time management

I have many interests, so I've had to create some discipline for how I manage my schedule.

Here are my time management tricks:

  1. Color code my calendar. Each appointment should be one of four colors - lola (most time is spent here), non-profit, self-improvement, and recreation / downtime.
  2. Every Monday morning, I review my upcoming week with my assistant to make sure things look in balance.
  3. Do Lola meetings between 10am-5pm, and nonprofit stuff before or after those times.
  4. Leave noon-2pm open every day for casual Lola work lunches for whatever comes up each day.
  5. Be mindful of what percentage of my meetings were initiated by me vs. requested from others. Try to keep a balance here of being proactive vs. just reactive.
  6. Trust my team. I do not need to be in every meeting or on every email chain.
  7. Do one touch email handling which keeps my inbox about ten items on average.
  8. Make sure I have at least a couple meetings each day which are super fun / high energy, e.g., Lola product design reviews.

What are your tricks?


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