We live in a world of great contrast, and the only fair thing is that everyone gets 24-hours a day. What we do with these hours makes the biggest difference in our lives, and I have created habits, which include auditing how I use my time, that help me set my life up for accomplishing my dreams and staying focused.
Download the 15 Minute Time Tracker (Free Printable) below and access a previous version on the FREEBIES page.
I recently had an eventful four months: getting COVID-19, finishing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing (Summa Cum Laude), applying to *Doctoral programs, having surgery (again), and moving to a new apartment which was accompanied by some significant life changes and losses. This period of time was surrounded by grace, but it was intense and difficult to stay on course. One tool that helped me was this 15-Minute Time Tracker to help me stay focused and ensure that my use of time aligned with my goals. For those of you who are new to the M4YV project, you may not know that I have a long-term dream to combine the arts with healing and plan to bridge my decades of experience with music with medicine.
I do not use this time tracker every day, but at least 2-3 days a week, it helps me stay on track. I use the "Top 3 Goals" section to list the tasks I hope to accomplish but are not my favorite but need to get done. This usually includes following up with insurance to pay medical bills, getting my computer fixed, and making a dental appointment. The other parts I use to stay organized. I will then list the scheduled parts of the day and create a draft of what my day will look like. Rarely the day sticks precisely to this draft, and occasionally, I use the same sheet for 2-3 days at a time. However, it helps create a framework to stay on task and work towards my dreams. Overall, this simple tool has been very useful for me, and somewhere I once heard a quote that stated something to the effect of "we tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in a day and underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade." This rings true for me, my days are ambitious with what I hope to fill them with (I am a lover of learning), but when I review what I have accomplished these past 10-years, it astounds me.
*I am honored and excited to begin at Frontier Nursing University in the fall of 2022 to work towards my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree. Stay tuned for how this unfolds, and thank you for your support.
Hi! It's me, Heather. I absolutely love working on the Music for Young Violinists project and all the many facets: blogging, website, music, teaching materials, freebies, videos, newsletter and giveaway contests. The best part is connecting with you so feel free to drop me a line. You can learn more about me on the "ABOUT" page. Thanks!