How You Can Better Control Your Time [Podcast S03E01]

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this first episode of the season Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to make sure the urgent doesn’t crowd out the important.

The truth is that when it comes to how you spend your time, you have a choice. You can either live in proactive mode, according to a plan you’ve developed or you can live in reactive mode, according to the demands of others.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How time is similar to money: if you want to control it, you have to spend it on paper before you spend it in reality.
  • Why margin is critically important and how you can build it into your schedule—even if you now feel overwhelmed.
  • How a simple Excel spreadsheet can help you plan your “Ideal Week” and make sure you schedule your most important commitments first.
  • How you can organize your week around daily themes and focus areas so you are more productive and efficient.
  • How you can solicit the help of your colleagues and support staff, so they are helping you stay focused and on-task.

You can get better at controlling your time. All you need is the intention, the right tool, a little planning, and the support of the people closest to you.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What would mapping out an ideal week make possible for you?

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If you want to listen to more episodes, you will find all thirteen audio episodes of Season 3 here. I release the video episodes weekly, as they are not yet available for batch listening. If you are looking for previous episodes, you can find Season 0 here, Season 1 here, and Season 2 here.

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