The Best Time Management Systems Are

The ones that work for you.

Julie Kenny
6 min readApr 23, 2024
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We are all different, and when it comes to finding the systems that work for us, it’s often trial and error to find the best ones. Time management is no different.

I often see time management as the miracle cure for a busy life. I attempt to fit an increasingly greater amount of activity into the same or less amount of time. It doesn’t work because I can’t just do more in less time, no matter how hard I try.

Below is the time management system I have set up to fit my work style.


I choose to spend time every morning journalling. I wrap up my session by writing out a list of things I need to do. Regularly capturing tasks helps keep me from worrying I’ll forget something important.

I check this list on a regular basis during the day. This is so I can put a line through the tasks I complete and ensure I’m doing the higher-priority ones and not just the ones I’d prefer to do.

Brainstorm and capture all tasks.

But sometimes I need a little bit more or to restart the system. I came home from the holidays and had a busy week ahead with many leftover tasks. Thinking about everything whirling around my brain, it was easy to feel…