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Time Management (2 of 5)

April 16, 2010

Time Management – 5 part course!

Welcome back. I hope you had a good day yesterday!? The week is nearly over and I wish you a nice weekend. Before though, here is part 2 of the Time Management Course for you.

  1. Part 1 – Time is On Your Side.
  2. Part 2 – Your Planner is Your Friend.
  3. Part 3 – Time Management 101.
  4. Part 4 – I’ll Stop Procrastinating Tomorrow.
  5. Part 5 – Stop The Cramming!

Let’s go ahead & get started today with “Part 2 – Your Planner is Your Friend”.

Part  2 – Your Planner is Your Friend

When you are organized, that will help you achieve your goals in a timely manner. You need to organize your tasks so you will know what needs to be accomplished and when they need to be accomplished. Nobody should be without a daily planner.

You have probably used various kinds of planning tools before, including a daily or weekly planner, a month-at-a-glance planner, and so on. It is important to keep in mind that the purpose of scheduling is not to enslave you to your planner, but rather to record your decisions about when certain things should happen.

Your planner should include your schedule for classes, study time, social events, club meetings, exercise time, and any other time necessary to achieve your goals. Keep the planner with you during class and note all assignments along with the due dates of those assignments.  Check them off as you complete them so you know where you are at all times with your projects.

Refer to your planner often – multiple times a day.  Make this a regular part of your routine.  When you get up in the morning, look at your planner to see what needs to be done for that day.

If you have an appointment, be sure to include a phone number next to the notation in case you have to cancel or change times.

Use a highlighter.  Color-coding can help differentiate between appointments and assignments.  For example, highlight in blue your classes, yellow for assignments, and green for everything else.  The key here is easy recognition.  When you open your planner, you can easily see what needs to be done.

Next time we’ll be discussing a little about “Time Management 101”.

See you then.

By the way, if are are looking for new planner, the new Moleskine Diaries 2011 are out! Check it out here!

I am using the 18 months diary from July to Dec the following year and I just got mine delivered. Have a look!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan permalink
    April 16, 2010 08:12

    If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

    http://www.Gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage and prioritize your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    Comes with a mobile version too, and with an Android app.

  2. April 16, 2010 08:34

    Hi Dan,
    I have a link on my blog to Gtdagenda.com already and I think it works well. Personally I have use a TiddlyWiki to manage my projects though:

    http://mgsd.tiddlyspot.com/#mGSD

    I use it if a number of years and I am pretty happy with it.

  3. May 25, 2010 08:18

    Awesome post! Thanks for this entire series, it’s great!

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