My friend Sue: Do you have any free time to get together this month?
Me: 'Free' time? No, I don't.
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.