In August, I start planning and thinking about the next mini new year – the school year. During July, I like to reflect and review the past year and begin to dream and plan for the future. No matter the season, I spent a lot of time thinking about and pondering how I invest the minutes of my life. I have always valued every minute and thought through how to optimize, prioritize, and maximize each one.
Time management is the process of evaluating where you are in all the areas of your life, determining your priorities, allocating the resources available to you, and making a plan to achieve your goals.
In this podcast, I recap some podcasts on time management. The episode How I Divide My Year Into Thirds, I share how I plan my life in mini years (trimesters). In Defining Housework Part 3 – Organization, I share how organizing is an optional investment of time today for a potential increase in your time in the future. The Sunday Basket® is an organizational system that will take 60-90 minutes of planning time to free up an extra 5 hours of time each week. More importantly, when you are organized, your brain is free to think and dream, instead of just trying to keep track of to-dos.
The Organizational Math episode is about organizational math. I share how I apply the same benefits of basic math skills to your transformational journey into organization. For any of you who are math-phobic, I promise we only talk about addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In the episode “Time, Money, Motivation:” The Trifecta Necessary for Change I discuss how we make decisions to prioritize either time, money, or motivation. Understanding what is most important in our current situation helps us to decide what approach will result in the most effective outcomes.
I no longer measure value strictly in terms of time or money. Instead, I look for the tangible outcomes of my daily actions. The Productive Home Solution is priced at 10% of the cost of in-home professional organizers helping to declutter and organize an entire home. However, most of us do not value our time as much as we do our money. Committing financial resources to get organized helps to motivate people to engage in the 15-minute-a-day tasks of The Productive Home Solution, and actually achieve a transformation of their homes and lives.
Which of your goals are worth an investment of your time, money, and motivation in the next four months?