Need Help Budgeting Time?

We recently talked about balancing your financial budget.  There’s another budget many of us struggle with (some even more than with finances): time management.

Time management is another vital skill that we often have to teach ourselves.  However, the process that works best will vary wildly from person to person.  This may be why schools let us teach ourselves and reinforced our preferred method indirectly with projects and assignments.  It’s just a matter of finding what helps you plan ahead, remember your plan, and stay on task.  It could be cleaning up a workspace, hiring an outside contractor like Dallas Janitorial Services, or just completing your normal job.

Many people are comfortable just entering in a reminder on their phone’s calendar or setting an alarm, but some of us need more robust options.  Maybe it’s not enough of a reminder, or we’re easily distracted, or even the act of entering it into a calendar can make us forget.

I know that, in my case, an analog planner can help, although it’s not 100%.  Something about the act of writing a task down helps me remember (although sometimes it also makes me forget since I wrote it down and no longer need to remember). What really keeps me focused is needing to complete the task, usually because of a deadline or need for pay.  If you find outside motivation useful, plan ways to reward yourself for completed tasks.

Of course, in the modern age, there’s an app for that.  Countless apps have been built to shut out distractions, plan ahead, or simply track time spent.  They’re perfect if you can find one that works for you.  Some are like games, rewarding you for time spent focused.  If that sounds right, look into Forest or other competing apps.  Others function more like strict teachers or nannies, and block certain sites or call attention to your distraction.  If that sounds like a better fit, check out Momentum (or the nuclear option, Site Block).  Of course, there’s plenty of basic time trackers for the number oriented among us as well.

Whatever you choose, it has to be entirely your decision.  Only you can know for sure which one is right for you, since that changes from person to person.  Just try out apps or basic methods until you find one that works.  It’s the only way to be sure.

– Ryan Derenbecker