Budgeting Time Like Money – Using Time Maps to Shape Your Time

You can’t experience financial freedom until you operate under the constraint of a budget. Sticking to a budget enables us to make meaningful choices about what you want and need. The same holds true for time. You can’t experience a stress free life until you spend your time under the constraint of a time budget. A smart approach to time management is to face that insurmountable list of tasks once before getting your act together, starting with a thorough reckoning as to where your time is going. You realize that once you understand where your time is going, the right choices become clear. Attending that recurring-no-value-added-routine meeting, or spending a long time on your Facebook newsfeed is a lot less tempting when you’re aware of the cost: 8000 minutes on average per year. Having a time budget means never having to pass up an opportunity because you’ve blown your precious time on discretionary activities. Time budgets help you establish a control as the foundation of quality work.

Since money is a lot more tangible than time, controlling your money is easier than controlling your time. That’s why you need SkedPal. SkedPal enables you to operate with a time budget. It helps you to shape your time in alignment with your key priorities or projects, and the key people you need to reach out to, and collaborate with. It helps you to shift from a re-active mode where your days are only firefighting to focusing on what moves the needle in your value-added projects.

Using Time Maps to Shape Your Time

As explained in Time Map introduction, the first and basic goal of a Time Map is to define your preferences for scheduling tasks at the right days and hours. In addition to setting the preferred hours, you are also defining the number of hours per week for the category this Time Map belongs to. In other words, when you design your Time Maps, you are also deciding how many hours per week you’d like to spend time on that category. This will help you shape your schedule with more hours in your key priorities. However, this is going to be managed in an intelligent way in SkedPal, and is far more effective than a fixed recurring weekly plan. Shifting from firefighting, or re-active days to more pro-active, planned and focused work is not going to be an overnight change. So, SkedPal will give you all the tools and metrics you need to move yourself to the desired Quadrant 2 in the Eisenhower Method.

To fully experience this, please follow the 5 step process to design your Time Maps as explained in Designing the right Time Maps.

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