The It’s About Time online class is on one of my favorite organizing topics:  time management and getting things done. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by all things time. I gobble up time saving tips like nobodies business. I get seriously giddy when I get my new planner each year. And as you probably know by now, I’ve got a real thing for lists, too—to-do lists, check lists, project plans. You name it—if it’s about time, I’m in.

Project plans and lists
The truth is one of the main reasons I love to be organized is because of time. Sure containers are a lot of fun, but being organized allows me to use my time not only more efficiently but also more intentionally. And to me, it doesn’t get much more important. See, time is the currency of our lives. In essence, how you spend your time is how you spend your life. So it’s important that we make the best decisions about how we spend our time, because these minute by minute decisions are what determine the quality of our life and our level of happiness.

To me, then, time management is really about becoming more intentional about how you use your time. When you know you’re spending your time on the people and activities that matter most to you, then you no longer feeling guilty about how you spend your time! And even more important, you no longer feel guilty about how you’re not spending your time…or about what you aren’t doing! Let’s talk about freedom.

ClockFor the next several days this blog is going to be all about time. I’ll be putting together a series of blog posts about time management and getting things done. There will be some time management myth busters, some time saving tips, and best yet—I’m going to throw a little FREEBIE into the mix, too! (Woohoo…gotta’ love a good Freebie Friday, right?)

So to get things started, I’d like share some of my thoughts about what time management is. Here’s a little snippet from It’s About Time…

Time management isn’t about filling every moment of the day with productivity. Time management, ultimately, is about feeling good. It’s about having energy and feeling in control of your time. It’s about relaxing and enjoying the moment instead of being distracted or worried about your to-do list. It’s about creating time in your schedule and your life for the people and activities that matter most to you.

The crux of time management is to become intentional about how you spend your limited time. It’s about making the most of this finite resource. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the goal is to be ultra-productive every minute of the day. Rather, it’s about creating space for the things that matter most to you. If you can become super-efficient in your approach to housework, then you could create more time for your hobbies, or relaxing with your family, or whatever you wish.

Like my approach to organizing, my approach to time management is that there isn’t a one size fits all solution. Instead, there is a series of tools and techniques available to help us use our time effectively— and some of these tools and techniques are better suited for each individual. The trick is to find the combination of tools and techniques that works best for you, and helps you use your time more intentionally.

I’d love to hear from you. What are your most pressing challenges in terms of getting things done? Do you feel like you have enough time for the most important people and activities in your life? Thanks for sharing…and be sure to come by tomorrow for Finish it Friday and Freebie Friday! See you soon!

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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and organizing eBooks.

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