Time or Task? – Time Managment Tips to Get Projects Done

When it comes to adding things to the “To Do” list, think in terms of describing your goal as a time or a task. Remember that we can’t do everything involved in a project at once. We have to break it down in to smaller, more manageable pieces.

Time is when you designate a period of time in hours or minutes to work upon something, and you simply stop when the period of time has ended. You are free to stop because you have reached your goal, and now you can get on with your day or weekend.

Task is when you describe what needs to get done by just one specific area, location or job. This goal is complete when that individual task is finished. It is vital that you are very specific as to what your task goal looks like.

to do listWe are often overwhelmed when we approach our goals because everything just looks too big. We spend so much time worrying about getting it all done and we get nothing done.

To avoid this, try the following:
1. Think about how you can break things down in to smaller and smaller manageable pieces that are easier to get you started.
2. What are the beginning and the end of the job?
3. Describe your time or task so you are able to say “yes” or “no” to whether you completed your goal.

Here are some examples of some ways you can approach you’re to do list for different areas of your life:

Garage
Time: Two hours, Saturday morning before noon.
or
Task:
– Sort all sporting goods
– Throw out broken items
– Donate unused
– Store the rest

Bedroom Closet
Time: 15 minutes each time I put the laundry away
or
Task:
– Organize all pants on pant hangers by colour, length and season
– Repeat for shirts
– Donate unused items

Desk
Time: 15 minutes at the end of each day
or
Task:
– File two inches of paper from a pile to be filed
– Repeat

By setting your goals by time or task, you can free yourself by creating more of a sense of completion to those somewhat overwhelming projects. Do the allotted time, or perform the allotted task. It’s your choice.

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About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

Posted on October 29, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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