Time Management, Multi-tasking & Making lists is an everyday occurrence. But is it working? Are you accomplishing anything or just doing busy work? Do you create a post-it-note-sky? I set out to do things and get interrupted or even forget what the task even was!
Imagine an Airplane
Keep it real! Keep it Positive!
Don't let everyday occurrences bog you down. (Traffic Control) Put your life on Airplane Mode! (To stop and focus on the time management plan) Fly the friendly skies! (Do not get bogged down in the chaos of the clouds). We must take control!! (Roger)
Become the Jet Engine!
The definition of Jet engine: "An engine in which a very strong stream of heated air and gases shoots out from the rear of the engine and pushes the engine forward." (Webster's Learner's Dictionary)
We must make change!! We must jet forward! (Over and Out) Along the way we are bound to hit some air pockets or turbulence (Did I hear a gasp?). Pull down the oxygen mask and breathe!
Take Control of your day! (Be the pilot of your flight) Take control of your life!
The Flight Plan
Develop!! It is time to develop your Time Management Plan and be realistic about your schedules and time frames to accomplish the task. You may have layovers now and then. (Time to focus, power back). Don't get onboard the same flight plan. (Pleasing others). They steal your time!! You may miss the next, Flight! Make sure your jet engine fuel is full! (Avoid those negative sputterer's).
Design!! It is time to create and design a Time Management plan that will work best for you! Try to create a plan that is measurable with outcomes. Break down each time management task so it does not become overwhelming. Mark each task doable with each step (Check Controls) and organize. I do better when I see progress! You may have to connect with the (Control Tower) for ideas. You may need a familiar network to analyze by visually observing. They may have the skills to convey what you need to change, omit or to elevate. You may have to thrust forward in a new direction.
Prioritize!! (Find your seat & buckle up) What needs to be dealt with first or what is important that cannot wait? Make short term and long term goals. Think about your time frame? Know what is more urgent? What tasks can wait? (Flight control). Do not let the tasks become overbearing and crash down on you. Take it like a Pro! Complete the tasks one by one until completions are mastered. Map out your goals. Take breaks now and then, refuel yourself!
Delegate!! Delegate duties to your co-pilot. Duties that are acceptable to have someone (co-pilot) else accomplish for you. Nothings better than having a second in command once in a while! A co-pilot can assist and relieve you of those daily duties. Direct your co- pilot with some Time Management responsibilities. Work together as a TEAM! Try to keep the number of your landings equal to the number of your take offs. (Productive Outcomes) Take offs may be optional but landings are mandatory. Be Positive through your navigation. (Jet forward with vigilance)
There is a silver lining beyond the clouds! (Persevere & Celebrate the clear landings)
You will reach your desired destinations!
Take Control of Time Management!