What works for me might not work for you and vice versa. That said, it’s a great idea to look at how different people attack their day and get some ideas that might work for you. It’s like a buffet — grab what works for you and build a custom plate. That is exactly what I have done over the years.
We all have 168 hours each week. That’s it. There is no more. Every human on the planet that lives the entire week will have 168 hours. We really can’t manage that…we can only manage ourselves and how we use those precious hours.
I cannot reiterate this enough: YOU CANNOT MANAGE TIME. There is no such thing as “time management”. You will have the same number of hours next week as I will, regardless as to how you decide to use those hours. You can’t manage those hours better and come up with 169 hours. It ain’t gonna happen. Change your thinking – you have to mange YOURSELF – not your time. Force yourself to understand the importance of the minutes and hours that tick by – you can’t get them back. They are gone. Be conscious of this all the time.
So here are some of the tools I have used to try and help me manage myself a little better:
- Google Keep
- Microsoft OneNote
- Apple Reminders
- Google Drive
- Microsoft Outlook
- Google Calendar
- Remember The Milk
- Google Inbox – Gmail
I’m sure there are many more. You get the picture. I have been obsessed with productivity and at times I’ve over-complicated the issue making me less productive. Getting to the point I’m at today has been a journey – of years – of decades. Technology is a must. Many of the apps above are “Freemium” – meaning they have free versions as well as paid versions.
Stay tuned…more to come.