Welcome to Tiny Tip Tuesday. In this series I will share tiny tips and hacks to help simplify your life.
Today I have a tip for those of you are familiar with the Bullet Journal. If you're not familiar with it, go check it out. It's pretty intriguing. Here's the Google Plus community for it to find out more about how others are using it :)
If you like to know where your time is going, try creating a timeline, where you can keep track of your everyday doings. You can place in appointments you have for the day, as well as keep track of other things you've done and/or want to do. I find that I can get myself to do more things if I schedule them out, this way I can glance at the timeline and see what's next on the agenda. This helps me stay focused as I can get pretty distracted and scatter-brained. This time-logging practice is also helpful if you have to keep a record of what tasks you've done for billing purposes.
Simply draw a line with numbers going down the left side of it in half hour increments. I keep a 6-inch Westcott ruler in the back pocket of my dotted Leuchtturm 1917 for this. I usually write in events and tasks with a FriXion pen so that I can erase in case things have changed, as they often tend to do. I use the open circle signifier to the right of the line and check it off as events or tasks get done or at the end of the day during my nightly routine when I review my day. I also add notes and cross things out as needed. More often than not I will just erase and rewrite, this is just to illustrate the many ways you can approach this method. To the left you will see some example tasks. This is the area where I brain dump tasks and write down notes of the day as I see fit and tape in little mementos such as fortune cookie fortunes or random doodles.
Just setting up my day for the first of the year! This is a timechart or as its commonly known, a timeladder. Read more about how I use it in my blog post about organizing your time for maximum productivity. Blog link in profile :) Here I decided to add hearts next to things that are good for my heart. *cue corniness* #bulletjournal #timemanagement #tip #leuchtturm1917 #planning
If it's your cup of tea, try color-coding for a few days to see at a glance where you're spending your time. For example, I use Orange for home, Dark Blue for school, Light Blue for homework, Green for meals, Purple for blogging and Black for tasks. I also circle in Red if it's really important and I want to make sure that I remember it. You don't have to do this color-coded, in fact I rarely do this. Only if I have a lot of prep time the night before or I feel like it's time to reevaluate how I am spending my time.
Extra bonus tip:
If you're pressed for time but still want to have a gist of what appointments and events you have going on, simply place your appointments and events at the top before all of your tasks, you'll find that this makes it easy to see your appointments and events at a glance. I have to thank Mary over at Clarifilo for that idea
Do you keep track of your daily doings? How do you do it? Do you do anything different? Do you find it helpful or distracting? Do you find yourself more or less productive? Do you have any time manangement tips to share? I'd love to know!
Have a sunny day!
Notebook used is a Leuchtturm1917
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