We all want to be better at managing our time. We’d like to set goals, lay out a plan for accomplishing those goals, and consistently follow the plan. Meanwhile, we want family-work balance, enough rest and recreation, and having a sense that what we’re doing is worthwhile.
These are things that I want for myself, and I suspect many of you are the same. In the process of looking closely at the way I plan my day, I identified three core principles that help me achieve those things.
I call these the three principles of optimized planning, and they make the basic foundation of the Zeitgeber planning system. They are purpose, focus and balance.
When I plan, I need a way to set the course for what I want to accomplish. This is a really basic concept, but sometimes, I find myself just planning the day/week/month, without having a clear idea of why I’m doing all these activities and tasks.
Setting a purpose is a big-picture, big-rock approach that forces me to be proactive.read more…