Time Management Jelly Bean Style
For many of us, time is the holy grail. We never have enough time. We can't seem to find the time. There are days when trying to get a grip on time is like trying to get a cranky toddler to go to bed. It's a fight to a finish that is often less than spectacular. (Unless, of course, you're an outsider looking in.)
One of the fabulous female marketers that I follow online is so good at managing her time that I can count on a special Friday email every week - an email full of helpful, interesting and informative information. Some way, some how, she delivers a power packed roundup in spite of deadlines, holidays, family and all that stuff.
While enjoying her latest missive, I came across a video that puts time into perspective. I vaguely remember seeing it previously but this time I bookmarked it.
I've heard of several people who have taken the jelly bean idea and incorporated it into their business routine. One man puts a month worth of jelly beans into a jar. He uses only 3 colors: they represent great, okay and craptastic. At the end of each day, he chooses the color that best represents his business accomplishments for the day.
Sitting side by side on a shelf are the four jars: the month's ration of jelly beans, a jar for great days, a jar for okay days and a jar for those days you'd rather forget. At any time during the week (or month) he can take one look at those jars and see a visual representation of what he is or is not accomplishing.
Has he been spending too much time loafing and not enough time working? Has he had an all work and no play week? He noted that sometimes, if he's having a not so good day, he is suddenly motivated just to avoid having to choose the "yucky" day" bean come quitting time.
While I think it is an interesting idea, it wouldn't work at my house. I'd eat the jelly beans. I'd have absolutely nothing to show for my time spent working. And I'd have four more things to load in the dishwasher.
I watched the jelly bean video a couple of times. It's both interesting and depressing - especially if you have been on earth long enough to have already used up more than half the beans.
What do you think? Is your jelly bean jar half-full or half-empty?