Personality Based Time Management Quiz © brought to you by The Busy Woman©
- Do you ever feel that day planner weren’t made for your needs?
- Do you wonder how to manage your time and schedule using a day planner, but haven’t found the right help?
- Take The Busy Woman’s Personality Based Time Management Quiz © (below) to estimate your personality type.
- Then read Personality Based Time Management©.
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Personality Based Time Management Quiz © brought to you by The Busy Woman
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I read a lot of articles about managing my time and home office. I’ve picked up a few tips here and there but for the most part, what I’ve read isn’t applicable to my lifestyle.
I’m a work at home mom with a challenging preschooler who wants most of my attention most of the time. Our company has three divisions and I am the CEO, Director of Human Resources, Accounting, Sales and Marketing and Web Development. I also have community and civic commitments. I’ve relied on a day planner for over a decade. I’d be lost without one.
When I transitioned from corporate drone to Entrepreneur to work at home mom, I found that my brand name planner wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. So, I switched to the Busy Woman’s Daily Planner (www.thebusywoman.com). Each daily planning page is divided into six versatile sections that are useful to mothers. Here’s how I use my planner. You can adapt my techniques to suit your own style and needs:
This is the list of tasks you want to accomplish TODAY. The checkmark (P) column is where you tick off what’s done. The ABC column is how you prioritize your tasks. “A” is important, “B” is kind of important, “C” is not important. “A” tasks get done first. Your first A task should be “Planning and Solitude.” This phrase is a carry over from my days using the name brand planner and it is the most important task of your day. Spend 15 minutes each day planning, reflecting on your goals, reviewing the previous day’s unfinished tasks and accomplishments. You will find that you complete so much more when this is done each day.
The priorities column is also a great place to develop new habits, like exercising or writing in a journal. Add your desired new habit to your priorities list everyday until you do it automatically.
Anything that involves someone coming to, or you leaving your home, goes here.
Many of the time management gurus say to block out time on your calendar for naps, phone calls and personal time. Unless your children have biological clocks that put them to sleep at exactly the same time every day, naps belong on the priorities list. If you workout at home, it’s a priority. If you go to a gym, it’s an appointment.
There are only three lines in this section for a reason! Do not get so caught up in cleaning the house that you don’t get anything else done. I find that assigning a cleaning day to each room works for me. Sunday is bathroom day, Monday the living room gets tidied and vacuumed and so forth. If I can’t get to that room on that day, it waits until the following week. At the beginning of each month, go through your calendar and assign chores to each day.
**To Be Called
Make sure the list is reasonable. Don’t expect to be able to make 3 hours worth of calls if your child only naps for 45 minutes. At the beginning of each month, transfer any birthdays or anniversaries to this section so that you remember to call the person!
Plan out your menu for the week before you go grocery shopping. That way, you know what you need to buy and shopping will be more efficient. Transfer the menu plan onto each days Menu section. At night, check the following day’s menu and pull out anything that needs to defrost.
This is a great place to jot down your tax deductible mileage. If you travel for business on a regular basis, then it is best to use the mileage sheets that come separately. You can also use this space to write a single sentence summing up your days accomplishments.
Most moms will find carrying a Busy Woman Planner is the most valuable item in their bag. But, they are heavy. So, I recommend purchasing a “Busy Woman VIP Purse” with detachable planner so you can leave the planner in your car when you don’t need to carry it. I usually leave my planner on the passenger’s seat while driving so that I can tick off errands as I go. At home, my planner proudly lays open on my desk accompanied by my favorite pencil.
You will find that a little planning can go a long way. Having a plan makes everything from going on vacation to shopping for groceries a breeze. Every busy woman has different planning needs, so the versatility of the 6 part Busy Woman daily pages makes them a great tool for staying organized.
Copyright 2002 Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte
Kandas Nesbitt-Rodarte is the CEO of Wood Designs Inc., a manufacturer of reproduction American Colonial furniture. Kandas lives in Texas with her husband/business partner, their daughter, a dog and two cats. http://momgeek.com/
Let’s talk about personalities!
My name is Susie and I am a recovering “type A compulsive”. If you are one, you’ll know it after a brief description. I used to clean the house before anyone ate in the morning. I had the compulsion to keep things very clean all of the time. There used to be boxes or buckets for everything. The diaper bag always had something to wipe dirty kid faces and hands with. I was NEVER late for anything unless there was an extreme emergency. Am I getting warm? Do you fit into this category?
If not, you might be the “type A casual” woman. My next phase of life developed after I moved for the first time. I could not possibly get everything done, so I left boxes that I didn’t need right away in the garage. Trying to find a place for everything was not possible, so I went out and bought 3 bookcases to house as much as possible although there STILL was not a place for everything. So a few or more piles of papers and STUFF had to be left on a shelf here, counter there and I just didn’t take the time to care. (Slowly over time, there became too many other things that were more important than keeping a perfect home.) Does THIS sound like you?
If you fit neither of the previous descriptions, you might be a “type B motivated” woman. Have you ever been frustrated because you could not get to your appointments on time no matter how hard you tried? Are you late because a friend stopped by to chat? (A chat with a friend is usually more important to the type B woman.) Did you get to some appointments on time, but found you had left the slip with all of the much needed info on it, on the counter, by the phone, that you stopped to answer, on your way out? Are you continuously making lists, only to lose them? Do you make wholehearted efforts to get things accomplished, but don’t because of numerous distractions? I think you might just be a “type B motivated”!
If not, “type B messy” is our last option. Type B messies would usually love to be more organized, but just haven’t found how to manage it. They are good in that people are often more important to them than cleaning, but they usually secretly wish that their lives were more in control. These women have homes that look like hurricanes have just blown through. If they have children, their clothes don’t need to match. The kids just need to be dressed, PERIOD. Some women just aren’t hung up about what others think or if their beds are made. They are however loyal friends.
This is personality based time management in the extreme. Some of each of these is a good thing. Tendencies are usually toward one side or the other. Sometimes, women are a combined version of two of the above personality types and have come to be comfortable there. For those who are not satisfied, or need a little encouragement, I can try to help you find a happy medium.
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I’ve been using a new coding system for my children when my calendar starts to get very busy. If you look at The Busy Woman’s Daily Planner monthly tabs/pages, you’ll see a notes column on the right hand side. I write in each child’s activities on the appropriate days of the month, and then I add a circled number to any activity that needs more information than I can fit in the daily square. The same number goes on the margin of the monthly page or if I know I need more room, I’ll put it on a “notes” page, along with the additional information I need.
For example, perhaps Josh has Volleyball on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I will put “Josh 5:30 VB” on the calendar for those days. However, on 2 of the 8 Saturdays, Josh has to go to a different park for a game. So I will put a circled number 1 in the upper left corner by his name on the date of the game and the same number 1 in the notes column, plus the name of the new park and the name and phone number of the carpool partner.
Then for a different detail, I will write a circled number 2, then 3, and so on. We add numbers any time during the month as needed. Some women prefer to write the days of the week into their detailed notes rather than using circled numbers.
If I need to schedule something for one of the other children, I will continue the coding the same way. Some people might use a different color for each child. There are many variations when it comes to coding. Think about how you process information. Do you respond better to numbers or days of the week? Would different colors for each person help you or give you heartburn?
Find what works with “YOUR” personality and get rid of the stress of coding and following your written schedule.
Use A Daily Planner To Bring Order To Your Busy Life
Listening to many speakers and looking at other women’s schedules and organizers just made me feel like their lives were too perfect and they could not possibly relate to me. ~Susie
Users of The Busy Woman’s Daily Planner© know better. Many women use The Busy Woman system on a daily basis to help bring order to their busy, often chaotic, and less than perfect lives.
Welcome to the wonderful world of organization! Here are a few tips to get you started in the right direction whether you’ve already purchased a daily planner and don’t know where to start or you’re thinking of purchasing a day planner, ANY planner:
Read our article Personality Based Time Management©, then take our Personality Based Time Management Quiz© to find out what personality type you are: A Compulsive; A Casual; B Motivated; B Messy. When you’re done, come back here.
If you’re an Type A personality the master filler with binder would make a good start.
If you’re a Type B personality then the Busy Woman Basics starter pack is what is recommended.
Only put in what you absolutely need. Remember you are carrying this with you. If you’re a Type B, only purchase a handful of pages when you first start out. Our recommendations are:
* Cover/Special Occasions Pages
* Monthly Tabs
* Daily OR Weekly Pages
(but not both unless you’re a seasoned planner user)
* Section Tabs
* Note Pages
* Personal Medical Information Page
* Child Information Pages (if you have children)
* Page Turner
* Vinyl Zipper Pouch
* Address Tabs
* Address Pages
Monthly Tabs – Only put in up to six months at a time if you’re a Type B.
Daily Pages – Start off trying 7 pages behind only the month you are in when you get your planner. (That will give you 14 days, back and front)
Weekly Pages – Start off trying 2 – 4 weekly pages in that first month as well. (Alternate between whatever pages you choose.)
Blank Tabs – You can purchase these at almost any office supply store. You might want to put these pages behind each tab: Lesson Planning, Personal Information Page, Medical & Child Information Pages usually go. (If you need to put your personal numbers like, bank, social security, or license numbers in your book, try putting them into a code that only you can read, whether you put them in reverse order or some other way. Don’t make it easier for someone to use your information if you’re purse gets stolen.) In the different sections, only put in a few pages of each kind until you learn what pages work best for you. After about a month, maybe less, you will be able to ascertain what pages you need more or less of. Put those that you’re not going to use right now in a box or large envelope marked as Day Planner Pages so you can find them easily. I usually tell women to put the extra planner pages that are not in use, up in your closet above where you hang your clothes.
If you reorder pages you already have, but forgot about or can’t find them, this post serves as a mental note.
Keep it SIMPLE!
What’s left? A LOT! However, try getting used to the basics before you purchase every page you think you need or want. You don’t want this planner added to the closet floor with the rest. (wink) We have see this WAY too often. Put the money you save by purchasing our daily planner in the bank.
The Busy Woman’s Daily Planner© is all about helping women Simplify Their Lives, by keeping everything at their fingertips. We’re not here to get rich quick! We’re here to guide you. Many women are creatures of habit. So you may not need to change what you’re using. Though, chances are that if you’re here reading this, you need a change.
Many women change their planners around to suit their needs. I’ve seen many phases of a woman’s life, from working and having no children, to staying home with one or more little ones, to having older children who all attend different sports or lessons. Now I’m a grandma and working two jobs!
Because our pages are electronic (in PDF form), you can print when you need them or burn the pages to a CD and take it to a local printer. Print in bulk what you use most (just don’t violate our copyright by sharing with others).
When you decide you need a change because the pages you’re using aren’t working for the phase of life you’re in, try some of our other pages. There will come a time, maybe in two years, maybe in five years… that you will want to use those old pages again. Amazingly enough, I often see this happen.
Get a nice cup of your favorite drink and/or a snack. Sit down in a pleasant atmosphere and enjoy starting fresh in your new planner. Schedule in FUN TIME! Make it bright, bold and clearly visible. You need something to look forward to. Schedule in dates with family members and dear friends to nurture those relationships.
If you wonder what size day planner you need or want, answer these questions:
Do you have large writing? Buy the Notebook Size daily planner.
Do you have smaller writing or can you learn to write small (because you want it a little lighter)? Buy the Classic Size.
Now off you go… All products are listed to the left. If you still need help, get our How To Put Your Planner Together CD. It’s like having private time with Susie and her friend Katie helping you set up your planner and giving you tips for using different planner pages.
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