It’s quite common to hear people say that they want to learn how to improve their productivity or get better with their time management. That’s terrific! But those are pretty broad goals. What can you do to get started? If you’re not sure what area to begin with or focus on, consider using these October “holidays” to help you get kick-started. Can you block off 15 or 30 minutes on two days each week during the month of October? If so, you can improve your life in the following areas.
Official days include:
4 – Improve Your Office. What can you tackle in 15 or 30 minutes? Purge and sort the magazines that have piled up? Clear off that stack on the corner of your desk? Corral those wires and cables?
16 – Clean Your Virtual Desktop. What can you delete or place in a folder?
28 – Chocolate. Dark chocolate in moderation is supposed to be good for you. Celebrate an accomplishment with a delectable nibble. (Rewarding yourself is an important part of productivity!)
30 – Checklist. Is there a checklist you can create that will help things go more smoothly for you? Morning routine for you or the kids? Packing list? Instructions for a delegated task?
October is the official month for:
Financial Planning – Worry floating around in our subconscious lowers productivity. Begin (or revisit) your financial plan so that your brain knows you’ve got a plan.
Cyber Security Awareness – Change the passwords on accounts tied to your bank account.
Breast Cancer Awareness – Self-care is an important element in my CIA time management framework. Make an appointment for your mammogram. Encourage the women in your life to do the same.
Organize Your Medical Information – Can you easily put your hands on your medical history and list of medications?
Emotional Wellness – What can you do to relax for 30 minutes and lower your stress levels?
Special weeks in October include:
Drink local wine week – Time management is all about mind management. When your brain is decluttered and you have less worry swirling around up there, you’ll be able to make better decisions about how you use your time. Relax. Take a load off. Unwind. Recharge. Enjoy a glass of wine or your favorite beverage.
Are you willing to make appointments with yourself just two days per week in order to improve your life?