How do you manage your time?

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I find time management very tricky, having being diagnosed with ADD in my early childhood. Time management has always been an issue for me.

Especially now since I'm a Family man, working full-time, studying part-time, side projects and freelance work.

What do you use to manage your time efficiently?

Any MOOC courses, mobile apps, Python automation recommendation?

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It's a constant battle :)

One of the things that helped me was to get in the habit of writing every day - all the things I plan to do, what I hope to accomplish, etc. Basically any thoughts that I had about what I was doing that day/week/etc.

This goes by many names (daily pages, bullet journals, etc) - but just try it for a bit to see what works for you.

Basically, I'm re-writing my todo list every single day. That helps me figure out what's really important, what I'm behind on, etc.

But there's no silver bullet... good luck! And let me know if you find some better way :)

 

I try to keep a clear calendar. Only things I absolutely have to do is kept in calendar. I fight hard to make sure my calendar is clean.

Also trying to avoid todo lists. If I cannot remember something, it probably was not important enough in the first place.

Inspired by Buffet and Munger.
Not sure it’s of any use to you.

Another thing. Having a daily routine helps a lot. I have find that worrying about having too little time is often worse than actually having too little time. By having a daily routine I find that I stress less about time and time management.

Thirdly. Having kids, and a family, to attend to takes time. And should take time. It is probably the time that matters the most. At least that’s what we will feel when we are older. Just accepting that fact also helps.
Being present when with the family, and not thinking about work, or what needs to be done, also helps a lot in many ways.

In other words. Time management is an illusion:)

 

Hahahahaha, to top it of we living in a simulation which validate your argument regarding time management.

 

One thing you can try is the Pomodoro Technique

I plan my day in the morning and set a goal for the work day and figuring out when I'm going to get coding in vs when I'm doing administrative / strategic work.

In the evenings, after my wife goes to bed, I work on a specific project with a specific small goal. If I hit it and have energy left, I keep going on another small one. If I hit it or make progress and I need a breather, I watch something fun instead for the rest of the evening.

 

Nice, I do that but not consistently... Thanks for the link

 

I'm a professional procrastinator. I am not good with planning ahead. I guess it's normal for a person who is in the late 20s.

Everything changed when I started my job as a freelancer. I need to have more self-control. I tried so many things, from GTD Method to KonMari. Nothing really worked.

So I tried to digitize the way I work. I use a productivity apps to help me. I use a project management software to help me with my job. It worked for a while and I'm trying so many things together.

 

Technically The way I manage my time is using the principle that I read from the book Of Essentialism which means

Do things that are essential and less on non-essential things and this helped me focused more on my Web development journey and not really mindless consuming my time on useless things

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