We visited with Amy Andrews this week on Clutter Interrupted Radio. Listen to the interview here. She has written a book called Tell Your Time: How To Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free and we wanted to know more. For less than the price of a fancy coffee you can start organizing your time and be on your way to living free!
Amy shared with us 4 signs that time management might be a problem.
Can you relate to any of these?
1. BARELY KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER.
You know that feeling? The one where you are barely keeping your head above water…barely keeping up with meals, scrambling at the last minute, barely getting the laundry done, barely remembering things, barely getting to work on time, barely turning in reports, barely remembering important events, etc.
2. NEVER FEELING LIKE YOU GET ANYTHING DONE.
When you get to the end of a day do you feel like you’ve accomplished what you set out to do? Maybe you never even set out to accomplish anything! Or, do you feel like you don’t get anything done. It’s not a good feeling especially when it happens day after day.
3. THINGS FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS.
In the interview Amy tells us of a time when she completely blanked out a read-aloud in her daughter’s class. Are you forgetting things? Are commitments falling through the cracks? Are you letting people down?
4. PILES, PILES, and MORE PILES.
Is your life characterized by piles. These piles can be physical piles, mental piles or even email and to do list piles. Things are piling up around you.
If you can relate to one, or all, of these then you are pretty normal!
But, don’t get stuck being normal. Don’t believe that you have no control over your time. Amy calls this the slave to the clock fallacy. It’s the false belief that time controls you. Flip it around and realize that we all get the same 24 hours each day. You CAN successfully control your time! You are in control of your time and you can make different choices.
Start by spending some time creating a schedule that works. Amy shares 5 simple steps here. Listen to the interview here and then consider purchasing Amy’s book. It has printables, forms and great examples to help you manage your time better!
One of the aha moments I (Tracy) had was when Amy talked about managing your time by thinking long term. I asked myself, “Am I doing this?” Are you?
What is your biggest time management frustration?