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Maps as an aid to planning
I usually draw these maps in a spider's web format. It is easier to see how the parts interact. However, my computer skills are not yet up to this. I have redrawn them in a table form..
The map, below, will help you become more aware of what you want to do with your time and where you could get some help. The second map will help you decide how you want to manage your time in the future and give useful ideas on how to progress. These maps are very powerful tools. You will get the best out of them if you discuss your ideas with colleague(s) who can help you explore the implications and decide what to do.
This is a hypothetical Time Planning map with two segment completed
Completing Time Planning Maps
In the left hand column or central circle, above, write your name. The next segments contain the major demands on your time. It is usually helpful to include things from outside work too. The next segments are what you would like to stop and start doing with each demand. Write in the final ring what the organisation could gain from these changes and who could help you with them. You won't have to do it all on your own.
The future map, below, should be written for a time a reasonable distance in the future, six months to two years is best. The information required should be obvious from the charts. When you use the two maps together, don't be too ambitious, pick one demand to work on first and consider small steps that you can take to improve matters. Later, you can tackle the world.
If you can find someone who will listen to you, talk about what you are going to do. This will help you clarify your thoughts and increase your motivation to act.
An example of a Future Map
With thanks to Chris Bull who first suggested this approach.
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