Welcome! Today I am starting a new series about how to effectively manage your time with joy. I know that time management is a topic that is often discussed. However, I also know that I like many you find it difficult to stick with a time management plan and even more difficult to find joy while doing it. As we go through this journey to becoming more joyful time managers, I will do my best to lay out some strategies and give you some resources for you. I also have some ways to get you involved which I hope will create some fun as well as accountability. I am so glad you are joining me!
Joyful time management is not always easy, in fact I recently began evaluating how I used my time after finding myself stressed to the max and on the edge of burn out.
Burnt-Out and Frustrated
Heightened stress, physical tension, exhaustion, inability to focus and an overpowering feeling of failure. All these things have piled up on me lately causing me to feel (as a fellow blogger friend of mine wrote about recently) worn out and overwhelmed. The last thing I felt was joyful. I have tried to pin point the reasons for this and am working on some solutions. I realized, one of the biggest things I needed to change was not having any sort of plan or routine.
Lately, I have gotten more lax in planning ahead and as a result have put myself under unnecessary stress. I know that it is better to plan my meals ahead of time and plan out what I need to get done online and around the house but I often don’t do it. This also causes me to miss important things like my quiet time, exercise and eating properly because I am scrambling to get other things done.
Part of the problem is, I don’t like being confined by a schedule so when I do try to make up a plan I don’t easily stick with it. However, as I mentioned in my recent life update post, reaching my breaking point caused me to do some serious evaluation of how I spend and plan my time.
Learning to Manage My Time
Let me start by saying that I am not a naturally organized or on-time person. You will likely find some clutter in my home and I have a tendency to procrastinate. However, I have learned the value in effective time management and though I am not always successful, I do know that it is better to have a plan than not to.
Since I’ve stayed home full-time I have found a lot of great resources for routines and time management. I tried some but did not find them all easy to stick with. I often felt like I was couldn’t live up to the expectations I was trying to put on myself and instead of pushing through I just quit. I also found it hard to have joy in the midst of managing my time as it often was a very stressful thing for me. So I decided to find a way to change that.
I recently began doing more research about time management in search of something I could do that would work for me. Through my research I found many more great resources. This got me thinking that I am not the only one who struggles with this. Thus this series was born.
I am still a work in progress but I think it will be fun to share how I am doing with managing my time. I am doing this as a way to keep myself accountable so that I won’t so easily give up. I also want to get you involved so if at any point you come across any good resources, tips or if you have any of your own, I would love for you to share. Another way we can help each other is through social media.
Social Media Focus
With this series I will be using a variety of social media outlets as a way to create community and accountability. You don’t have to do these things to follow along with the series but I hope to use them as a way to connect with you. I’ll talk more below about how I will be using Facebook and Twitter. Here’s how you can get involved with Pinterest.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll find that I try to post lots of great tips and recipes among other things. When I started researching for this series, I created a pin-board called Schedules, Goals and Routines.
What I want to do is invite you to be a part of this board. So if you want to get in on the fun over there and pin some awesome posts to the board, just contact me with a link to your Pinterest page and I’ll be happy to add you! Group boards are a great way to share content and get seen by more people so feel free to pin any of your own time management related posts as well as other great things you find about this topic.
As I said above, I know this is a huge struggle for a lot of people so I decided that I needed to come up with a way that we can all help each other out. One of the things I came up with was using Facebook and Twitter to encourage each other as we set goals and work toward more effective time management. Even if you are a well-organized person or do pretty well with managing your time, I want to hear from you! Let us know what you are doing so we can learn from you.
So starting today, each weekday in September I will be posting a picture on my Facebook page where I want you to comment with a goal you have for the day or something you accomplished dealing with time management.
Look for this to know where the daily thread is:
Here are some examples of something you could post:
I just made a list of priorities so I can learn to better manage my time. #JoyfulTimeMgmt
My goal today is to create a schedule for the week. #JoyfulTimeMgmt
I used a timer and got so much done around the house today! #JoyfulTimeMgmt
Will You Take the Challenge?
If you are following along I urge you to tweet this or post it on your own facebook wall to let your friends and followers know. The more people involved the better:
Facebook Post: I am taking the challenge with Ashley at Joyful Thrifty Home to learn joyful time management. Are you in!? #JoyfulTimeMgmt – http://ashleyroseroe.com/take-time-management-challenge-joyful-time-management-part-one/ <—Copy and paste that into a status update.
Tweet: I am taking the time management challenge with Ashley @joyfullythrifty. Are you in!? #JoyfulTimeMgmt <—Tweet that!
Follow Joyful Thrifty Home on Facebook.
Follow Ashley @JoyfullyThrifty on Twitter.
For the rest of the series I will also be covering; potential pitfalls to time management, setting priorities, choosing your goals and how to meet them, finding a routine that works for you and finally I will be doing a roundup of great resources I have found.
As you probably have already gathered I am working on planning ahead and so far I am doing better than I was but I am still a work in progress so this rough plan may still change. I’m not a super time manager…yet…ha!
What area of time management do you most struggle with (setting priorities, sticking to your goals, creating a schedule, getting up early etc.)?
What are some of your favorite tips or strategies that help you with managing your time?