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More Time Management


More on Schedules


The benefits of using a schedule, include:


·        Written plans make responsibilities seem more manageable and less overwhelming.

·        Scheduled tasks are more likely to be completed.

·        If you are current on important tasks, you will avoid worry and last-minute rushing.


The first step is to make a weekly schedule that charts your regular activities. Use a grid style chart. Make multiple blank copies of your chart, so you can create alternate and revised versions.


              Mon    Tues    Wed    Thurs    Fri    Sat    Sun










Include work, commuting/travel, family, volunteer activities, exercise, regularly scheduled functions (clubs, church, etc.), socializing with friends, chores and errands, adequate time for sleep, preparing and eating meals, shopping, leisure activities, personal care, and other regular activities and tasks. Don't forget to schedule time to make and review lists and schedules! Be realistic about how much time you spent on each activity.


If there is very little or no blank, uncommitted time in your schedule grid, you will need to reevaluate how you are allocating your time. You need uncommitted time to allow flexibility, accommodate unanticipated events, tasks and activities.


More about Evaluating Your Time Management


Analyze how you are spending your time. Look over your schedule grid and make a list to calculate how much time you spend on each kind of activity. Next each activity, calculate and write in the number of hours per week devoted to that activity. Multiply daily activities by 7 days; workday activities by 5 days to arrive at weekly hours:





Volunteer activities


Clubs, church, etc.

Socializing with friends



Preparing and eating meals


Leisure activities

Personal care



At the bottom of your list, total weekly hours for all regular activities. There are 168 hours in a week. Subtract your total weekly activity hours from 168 to calculate your total uncommitted weekly hours: 168 - ______ activity hours = ______ uncommitted hours


Further time analysis techniques:


·        Monitor your time - Keep a log

·        List three activities you would like to do in your uncommitted time.


More about Using Your Lists and Schedules to Manage Your Time


Consider using the following array of schedules to organize your time:


Medium term calendar - This is the overview, don't include too much detail. Enter important dates such as important events, projects, meetings, holidays, breaks, etc. Post this schedule in your office area for referral and review, and to chart your progress


General weekly schedule grid - Plan your activities in blocks of hours throughout the week. Fill in all on going activities.

Actual weekly schedule - Modify and detail, working from your general weekly schedule.


Daily schedule or "To Do List" - Complete the night before or the first thing each morning. Include things you intend to accomplish that day, including tasks, appointments, and errands. Check off items you have completed.


Periodically evaluate your time usage, then modify according to your priorities:


Are you using your time to best achieve your goals?
Are you doing what you planned when you said you would?
Can you identify areas when you can use your time more efficiently?



Consider spending a bit of your better managed time attending a Marriage Success Training seminar with your partner. MST helps couples handle the increased stress of the pre-wedding period in a much more healthy way, so that they can use the pre-wedding experience to deepen their intimacy--not stress their relationship-- during this special time. Click here to learn about the benefits of MST.


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