Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What I Learned Yesterday About Making Wise Use of My Time

Tony Trussell of the Sioux Falls Business Journal once wrote, “Learning to balance how we spend time, talent and treasure enables us to have a more significant impact on the world.”



Once again, I am going to give you a peak into how I work. I have a lot of projects on my desk. For a couple of them, completion is eminent.

Some of the projects that I have require creativity. I am a Structural Thinker. In order for me to be creative, I must have a “still” mind. A chaotic workload and eminent deadlines must be kept to a minimum.

Last year, I took a page out of Steve Jobs’ book. I narrowed everything that I do down to four categories: Workshop Preparation, Business Development, Social Media, and Administrative.

Three of the four requires creativity. The one that doesn’t, Administrative (mostly all things involving the Pastoral Institute business), is all about chipping away at my To-Do List—checking and returning emails, meetings, communicating with my one lone employee who has an office at Columbus State University, returning phone calls, turning in reports and invoices, etc. At times, this category can take a half-day to complete or a full-day if I was out of the office the previous day.

This week’s To-Do List is long. Yesterday, as I was driving to pick-up my daughter from school because she had a doctor’s appointment at 4:00 p.m., I realized something. Please don’t laugh when I tell you this. But I realized that I could get rid of a lot of things on my To-List during my spare time.

And I had plenty of spare time yesterday. While sitting in the car waiting for my daughter to come out of the school building, I must have sent seven emails and made at least two or three phone calls. When we were in the waiting room, which wasn’t long, I sent two very important emails and received one very important phone call.


After dinner last night (I am actually writing this post at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday night), I completed almost half of items on my week-long To-Do List. So tomorrow (today) morning when I get to work, I can begin the creative process of putting together an upcoming workshop.

I learned that I have plenty of moments throughout the day where I can get the little things done. And with these time-saving devices like the iPhone and the iPad, it is much easier. Now I can have an impact on the world, at least mine, because we have readers in several countries.

What about you? Are you good at making wise use of your time?

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