People whose minds seldom engage in these poor thinking habits rarely struggle with time management.
What about that thing that’s been on your mind for months or maybe even years? The mere though of it is draining. You feel discouraged. You probably beat yourself up for not having made progress.
No matter how busy you are, you must find a moment to reflect and set some goals for yourself. Then you will realize that small changes can make an enormous difference over time.
Now let me ask you: when was the last time you had a week with very little to do? So little to do in fact that you wanted more meetings to fill the time? Never!
On your campus, what kind of example does your leadership team set? Do people take pride in being busy and overworked?
Time management is emotionally charged and the first step to making improvements is to deal with emotions. People don’t always know consciously what drives their decisions and behaviors.
Obviously, improving organization, optimizing time allocation, and creating healthy boundaries and systems to reduce interruptions is a good start, but that’s not enough.
To make matters worse, you seldom get time to focus on writing. With constant interruptions and unexpected fires to put out, your work days go by so fast it can make your head spin.