Time management: how to make it work (part 6)

How to make it work

For any of this to work, you need some drive.  You need the motivation to read, learn, trial-and-error, and achieve.  Time management doesn’t always come naturally to some of us, so we need to work at this.  And for us to work at this, we need some motivation and some drive.

The motivation to learn

I am a type-B personality, so to organize is not second-nature to me.  However, I do have the motivation to learn, and a healthy sense of curiosity.  I have read about time management, and I have learned about it, too.  However, the big push for me has been to actually do some trial and error.  This is the part that needs perhaps the most motivation.  I have kept my mini series broad for a reason:  What works for me doesn’t necessarily work for you.

Trying one thing and seeing if it works is very important.  It is both exciting – when it works – and demoralizing – when it doesn’t.  But keeping that sense of curiosity is very important.  With a healthy sense of curiosity, when it doesn’t work, it is not as demoralizing, and you are likely to keep trying until something works.

The most important thing here, however, is to look back with a critical eye, and seeing what worked, what almost worked, what needs tweaking, and what just didn’t work.  Going back with a critical eye is what ultimately will help your time management journey to flourish.

To achieve

One of the goals of time management is to achieve some level of success.  Only you can define what success is to you.  To accomplish tasks is just a small part of time management.  Achieving more fulfillment and less stress, is, I think, the ultimate goal.

Concluding thoughts

In conclusion, it was a pleasure working on time management.  It was partially fueled by my newfound love of bullet journals. I learned a lot more about time management in researching for this piece.  I also realized that time management is not something that you do once and you’re done, but rather a larger, overarching theme that needs to be present in life, just like managing emotions, expectations, and a household.  Ultimately, time management ties to a much larger conversation about mental health.