Tools of Time Management, 3: Wide Margins

I’ll admit it: my top time management struggle is leaving adequate margins in my schedule. No matter whether you call them margins, wiggle room, extra time, or cushion, it’s essential to leave space in your routines, schedule, and life to cope with the unexpected and the emergent. Easy to say, hard to implement.

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Tools of Time Management, 1: The Calendar

Calendars are the most basic and widely-used tool of time management. Calendars link events and actions to a particular date and time. Calendars also serve as a record of the past.

Endless variations exist. Choosing one can be daunting: a traditional paper wall calendar or desk planner? An erasable whiteboard? A computer-based solution?
Before deciding, make a wish list. Consider: Continue reading