organization of a working day - especially when using the homeoffice system and working from home 🙂

    • Avatar [Email protected] 19 October 2016 / 07: 27

      Not just at home. I also used calendars and planners when working stationary.

    • Avatar Wypaplani 19 October 2016 / 07: 39

      Right, although I used the electronic ones more often in the office 😉

  23. Avatar Joanna Kołpak 19 October 2016 / 06: 37

    I've never been able to make full use of planners. I only save meetings with clients, and I keep the rest of my mind in mind.

    • Avatar [Email protected] 19 October 2016 / 07: 27

      In head? I'm impressed! If I had to hold meetings in my head, I wouldn't appear in half of them 😀

  24. Avatar Angelika Ś. 19 October 2016 / 06: 35

    sometimes I can't find myself without a planner or even a regular calendar

  25. Avatar Sisters Give Advice 19 October 2016 / 06: 27

    Very useful this planner. I have always tried to be a person who not only at work but in everyday life is always organized and planned

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