Time Management means so many things to different people. To my children it means wangling a later bedtime, to my mother it means filling the rainy days and dark evenings with puzzles and television.  To me it means "How can I gain more leisure hours while still working productively"


Later bedtime

It never ceases to amaze me how many procrastination techniques my young teens can display. In fact my daughter has been well practised since she was about 4 years old.  I've tried to get the whole thing started earlier, but she will still wander downstairs to get a drink, warm up her water bottle, sort out her school bag etc.  So her time management is all about staying up late.


Filling rainy days

Our senior citizens have many hours of leisure time on their hands, but not always with plenty of activities to enthuse them.  My 73 year old mother absolutely blooms between March and October, completely engaged with the garden and the sunshine.  But when it rains and the days are short, she huddles over crosswords and jigsaws to keep her mind active, almost counting the hours until the mornings are lighter and the bees start buzzing.  She'd love to be busier and is always reading; I guess that's what retirement can mean for those who haven't found an all-consuming hobby.


Too much to do

For me, it is a constant struggle to get the work/life balance right. I coach others on their time management and I do take a lot of my own advice.  If you're like me you'll be the one who takes on all the extras professionally and personally, because you just know that you'll fit it in somehow.  There's a saying which goes… "If you want something done, ask a busy person".  I think I agree with that.


So what's your time management like, and what techniques do you use to gain more of a work/life balance?