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Free Time


My friend Sue:  Do you have any free time to get together this month?

Me:   'Free' time?  No, I don't.
(I am a busy person. I have my own business - two, in fact. I write a monthly column for an online newspaper. I volunteer on the board of my professional chapter. I have a husband, three kids in their twenties - still testing their wings, I play in a handbell choir at a nearby church. I have a home...and a dog....and I'm speaking at the Philly Home Show this month!)

Me:  Send me a couple of dates and we'll set something up.

No, I don't always schedule my free time, but I have to say that when all the responsibilities of my life are at their max, scheduling my fun is one way that I ensure that it happens!

Being organized is not one of my life's goals. It is, rather, the way in which I support all the things in my life that are goals.  And, time management is one of the most important organizing techniques that I use.

I start by making sure that all my recurring commitments are clearly blocked out on my calendar - chapter meetings, bell choir rehearsals, conference calls.

Then, I make sure that deadlines are added - blog and article submission due dates, membership renewal dates.

I keep all of my work appointments on the same calendar with personal ones so that I don't double-book my time.  (I use different colors for work, personal and NAPO activities)

And, I set up reminders on my computer and mobile devices.

This may sound like a lot of work but the bulk of the time is spent in the set-up. If you use an online calendar like I do, this work is easily automated and can be changed on-the-go.


Using my schedule in this way helps me make my Busy life, a Full one - and that is worth my time. Because, its not about the time, it's about the Times of my Life.

I'm looking forward to my lunch with Sue on January 23rd.



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Tom on Friday, March 28, 2014 12:08 AM
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