Learning time management can help your uncluttering efforts

When I was a high school teacher, I tried to teach my students valuable life lessons in addition to the English curriculum. Time management was a non-academic lesson I focused on year after year. I would ask for students to set deadlines for research, outlines, drafts and final papers and projects. My students were then evaluated on their abilities to meet their own deadlines, in addition to being evaluated on the content of their work. Failure to meet a deadline would result in a conversation with me about why they missed the set mark and how they planned to get back on schedule. I served as a coach to help them improve their time management skills.

By the end of the year, students could set their own scope, deadlines, and methodologies for assignments. Surprisingly, they would meet their requirements and, in almost every case, these requirements were more stringent than I would have imposed if I would have created them. In fact, I can’t recall a single student missing his or her final project deadline.

What I learned from my experience teaching time management is that anyone can learn it. Time management isn’t a talent reserved for only an elite few. Students from all different backgrounds and skill sets could master it, and they were only teenagers.

Clutter and time management are closely linked. If you have a tendency to say “I’ll get to that later” and procrastinate, then you’re more likely to find patches of clutter in your home. Mastering time management can help you to get your clutter problems under control and free you from stress. And, as I’ve learned through years of experience, anyone can learn time management.

If you struggle with time management, consider checking out the following websites from the LifeRemix network that often discuss time management techniques:

Additionally, if you haven’t read David Allen’s Getting Things Done, you may want to start with it. There is an audio version of the book available through Audible if you don’t want to bring another book into your home to clutter up your bookshelf. The better you are at time management, the more likely your home is to be clutter free and remain that way.

7 Comments for “Learning time management can help your uncluttering efforts”

  1. posted by Kirk Roberts on

    I totally agree that time management is important, and a vital skill to hone.

    Personally, though, I discovered over time that looking at blogs (and investigating links from blogs) was one of the biggest time sucks in my day. The irony was how much time I wasted reading personal productivity tips.

    To each their own, but if you’re interested in time management I would suggest checking a book out of the library rather than surfing (blog, rss, web, etc). “The Now Habit” is pretty great.

  2. posted by Mandy on

    Thanks for your blog! I am getting an error message following some of your links, though, so can’t delve deeper.

  3. posted by Rachel on

    Getting Things Done is fantastic – I second that recommendation. Even though I didn’t end up going through the whole organization system he laid out, many of the smaller tips have stuck with me and made a huge difference.

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  5. posted by Cyndi on

    I’m finding it a bit ironic that a post on time management has so many broken links :-)

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    My apologies about the broken links. We haven’t had internet connectivity for hours here at Unclutterer, so I was unaware that WordPress had eaten my links. All should be good to go now, though, and hopefully comcast will keep up our connection so I can keep testing the post. Again, my apologies.

  7. posted by Catherine on

    This is a great idea both for my clutter and home and for my college students. I view a lot of them as being irresponsible because they are not turning in assignments on time but maybe you are on to something. Maybe I can somehow help them with time management and get them back on track. Especially since I am sick of grading late papers (and hearing all their miserable excuses!). In other words-thanks! And thank you to the procrastination clutter at home-that’s me and I’m going to work on it.

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