One of the things that I have always known about myself is that I don’t have a good grasp on time management. It has never really come back to bite me in my career, but as I take on more duties at work, I can see that I am in real danger of dropping balls if I don’t get a handle on that.

I use time management as a blanket term to mean productivity and personal organization and all sorts of other jargon like that. I don’t really mean that I am trying to transform myself into a slick engine of productive output. I’m just trying to manage tasks so that I am not feeling overwhelmed when I look at everything on my plate.

Here are three broad items that I am working on:

I use day-to-day tasks as an excuse to procrastinate on broader tasks.

In other words, I can’t work on this big project because I have all these little things that I’ve decided are more pressing.

I jump from task to task too quickly

Rather than completing or reaching a good stopping point on one task before moving onto the next, I work on three or four at the same time, bouncing between each.

I spread my to do lists across too many platforms.

Self-explanatory.

So I am experimenting with a few different techniques and tools to improve my skills. I am starting small, making adjustments rather than going on a crash diet. This way whatever positive changes I make will more likely to be permanent.

Also, while I may post progress reports here, I’m not planning to write some sort of “10 Time Management Tips That Will Completely Change Your Life and Make You the Most Important Person at Your Place of Work and They Will Buy You Stuff” article. I’m just trying to figure out what works for me. Your mileage may vary.

Now… got to find a piece of paper.