Manage Your Time by Making Decisions

Authors: Becky S. Corbett, MSW, ACSW and Emily Tevault, MBA

Do you wish you had more time? Do you want to be more productive? The key to managing your time is making decisions. Being productive is about more than checking things off your list. It is about aligning your values with how you spend your time and prioritizing where you focus your attention and energy. February is National Time Management Month and BSC is honoring this month with a blog to support you in making decisions and managing your time using the Producktivity® Principles: Identify.  ConnectOrganize.

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Identify
You need to have all of the pieces of the puzzle to make an intentional decision. Start by identifying all of your options of how you can spend your time. Identify what you want to accomplish, what success looks like, and why you want to change.

 Connect
Making connections is what keeps you working toward your goals. Take time to reflect and ask yourself tough questions. What could hold you back, what do you need to start or stop doing, what provides you with the greatest value, what is important to you? Making connections will strengthen your why: Why are you choosing your actions and why are you committing time to your decision? Remember that you determine what it means to be productive each day.

Organize
Once you have made an intentional decision, it is time to move it to action. Make specific and measurable commitments that will move you forward and build in accountability with a trusted colleague, friend or family member. Manage your priorities. If it is important to you, it needs to be on your calendar.

Apply the Producktivity® Principles to make intentional decisions, manage your time, and increase your productivity. In honor of National Time Management Month, what is one technique that you will intentionally work on to enhance your skills? Share your thoughts and experiences, join the conversation below.

Producktivity® is a unique, interactive personal and professional organizational tool that assists individuals and organizations with improving their decision making and time management skills.

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4 comments

  1. I tend to follow lists, but I am realizing that I need to move to a calendar format. The suggestion that if it’s important it must be on the calendar will help me prioritize and commit to that task. I am starting a new leadership training at work, and fitting in the extra activities will be challenging. I will review the curriculum and add time to the calendar for the activities to make sure that they take priority. Thank you for helping me to make the connections needed to make the most out of the program.

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  2. I think that often times we are so focused on wanting to finish every task that we fail to prioritize the most important tasks. This is one of the reasons why I think many projects fail to meet deadlines. I think Producktivity would be a great resource for project managers from all industries.

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