Please enjoy these ideas gathered from 'The Disorganized Mind. Coaching your ADHD brian to take control of your time, tasks, and talents' by Nancy A. Ratey. Forward by John J. Ratey, co-author of 'Driven to Distraction'
This truly informative and inspiring book has a lot of great insights and strategies to share. Today I would like to share some great strategies taken from Nancy's chapter on 'Time Mismanagement'. I encourage everyone to check this book out soon to learn more on time and task management and to share it with others.
Hear the Passing of Time
Try wearing a sports watch that is set to beep every hour. You can also use a PDA and consider the vibrating feature if you like a silent alarm instead. This technique will help you become more conscious of time and the length of an hour.
Divide your day into 'Quadrants'
Sometimes too much detailed schedule planning is not the answer. If you don't react well to detailed time management systems try dividing up your day into sections and then plug in a list of a few goals to acomplish in each. For example, these blocks could be 9-11, 11-2 and 2-5.
See both the big and little pictures
Keep a monthly and a weekly calendar. This way you will see the larger picture while still having a view of your more pressing weekly commintments.
& Reward yourself along the way!
These harmless looking thieves can be stealing your time.
Be on the look out and handle them accordingly...
The pencil cup caddy.
Having writing utensils close a hand is a great idea. Yet how many is enough, really?
Check your pencil caddy for excessive amounts, dried out pens and pencils that have seen better days too. Weed out the undesirables and keep your best close at hand only.
Tips: Test your wares and keep your spare writing utensils in a drawer or bin with other extra supplies.
Paperclips are great yet sometimes they can be a problem as when documents are stacked up they can trap papers that don't belong together.
Tip: Use staples when possible; they can always be removed later.
Peek around your office today and see if there are any other timewasters stealing your productivity one minute at a time. They could be in the form of distracting objects, defective supplies or drawers full of junk.
November found me participating in a Roundtable at the BCHRMA (BC Human Resources Management Association) and WOW, what a great resource I found there.
Anyone that has read my past article on the 'Cost of Disorganization' may have figured out, I place allot of value on organization in business. I also feel that 'Human Resources Management' plays a really big part in overall success and good employee moral.
So to share what I found last month, in hopes you'll find value in it, here is a link to the 'Tomorrows Workplace Guide'
1. Use only one.If you keep more than one you may forget to move information to others and miss valuable appointments.
2. Check it Daily.Review in advance to prevent surprises.
3. Write down everything.Don’t trust your memory. This also allows you to see events in relation to each other.
4. Write in pencil!
(Remember to keep your options open. If your needs get more complex consider project planners to manage multiple projects or people.)