Your Time Management Action Plan
We all have the same 168 hours in our week.
We also all have different priorities regarding how that time should be spent.
This simple yet insightful exercise allows you to discover if you are spending your valuable time on the things that are most important to you – to your health, your finances, your career, your spirituality, your creativity, your home environment, your physical activity, your meals and snacks, your relationships, your education, your social life – your JOY!
This Time Triangle exercise is also available here, with a blank template for you to print and complete.
Grab a piece of plain white paper. Draw a horizontal line a few centimetres from the top of the page. Draw two vertical lines, a few centimetres wide, down the middle of the page. Join the left edge of the horizontal line with the bottom of the left vertical line, at an angle, like a triangle with the point at the bottom of the page. Join the right edge of the horizontal line with the bottom of the right vertical line, at an angle.
Title the left side Actual and the right side Desired.
Note how you spend a typical week on the left side – consider sleep, work, hobbies, exercise, food preparation, errands, family, partner, social, cleaning, meditation, reading, TV, internet, miscellaneous and so on. Where possible, have the items with the largest number of hours at the wide part of the triangle, that is, close to the top.
In the middle column, place an = sign, an up arrow or a down arrow to designate satisfaction or desire for change for each listed item – and on the right side, the time you would rather be spending on each activity (keeping in mind a total of 168 hours).
After completing, consider:
What insights have you gained into your time priorities?
What can you do to make actual time equal desired time for each activity?
In which areas would you like to be more productive or efficient?
Which areas could be delegated or ditched?
Which areas could be grouped for time-savings?
What did you discover? We’d love for you to share your new insights, or reminders of what you already knew, below.