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So Many Things To Do: The ABC Time Management Method

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Organise and prioritise your time with the A B C time management method

I’m a bit old fashioned, I openly admit it, so when it comes to technology, while I embrace it use it

and rely on it in my every day life, I still can’t bring myself to use an electronic to-do list.

On my desk, I have a computer, a laptop (yes both), there’s also an iPad ready and of course my

iPhone, so I’m not adverse to the benefits these tools bring to my every day life, however, among

these technological tools sits my humble A5 spiral notebook. You know, the kind of notebook that

isn’t fancy in anyway at all, other than the space to put a date on each page in the top right corner.

Over the years I’ve tried almost everything when it comes to a to-do list! Fancy leather bound

diaries with a day-to-a-page, beautiful inspiring notebooks from gorgeous specialist stationary outlets

and I’ve even tried the odd electronic to-do-list app, but nothing has compared to the simple spiral


Every quarter, usually timed with the change of seasons, I purchase myself the most basic and plain

A5 notebook I can find in Woolies and I carefully write up the days of the week at the top of the

page for the 90 days. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…….my OCD doesn’t let me abbreviate the

days and I always habitually use a blue highlighter. It takes less than 15 mins and I find it quite

therapeutic. Then I go through and date each page, usually in front of my computer so I can check

every now and then that I’m doing it correctly.

Once it’s all done, I feel somewhat relaxed and on top of things for the coming season.

The way I manage my to-do list is also very basic. I literally just write down what I need to do and

pick the most relevant day or date to do the task on. Anything and everything goes on the list, from

personal items, errands to run, school tasks for the kids and of course my daily work tasks. While I’m

no expert, I tend to fit more in my day than I think is possible, providing I follow this simple step.

A, B, C – I prioritise my tasks on the list using the ABC time management method, with C usually not

even rating a mention. I’m too busy for C tasks and they just don’t make the list or I usually define

them as a B task. I even go so far as to number each of the A, B tasks, so my list ends up looking

something like this:

A3 – Call Dr for appointment

B1 – Phone air conditioning repairer A4 – Email Mary regarding appointment

A1 – Email management

A5 – Meeting with Bob at 11am

A8 – Gymnastics with girls at 3:30pm

A2 – Facebook post for business regarding event

A6 – Follow up Peter regarding email sent 16/1

B2 – Follow up Michael regarding email sent 17/1

A7 -Call Jo to set up meeting in Feb

B3 – Check Linkedin and respond to messages

While I like to think I do it well, I usually find that some tasks are crossed out and moved to another

day, however by prioritising the tasks the night before, it means I get the tougher stuff done first,

meaning there’s usually little impact when I move one of the lower priority tasks.

The email management is usually my first task of the day, I clear out anything from the previous

afternoon/night and then add actionable items to the list either for today (if they’re urgent) or for the

following days. It means my inbox is clean and empty, reducing temptation to waste valuable time

during the day and I then just check it sporadically during the day.

Get yours today!!


Yasmin is an owner and co-­founder of School Hours, Australia’s first dedicated family friendly employment website. School Hours will be the place to go for Australian parents wanting to connect with progressive thinking, family friendly employers.
More recently Yasmin’s has created, a personal blog helping herself and others deal with having a clinically diagnosed high risk of contracting breast and
ovarian cancer. The site documents her journey through a prophylactic (preventative) bilateral mastectomy.

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