Time Management for My Time Off
In 2000, my wife and I met and fell in love in Lofoten, a group of islands even further to the north from here. Later that year, I went to Oslo and lived with Kristin for 3 months. Kristin taught school then, just as she does now, so during the week I had the daytime to myself. That was the last time I had such an abundance of free time. Of course I don’t regret those 3 months in Oslo; but I did learn something about myself and free time: without time management, I get nothing done.
So you say, “It’s your year off, you dick! Why do you want to get anything done?” I have no defense. In 5 years, I want to look back at this time and say, “I’m glad I took advantage of all that free time and accomplished some meaningful things.” What are these meaningful things? They fall under 3 buckets:
Spending time with the children requires no time management, except to set aside the time and be present. For personal and professional goals, I want to do things that I don’t have the time to do when I’m working full time. That takes time management, and project management. For time management, I put together the calendar below. Green is family, orange is personal, and blue is professional.
For project management, I’m using scrum, a methodology my last company Kalido used to develop software. I’m doing weekly sprints. At the beginning of each week, I do sprint planning to decide what personal and professional work I’ll do for the week. At the end of the week, I’ll conduct a sprint review to assess the work done and make process adjustment.
As for roles, I’m the scrum master, the product owner, and the team.
Starting tomorrow, I’m going with this schedule. I have no idea how this will work out. I’ll report back in a week.