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I think the biggest thing that I got from Amy Lynn Andrews’ book Tell Your Time was the importance of identifying my roles for the purpose of managing my time.

When I actually wrote out all my roles, I realized why I felt like I had so much to do!

  1. rolesMe
  2. Wife
  3. Mom
  4. Teacher
  5. Homemaker
  6. Family Secretary
  7. Writer
  8. YLCF Blogger/Webmaster
  9. Family Business
  10. Webmaster
  11. Friend

But when I wrote out the responsibilities for each role, it really didn’t look like that much to do per role.  It’s just that I’m never remembering the right responsibility at the right time and so I’m always feeling behind instead of ahead.

So, I’m making a page for each role.  At the top, I’m writing what I want to be, how I want to be known, in that role.  And then I’m listing the responsibilities that fall under that role, identifying whether they are daily, weekly, or monthly.  The page also becomes my current to-do list for anything in that role that’s not an urgent “most important task” (MIT).

And those pages go in my “next thing notebook” under the tab for each role, where I turn during my power hour…  It works for me!

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  1. says

    Please bring your notebook to Relevant so I can SEE it! :) I really like this whole idea. Good job pressing on to becoming more organized. I could use some of these tweaks.

  2. says

    I really, really like this, Gretchen. Like you, I feel overwelmed (behind!) most all of the time.

    I know I take on too many projects and tackle too many “to do’s” and expect too much of myself and everyone else.

    What can I say? I’m a dreamer!