How much time have you wasted
searching for techniques to help you use your time wisely?
Good news – February is National Time Management Month!
Using your time wisely can reduce stress, increase productivity, give you more energy for free time and increase focus – all of which can help you reach your goals faster. In recognition of National Time Management Month, we wanted to share some techniques that we’ve found helpful here at Bloom Ob/Gyn. Once implemented, perhaps you’ll find more time for all those things that get pushed aside, like a visit with us!
TIP #1: EISENHOWER’S URGENT/IMPORTANT MATRIX
The Eisenhower matrix is a simple tool to help you sort through daily activities. Attributed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and popularized in Steven Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” the above table provides an easy visual aid to help sort priorities.
Activities in Box 1 are urgent and important, ie. DO NOW actions. Box 2 represents DO LATER actions. These are tasks that are important but not urgent, so schedule a time for these activities. In Box 3, you have actions that are not important but are urgent – these might be tasks that you DELEGATE. Finally, actions in Box 4 are not important and not urgent, therefore things to ELIMINATE from your list of activities.
As you look through your list of tasks for the day, week or month, try using the Eisenhower Matrix to streamline your workflow. Prioritize actions in Box 1 and think twice about eliminating those in Box 4, while those in boxes 2 and 3 fall somewhere in between.