- Nincs elég idő a feladatokra.
- Nincs elég idő a családra.
- Nincs elég idő a gyerekre.
- Nincs elég idő sportolásra.
- És legfőképpen nincs elég ideje saját magára.
- Not enough time for chores/duties
- Not enough time for family
- Not enough time for children
- Not enough time for sports
- Most important of all, not enough time for ourselves
There is no need to go into the details about the consequences whether lack of time affects our personal or our family life.
In the first part of our series on time-management, we looked at the types of calendars, their advantages and characteristics.
Calendars are packed with even more useful sections than the actual calendar part, they offer numerous other functions which aid our goal of realizing optimal time-management.
The ruler printed on the edge of informational pages is a small but useful addition.
Also included in our diaries is a summarized calendar of the current and the following calendar year, so if you want, you can plan two full years ahead. Reserved dates should be circled or highlighted, so you can see at a glance which dates have something planned in advance (see the illustration below).
An example: you decide to set your vacation time aside in March. In the summarized calendar you mark the two weeks in July 7-20. The next time you do any planning, you'll see at a glance that those two weeks are reserved. The moment your vacation time is finalized you also mark this time period on your diary pages.You can be sure that this will invoke all sorts of related thoughts: making reservations for accomodation, telling your grandparents in advance, sorting out who will water your plants while you're gone, etc. These thoughts will then require dates set aside for them (for example, accomodation should be planned before April, while watering plans can be sorted during the previous week). These thoughts and things-to-do should be written down immediately on your diary pages, either when you sort them out or the diary page of the dates in question. Open a Vacation section on the Notes pages and be sure to make a note of anything that comes into mind regarding your planned vacation, in the moment that it occurs to you.
In most diaries you will find not only a summarized calendar but also a yearly overview calendar, you can read more about these in our next blog entry.
- It's virtually irrelevant what we decide to use, the most important thing is that we keep using our chosen diary. This is the only way to ensure we can manage our time.
- We should write down all ideas, appointments, and To-Dos.
- Make a habit of using the overview calendars for long-term planning and regularly go over the dates you have marked.
- Transcribe these dates on your daily diary pages regularly.
- Use the notes section in your diary to record your things-to-do. If using a Filofax, utilize the included To-Do lists to list tasks. Always label these pages at the top, for finding references easily later on.