LifeTime Balance

I’ve been reading Julie Morgenstern’sTime Management from the Inside Out“. It’s a highly enlightening look at time management and life balance. Ms. Morgenstern lays out a very simple, personalized and yet highly effective time management system. I’m a firm believer that complicating organization just makes more work and elevates stress levels. Life is complicated enough, and getting it all under control shouldn’t be.

“SPACE” and Time Management.

If your are familiar with Morgenstern’s other book, “Organizing from the Inside Out”, the “SPACE” acronym is nothing new. What’s interesting is that this same philosophy applies not just to physical items, but also to time management and organization.  Here’s the breakdown:

S ort, P urge, A ssign (a home), C ontainerize, E qualize.

If you think about your time in terms of this simple formula, it can really help you boil down what is important in your schedule and endless list of to-dos.

Paper clutter & time management are related.

One of the most interesting points in the book is about paper clutter and it’s relationship to time management, or lack thereof. Paper clutter is a dead giveaway that time management could use some improvement. Eek! Truer words could not be spoken (“…but I might need this…I need to read this…I don’t have time for this right now, I’ll just leave it here…I’m late!….”).

In this day and age, we are so inundated with information and paper – it can be overwhelming! A road map of our own priorities helps weed out the unimportant and nurture the desired direction of where we want to go and who we want to be. If we take out the things that really aren’t going to contribute to the whole in the very beginning, it’s much easier.

Making a roadmap.

A fork in the road and the decision of which path to take can be made much simpler if there is a guideline of our own making. Too often we don’t stop to think about we really want from our life and business.  As a result, the little things pile up and clutter time and spaces.   Take time to think about where you want to go, and what you want to do.
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