Time management is crucial to productivity. After all, we reveal our priorities by how we spend our time. But sometimes it feels like there's just not enough time to go around. How often have you heard or said, "I wish there were more hours in the day"?
The traditional way to view time management is to start with the allotted 24 hours and break it into sections. Let's say we devote 8 hours to sleeping. That means we have 16 left. How much do you devote to work or to spending time with loved ones? Do you "waste" any on trivial, nonproductive things, like watching television? With this model, we treat time almost like currency, and we devalue any time not spent "productively."
But is that the best way to approach time management? Or life management? I don't think so.
I asked her to count her spoons. She asked why, and I explained that when you are healthy you expect to have a never-ending supply of “spoons”. But when you have to now plan your day, you need to know exactly how many “spoons” you are starting with. It doesn’t guarantee that you might not lose some along the way, but at least it helps to know where you are starting. She counted out 12 spoons....
Victoria Griffin is an author and editor based in East Tennessee. She is the founder and owner of Blue Pen, which provides editing services for traditionally and independently publishing authors. Blue Pen also offers publishing services including cover design and interior formatting.
Victoria's short fiction has appeared in more than 40 publications, and she is represented by Sandy Lu of Book Wyrm Literary Agency.