The secret of Individuality in Time Management

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I can’t tell you the top 3 things to do for you that will absolutely work EVERY TIME when working on time management, because what works for me might not work for you.

So, today we are talking about individuality.  That thing that makes you you.  Or for matters of time management, the life that you are living.  No one else’s is exactly like yours.  No one else has the same circumstances, experiences, and responsibilities.  They are yours and yours alone.  And that is why learning time management is such a personal task.

Only YOU know what will work. And only YOU are the one to make it work.  And YOU are your own worst enemy.  Yes, there are very, very special circumstances where a person’s choices are not their own.  But, in general, your choices are yours.  Some big, some small, some important, some not….all your own.  Yay you!!

be you

Okay, now that I got my soap-boxing out of the way here are the basics I want you to take away today…

1. Not all systems work for everyone.

No person’s schedule is exactly the same as the next.  Not all homes are run with the same chores, the same tools, the same space, heck…even our geographies are different!  Some have endless resources, some are limited.  Do NOT assume that the organized lady’s schedule down the street will work for you.  Don’t plan on doing the same exact daily household chores as your best friend.

No two homes/people are alike!

2. Not all people are wired the same.

Not only can we not duplicate system exactly…we can’t assume that motivations for one will be the same for another.
What gets you going may not work for your spouse.  The important thing is to understand how YOU work.  AND understand how those you need to motivate work.  Learn what makes them and you tick.  Learn WHY you want to clean.  What makes you get a project done faster?  Is your child visual?  Would bins with pictures work for toys??  Or, is your husband a “dropper” …instead of trying for perfectly hung coats, maybe try hooks?  Are you a piler?  Maybe try to-do, file, shred piles instead of perfectly organized files?

Get what I am saying?  Understanding the way you and  your house functions and adapting to that will save you energy and exasperation!  If you’re wondering about your organizational style, go here for some info to help you out!

3. Find your style and use the crap out of it!

Once you figure out something that works…stick with it!!  Use it. In fact, abuse it!!  Nothing wrong with tweaking a system here and there.  But…don’t overhaul something that is working just because you think the grass is working on the other side.

I have seen this again and again!
So often we see someone else that looks like they have it all together and we try their schedules and chores.  Of course, we don’t see the whole picture.  Of course, what we are doing is working.  No…they look like they have it together and we get this crazy idea that they MUST be doing something better then us.  STUPID!

Sometimes this is true.

Especially if you are working on a specific area in your schedule or time management.  But mostly…we are just being insecure.  Get over it!!  They have their own stuff.  You just got to see the one thing they are managing well.  I guarantee there is somewhere else they aren’t doing so great!

Find what works for you and use it!!  Then work on something else.  Don’t revisit that unless it quits working.  You don’t have time for rehashing!!

Some examples of individuality at work in my home:

=>I work in short bursts. I can’t stand cleaning for long periods of time.  So, I take advantage of that and do multiple “blitzes” during the day.  15 minutes in the morning. 15 minutes at lunch. 15 minutes after work, and so on. and so on.

=>Because I work in short bursts I use the “10 things” method.  On a Saturday when I deem a room needs extra love I walk into and vow to put away 10 things that make a difference.  Sometimes I stop and promise to come back later and do it again.  But, most often I work a bit  longer.  Doing that multiple times in a day gets it done.  Yes, “just doing it” would be better.  But see…I wouldn’t. So, I trick myself.  And I fall for it…every time!

=>Because I don’t clean in large chunks I have rooms assigned to particular days.  Monday is money—bills.  Tuesday is bathrooms.  Wednesday is main areas (living room , dining room ,family room).  Thursday is kitchen and entries.  Friday is floors.  Saturday is kids rooms and catch-up.  Sunday is making a mess day .

Those are just some examples that I actually abuse my way of working.
Find yours…and run with it!!
Embrace your individuality and work within it!

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Marcia at organisingqueen.com

    September 17, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Love it!

  2. Inspire Me Heather

    September 13, 2012 at 9:27 am

    YES! Great post Janel, keepin’ it real!

    • miznelliebellie

      September 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you Heather!! Gotta keep it real…ya know!

  3. gwen

    September 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    You can do anything for 15 minutes…

  4. Bliss

    September 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I woke up on the cranky side today, so I assure you I am going to ___ the crap out of something today!


  5. Jessica Gosney Kielman

    September 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Well, ya hit this one out of the park too…I stand in my own way more often than not.

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