How to be better with your time management
If you only do certain necessary activities because you think you should, ask yourself if there is a way to accomplish them more efficiently through a third party.
Do it yourself
At home, we have a saying: “If it’s important, you’ll find time for it. There are some things you just can’t avoid (eg, doctor’s appointments, preparing to visit family, preparing a presentation for your boss). These are the essentials of being an adult. This is where prioritization meets organization. When evaluating my three page to-do list I threw out page three because I would never take the time to replace the plastic seat adjuster handle in my car I paid others people to do page two, including exchanging curbside pickup for grocery shopping, but I still need to figure out how to most efficiently handle the remaining tasks. These are not only the ones that are squarely in my lane, but they are also the ones where I need to be present and in the moment. For me, that includes training for zest for life, having dinner at the table every night with my family, getting enough sleep, working out in the gym, and total commitment when preparing for every client meeting. After separating the wheat from the chaff, activities that require my personal attention are doable if I stay focused and organized. Of course, organization is a completely separate rabbit hole to dive into.
Prioritizing is the first of many steps to make each day a little less stressful and start spending the 24 hours of your day a little more deliberately. If you do, you might have time to catch up on the next episode of stranger things.
Lisa Jaster, PMP, is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve and one of the first three women to graduate from the elite U.S. Army Ranger program in 2015. She graduated 37 years old, while the average age of trainees is 23 years old. juggles between his civilian career, his family life and his personal interests. She is a Partner and Senior Contributor to the Talent War Group as a Keynote Speaker and Executive Coach. She is also a board member of two non-profit organizations, Team Red, White and Blue as well as Dive Pirates. Lisa maintains her sanity through strength training and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is married to Marine Colonel Allan Jaster, also a reservist and principal/owner of financial consultancy Archer Consulting. Lisa and Allan have two children together, Zachary and Victoria, and live in New Braunfels, Texas.