Hey Kid: Time Management

Yesterday, someone asked me why I'm writing letters to my grandchildren.  Why not just write letters to my children? My answer is simple yet complicated.  My children are almost 24 and 21.  By society's standards they are adults.  They have proven to me that they are able to manage their lives without my constant interference.  Although I'd prefer they do somethings "my" way... I am willing to concede control and let them learn some of the lessons on their own.  In a way, I feel like it's too late for them.  I've done just about all I can as far as influence.  Now, it's just nagging.  And I hate to nag.  (But I will do it when necessary.)

One of the things that frustrates me the most is poor time management.  I'm not just talking about my children here... (although they've got a way to go in this area too.)  I've discovered that most people do not practice good time management skills.  I'm not saying that I'm perfect, but I've discovered that I can get a lot more accomplished with a little planning and practice.

(Have you noticed I'm a bit of a schedule freak?  Anyway... It's important.

“You may delay, but time will not.”  ―    Benjamin Franklin

Begin with making a list of everything that needs to be done.  Then, prioritize all of the tasks and finally, schedule time to complete them.  Done over and over, and over again... you will accomplish all you want and need to get done.  It works!

Most of the time we need to adhere to some form of schedule.  Not every day, but most days.  It's really the only way we get things done.  The first step is to prioritize and to plan ahead.  And when you get really good, you can even plan your "down time" as well... to ensure uninterrupted rest and relaxation.  It's not all about work and chores.  Afterall, “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”  ―    Marthe Troly-Curtin,    Phrynette Married