Episode 19 Time Management


Time management


According to Eric Berne the Transactional Analysis founder humans are always striving to do two things, get strokes and structure time.  People simultaneously dread having “nothing to do” and they complain of having too much to do. If you are constantly feeling the latter here are some things to think about.

  1. You have all the time there is.
  2. Everybody has to be somewhere doing something all the time.
  3. You have choices, more choices than you probably realize.
  4. Benefits in your life are produced by results not activities.

Categories of time

  • Time structured by other people. Example, toll taker.
  • Time at work you structure yourself.
  • Non-work time you structure yourself.

Where does all the time go?

  • Time log
  • Analyze the time log in light of your values and goals for non-work time
  • Analyze your work time log according to the values and goals of your employer and your career objectives.
  • Look at each activity with the following questions in mind:
    • Should the activity be done at all?
      • What would happen if it were not done?
  • If it should be done are you the right person to do it (delegation)?
    • Delegating, upward, downward and sideways
    • Paying others to do the work.
  • Is there a more efficient way to do the task?
  • Is there a more effective way to do the task?
  • Of all of the activities you perform, which are the 20% that give you 80% of your results.
  • Re-evaluate the time spent on social media, television and other time sucks.
  • Develop a plan to align your life activities with your values and goals.
    • Consider carefully what you want from your work
    • Living out of balance in the short run can be acceptable but in the long run it will not work.
    • Consider the effects of how you use your time on your:
      • Relationships
      • Health and wellbeing
      • Overall effectiveness
      • The really important things in life.
  • What are you routinely doing to improve your mind, sanity, health, wellbeing and relationships?
  • How many years, and how many good years each of us has is not known or knowable. Live each day as though it were the last to avoid regrets. It would be a shame to reach the end of your life and realize that you have never lived.


Book of the week: The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Stephen Covey

Recipe of the week: Fritatta

Tip of the Week: Learn from the past, plan for the future but live in the here and now.

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