Hour by Hour
Recently, I’ve been developing a pilot program at work for teenagers with chronic illness. Our program is based around the idea of having a daily routine that not only allows time for medical needs but promotes meaningful activities including physical activity.
One of the first exercises we do with our patients is give them a sheet a paper with an hour by hour time slot form 7am to 11pm. Their job is to fill out what their average day looks like by what they are doing every hour of their day. This includes eating breakfast, showering, homework, social media time, and of course taking medications and breathing treatments.
Practice what I preach…
I think this sounds like a pretty easy task. I mean, I would definitely have one for workdays and another for weekends, but other than that we should have a stable grasp on how we spend our days. Right?
Not me, despite my work day I have no idea where time goes. I have no idea how it is 9:39pm right now. Some of you might say social media aka Instagram. But I actually do not think that is the case, and yes I know I am way too into Instagram. Can you believe how much time cooking and cleaning takes? I am a space cadet, don’t get me wrong, but I swear I have less time in my day than every other human being.
Believe it or not I used to be a much more regimented person. It is actually proven that the structured routine not only makes us more productive, but increases quality of life.
I used to dream of ‘finding my flow’ or that space where time disappeared. Then yoga and I met and from then on I have found flow in the most mundane activities.
I continue to want a lack of structure, so instead of planning every hour I have goals I want to complete by the day’s end.
How to get it all done:
1. Write down what you need to accomplish for the week and or day. Do it the morning. Our minds are the clearest in the morning.
2. Keep your list with you. Whether it be on your phone or a paper list. I still like to physically write things down.
3. Check your list during your day. Maybe it is mid-day and before you go to bed. But make it the same time everyday. If this whole thing is feeling too overwhelming, make phone alarms as an external reminder. A list is no good if you don’t follow it.
4. Get an idea of when the items on your list can be worked on. Lunchtime? After work? During your commute?
5. Prioritize the the items on your list. And maybe even title them. I mean most of us like nail polish for the names not even the color.
How I label my lists:
Do it today
Get it done
Tomorrow could work
6. Revisit you list before bed. Check off the things you’ve completed. (The best feeling ever right?) Re-prioritize for tomorrow.
7. Repeat. Rinse. Repeat.
What are your time management techniques? Do you make lists?
How do you incorporate fun activities into your day despite the infinitely long to-do list?
I’m still a work in progress. But this is what works for me when I actually follow it!
There’s no better time than now,