Last month I shared with you research on punctuality that one of my clients and I were experimenting with for
our own time management issues. For myself, it was helpful to identify the specific ways of thinking that were contributing to my lateness. I very much related to trying to pack more than is possible into the time that I have and having a difficult time moving on until I have finished. I defined what positives I thought I would get from being more timely in order to remind myself why I was pursuing changes in my thinking and behavior. I posted this at the front of my
I also kept a time log each day in which I estimated how long I thought each part of my day would take the day before and then noted the actual time each task actually took. This helped me to have more realistic thinking. It became clear to me quickly that I often only planned for best case scenario and was not being realistic with how long most activities usually
I adopted the strategy of budgeting time in round numbers rather than split second timing and I found that I had to edit out some of the activities I was trying to squeeze in and this very quickly resulted in greater punctuality.
Finally, I purposefully defined which items each day were priority items and which items
could be reassigned if time did not allow for completion of my entire list for the day.
I gave myself almost a month to play around with these new ideas and slowly but surely I have found myself not only arriving a bit early but also better able to stay on time for my appointments throughout the day. It is a work in progress but I am enjoying the process and do not miss the frenzy that had become such a
part of my daily life!
I recently checked in with my client to find out how her transition back to school has been. She was excited to report that not only is she making it to class on time she is having a much happier semester. When I asked her how she was managing something that at one time seemed almost impossible to her, she emphasized the importance of starting each day off with positive thinking and how
this allows her to put one foot in front of the other where as negative thinking was distractive and counterproductive. She also emphasized the use of whole numbers or rounding up when planning around timing. On a final note, she also discovered that she is better able to manage time when she has had enough sleep. The positive experience she has had from these changes serves to reinforce for her the behaviors she is hoping to keep in place.
Who knew? In the pursuit of better time management motivated by the desire for punctuality we both found successes and the bonus of greater happiness.
Find what inspires the change you seek!