336: Time Management with Digital Calendaring // Kelly Nolan


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As moms, the juggle of our schedule and commitments and responsibilities is REAL, and if you’re anything like me, you might feel stressed out by it much of the time. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect productivity and time management system, but what if it could be as simple as just better utilizing the digital calendar on my phone? Today’s guest is going to teach us how to get more strategic and savvy with how we use our digital calendars, so we can go beyond just inputting appointments and start using this tool to help us manage our mental load!


Our guest is Kelly Nolan,  an attorney-turned-time management strategist, a mom of two little girls, and a wife to an ER doctor (so, she gets wild, ever-changing schedules). Kelly’s realistic time-management system, the Bright Method, has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, and her work has been published in Forbes, Fast Company, and Parents. 


I love a really practical and tactical episode like this, especially at this time of year when we are all itching to get organized and productive, so let’s dive in!



3 Takeaways from Kelly on Time Management using Digital Calendaring: 

  1. Use a digital calendar to ensure that your workload is doable. Digital calendars have that handy repeat-events function that allow us to easily and efficiently make our repetitive, invisible to-do’s visual. They also make it easy to drag to-dos or appointments to another time slot or day if our schedule gets derailed, AND it’s easy to share events with a partner or others who are helping us coordinate our lives.  When you get the to-dos out of your head and visually placed into a time slot in your day, you can more easily gauge whether your to-do list is realistic. This will help you to renegotiate with yourself with kindness because it will be easier to see that you have a  workload problem, not  a personal failing problem. 
  2. Use a digital calendar to schedule your to-do’s over time.   This will enable you to let them go until it’s time to do them, instead of letting them stare you down from a long to-do list. Once you get into the habit of doing this, your brain won’t feel like it has to hold on to everything, because it will trust the system you’ve developed for scheduling to-dos in the future.
  3. Use that digital calendar to actually enjoy your downtime. For moms, it can be hard to enjoy your soul-care time because in the back of your mind, you may be worrying that you won’t get everything done if you stop to read a book, or have lunch with a friend, or go to the gym. The buzz of the to-do list in the background can feel oppressive. But when you’ve made your schedule visual, so you know where everything fits in your day, and you’ve scheduled your important to-dos to be addressed overtime, you can rest easy knowing that everything will fit in the long term, even if you pause to take a breather right now. 


>>>Are these tips from Kelly helpful? What do you do to manage your time well? Tell us in the comments below.


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