The Game of Time Management

Make time management a little bit more fun

The game of Time ManagementIf you find that time management is a big pain in your backside, maybe it’s time to make a game out of it. Sometimes when you look at something different or try a different approach, that’s all it takes to master the task.

You may not get into this on a daily routine right away, but try these tips a few times each week and see if it doesn’t help your productivity and make time management a little bit more fun.

Sometimes just changing your perception on something can make a huge difference. Making time management into a game, instead of something you dread, can be a great way to get started on mastering your time and tasks.

Start your day by making an Action Today. Don’t try to go all out just because it’s a game. You still want it to be manageable, add a maximum of 3 items to your list.

Once your list is made, load up a timer or set one on your smartphone and race the clock to see how many items you can mark off your list in an hour. Don’t stop or let distractions get in your way. You’ll probably need to close your browser and your email program.

You may need to mentally prepare yourself for a few minutes before digging in. You can meditate, take deep breaths or just psyche yourself up to get the job done.

When you’re ready, start the timer and get busy. Work as fast as you can. If you’re writing articles don’t stop to edit yourself. Editing time comes later. For now, just get the words out.

If it helps, you can announce it to your social following or an accountability partner to help you stay on track. However, once you make the announcement, you need to close your social media program so you aren’t tempted to keep checking it. You can keep a chat program open if you set it up as a challenge with someone else. You will both set a timer and then get busy. No chatting is allowed during that time though. Once the time is up, you can compare who got the most done.

Trying to beat your own time and accomplish more than your friend is also a great motivator. There is nothing wrong with a little friendly competition.

Does an hour sound like it’s too long? You can start with a 30 minute segment if you need to. The point is to just set a limited amount of time and get to work on checking off that list.

Time management isn’t always fun. It can be tedious and overwhelming. Making a game out of it can make it fun and interesting. Racing the clock is a great motivator too.

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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8 thoughts on “The Game of Time Management

  1. Great strategy, Mike. Making a game out of it and having fun will definitely change the perception, and in the process create a new habit. Turning off those beeps and pings is definitely an important part to seeing the ‘game’ through successfully. Nice article, thanks!
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