One way to help yourself accomplish your time management plan is to use space management. In other words, do different things in different places. If you have a specific area to accomplish a goal, you’ll be able to focus on that one task faster and more completely. It might seem like a pipe dream, but if you really want to be creative, find a space that makes you feel creative and go to it each time you need that extra creative spark. In that way, you become more in charge of how you spend your time.
A Reading Cubby
You may have had one in elementary school, a little place that you could go for quiet reading time. You can do this at home easily by just setting up a chair in the corner of a living room, bedroom or office that is set up with good light for reading and if necessary the proper electronic components if you want to read by laptop or Kindle.
A Mail Checking Station
This works especially for snail mail and is best if it’s close to the trashcan. Get the mail in, and immediately go through it, tossing the trash, and then taking the mail to the computer in order to schedule, process and pay bills.
Some people cannot afford this but it is something that will truly help you manage your time better. Separate your work computer from your fun computer. At the very least create different sign-ons to your computer: one for work, one for games. Or YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. This way you won’t be tempted to check work when you’re having fun, or play games or watch TV when you’re supposed to be working.
It’s very different to work or even read a book with the TV blaring. Having technology in the bedroom is also not conducive to a good night’s sleep. Consider having the TV in only one room in the house and only using the TV during limited hours.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Eating is a very important part of your day. Treat it as such. If you eat all over your home and office there is no true break or time to digest your food. Take the time to set the table, and eat at the table or breakfast bar in order to differentiate the time spent on eating, versus working, versus play.
Resting and Sleeping
There is nothing wrong with taking a nap on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but you want to be very careful about sleeping and resting during the work day. Plus, you want to avoid working when you’re supposed to be resting and sleeping. Make your bedroom a peaceful oasis away from the rest and go there when you need a break.
So often, the internet becomes a substitute for true social gatherings and due to this easy access to a social life, it can be all too simple to flow from work to being social accidentally. As with gaming, set up specific times to be social – whether it’s out of the house, outside of business hours, or on the computer.
If you have an exercise space, it will increase your chances of exercising. Set aside the time, and the space, even if you have to go to a new space. If you get to the new space, you’ll automatically reach your exercise goals because your surroundings will inspire you.
Use Space Management to Support Your Time Management Plan
Setting up different areas to get various activities done will help you differentiate your time better, be more organized, and get more done than you thought possible. Creating dedicated areas for specific activities is an excellent help in accomplishing your time management plan. Try it and see if it works for you.
Have you used space management to help with your time management plan? What were your results? Leave a note in the comments and tell us all about it.
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