Time Management: A Scatterbrain’s Guide

What words can you associate with the word time? Schedules, deadlines, urgent, and so on. It is dreadful isn’t it? But positively, time is gold—precious and valuable to everyone. It feels relaxing if you have plenty of it, right?

A person who manages his time effectively is said to be the most productive people, do you guys also agree with that? Yes? Yes. But there are also people who do have so many tasks at hand and jotting them down feels time consuming. Raise yo’ hands up, if you’re with me!

That’s why we have to manage this gift of time. I have some tips for scatterbrains like me to somehow, have a hold of this precious gold. Uy, rhyme.

What do I do now? 😫


TIP #1


Stop. Take a deep breath. Inhale, exhale. Good. Worrying won’t do you any good. This will just worsen the situation. So relax a little. It is always better to start in a blank slate.

Now be steady, this will be quite lengthy.

TIP #2


What do I really need to do vs. What do I want to do

Separate work from your personal life and vice versa. There’s a time for everything that we need and want, this is why we are planning.

  • Think of the tasks you need to accomplish in a day.
  • Think of the tasks you need to do today in order to accomplish it in a specified time frame.
  • Think of the things you need to bring/remember in order to fully accomplish those tasks.
  • Plan ahead for those things that cannot be moved and those that can be done a little later.
  • Plan for your office works, personal errands, social events, and leisure activities.
  • Set plan Bs and Cs in case of emergency. Just to be sure.

Jot them down! You don’t want to miss a thing, do you?
You can set it weekly or monthly so that you can foresee glitches and amend it ASAP.

TIP #3


You should finish that today vs. I have to do this today

Is it your boss that should give you deadlines? No dear! It should be yourself. Give yourself a deadline. Your deadlines should be realistic and achievable. So you can avoid cramming. Ouch! Guilty.

You should not wait for your boss to update you everytime. You’ll earn more credits if you’ve done tasks ahead of time. It will also prove that you’re efficient and worth of your salary. Who knows, you might get that promotion. *Gasps!*

TIP #4


Can you please do this vs. Can I do this

This is not in my plan nor in my list! Learn to say “NO”. My name is no, my sign is no, my number is no, you’ve gotta let it go.

Sometimes there are tasks that were given to us that is not really in the scope of our capability. This won’t mean you are incompetent. No! There are just tasks that requires expertise. You can delegate the responsibility to someone who is more knowledgeable in the field. But this should not stop you from learning new things. Aye!

If you have too much at hand or the plan overlaps, you can ask for some call a friend or rescue 911. You cannot do all things at once. Let others do their share.
Remember: You’re a human, not a machine nor a superhuman. Ding ang bato, Darna!

TIP #5


What is important vs. What is urgent vs. Is it both?

Prioritize things. Alin, alin, alin ang naiba. Plot things as to how it is needed and how much time you can spend to it. As I’ve said, there’s a time-a right one, for everything.

It is not now or never. Does not mean that you can finish it today, you will do it today. What if you still have pending things to do that requires this specific time to meet the earlier deadline, would you sacrifice it? No. Can you not?

Don’t be a risk taker in planning. Be a sure winner. This is the very reason why you are planning! To get the best results. Oh di ba? Winner!

“Time and tide wait for no man.” — so plan!

 After planning what’s next? 😕


TIP #1


This is what we can achieve in planning. Do you really believe you could store it all in your memory and remember all of it at once? No, of course not. So whether you like it or not, you have to somehow sit properly and jot it down.

You can use planners, organizers, table top calendars to remind you these important things. Using these materials will also train your artistic skills in writing. Dual purpose, more time for others. And to make it more portable, you can use that reminder app in your phone. Be the secretary of yourself.

TIP #2


Part of being organized is keeping your “safe haven at work” clean and tidy. They say that the person with the most clutter desk is the one who changes their mind often. Hey watch out!

Tidy that pile of papers and put them in folders and file in your cabinets so that no file would be missing. It will save you time in rummaging all the piles to locate needed documents. It will also elicit that clean and nice work place to give you a little boost to work everyday. Be the janitor of your own space.

TIP #3


Stop asking your workmate about another workmate who passed the resignation a while ago. Stop being a gossipmonger. Do not gossip around and then tell everyone you need more time to finish your work. If you can see people doing that yet they excel in their jobs, you can excel without being like them.

You have extra more time? Go use it. But if you’re at work doing nothing or worse just playing, better yet stay at home and sleep.

Always put in mind that you work for your worth.

TIP #4


Do not put hokus in focus. You have the materials to remind you of the things that needs to be done. But it does not mean it would stay stagnant as a plan. MOVE! You are at work, you have so much to do, focus at work. Focus on the matters that needs to be attended to. One at a time in order for you to finish what you’ve started. That’s why you plan, to make time for everything one by one. Fo-fo-Focus on me.

Focus = No wasted time = Efficient work = Effective time management = Effective planning

“Wasted time is worse than wasted money.” — Remember that, honey.

So there you go guys! Thank you for reading. Just remember, use your time wisely. 😉

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Nature Working

(I had a busy schedule as always, this is overdue I know. So for my lovely passersby, here you go. Happy reading!)

Opportunities come and go. But when an opportunity came by your desk ready for you to fill, grab that paper and sign in.

Look where it took me, again!


Since I am with my lovely workmates, no extreme adventures for us. Also we only have limited time (meaning a day-24 hours) so we need to go to these places in a hurry. Run, run baby!

This will be short but full of scenic pictures just to make you feel the serenity I felt when I was there. So look closely guys. wink wink

🌲 Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto 🌲

Located on a high hill in the western part of the city is a Catholic shrine and place of meditation where you will find an image of Our Lady of Lourdes.

🌲 Tam-awan Village (Garden in the Sky) 🌲

The Tam-Awan Village is found in the northwestern part of the city. The village represents the culture of Baguio. It showcases the different types of houses that the Igorots built. Since the landscape of Baguio is steep and uphill, roaming around can be quite exhilarating. But the huts can be a perfect place for a quick rest before moving on to the next hut.

When we were there, the steps were slippery because of the rainwater the day before our trip. So we decided not to finish the uphill walk to avoid further accidents.

🌲 Bell Church 🌲

It is located north of the downtown area of Baguio along the road leading to the town of La Trinidad, Benguet. Within its compound are intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons; as well as a pagoda, and beautifully landscaped gardens. There are some artifacts about Buddhism that you will find at the Bell Church as well as some literature about the history of China.

Chika Alert: I love taking pictures of flowers. I really find it amazing how they grow in such awesome colors. 🌼

🌲 Baguio Botanical Garden 🌲

It is also known as the Igorot Village, the Botanical Garden features native huts typical of the type of Igorot dwellings found in the Cordilleras. The village is said to capture the ethnic spirit and cultural legacy of the Igorots and being tranquil and quiet, it is a nice place to just sit down and relax, take a leisurely stroll along its narrow and winding pathways and also enjoy the landscape where you will find numerous plants and trees.

There are Igorots at the entrance who were so willing to take a picture with you but of course it comes with a fee. When we were there they’re asking for Php 50.00/ person.

🌲 Mines View Park 🌲

Lo and behold! There is an observatory deck here that will give you the spectacular panoramic view of Benguet’s mountain ranges.

I advise goers to bring a jacket or cardigan to cover you up. The breeze can get chilly even at noon time. 


Landscape at Baguio


🌲 Strawberry Farm 🌲

Due to inclement weather before our trip, there were no ripe strawberries available for picking. But luckily there were available looseleaf lettuces, Romaine lettuces and potatoes, to choose from and they are perfect to use for salads.

Another thing, you’ve got to taste their Strawberry ice cream! Nothing is as sweet as theirs! Everytime I go to Baguio there were two delicacies I shouldn’t miss, their Strawberry ice cream and Strawberry taho! YUM!


Strawberry Farm


Most importantly, take a moment to relax, enjoy every trip and taste the culture of each mesmerizing destination.


Most descriptions came from this site: http://www.cityofpines.com/

Lovelots, Maye