Time Management: I’ve Heard It All Before – Is It Still Relevant?

Time Management: I’ve Heard It All Before – Is It Still Relevant?

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Time management has been written and discussed for years. What can I say that probably already hasn’t been said? Not very much. But I can tell you my story and how I manage my time. I can also share with you tips that I use with my clients to effectively manage their time. Even though a lot has been written on the subject all of the tips and information out there are still effective and useful for everyday use. Just applying one tip can dramatically change how you manage your time.

My Story…

Because I run several businesses and have a children, I must be really on top of my management of time skills. A few things that I use to stay organized is to say NO to things that I am not absolutely passionate about. I used to overbook myself, but learned that by saying no has freed up valuable time to do other things that I enjoy and mean the most to me; like time with family. I also schedule in me time. This is so important because in today’s world it is easy for you to forget to pamper yourself and take time out for yourself. I am big on goal setting and planning. I write down goals that I want to accomplish every year with tasks to reach that goal and deadlines. I put it over my desk and planner so that I can always know where I am headed. I also set aside a day each week to plan out my week. You can do this nightly or weekly or monthly. It just depends on your preference.

I have clients who plan a week and some who plan a month. Personal preference is the key. I also keep a paper calendar and use my smart phone for taking with me on the go. I make sure to sync everything at night. If morning is better for you do that.

Managing your time does not have to be a hassle. Simple steps and changes can free up valuable time to spend with friends and family or with yourself.

6 Time Management Tips To Get Started:

  1. Delegate what you can’t do and do what you can.
  2. Use email and voicemail when possible to relay your message. This saves time from getting into long conversations.
  3. Set a time limit for reading and responding to email, say 15-20 minutes.
  4. Schedule tasks in your planner or smart phone that help you get closer to completing your goals.
  5. Schedule time for yourself!
  6. Say NO!

 

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  
Sunday Musings: Making A Plan

Sunday Musings: Making A Plan

As I take time this Sunday to read and relax, I am reminded that it is true that if you don’t plan then you plan to fail. The only way for things to get done with me is to actually carve out time to do it.

I have so many things that never get done or finished because I don’t take time to do it. So this Sunday, I am taking time to plan my posts and projects for next week that I want to get finished.

What will you take time to plan out today? Let me know below!

7 Tips for a Smooth Organized Morning Routine

Organized Morning Routine

Would you like to feel more in control of your day? Developing a morning routine that will boost your productivity can help you stay on top of your commitments all day. Many people benefit from rising early and following a set routine every morning. This may be hard for some, but it might be just what you need to feel more in control of your daily life.

Use these tips when developing a morning routine for yourself:

  1. Avoid making too drastic of a change. Begin the process slowly. Start by waking up just 15 minutes earlier than you normally would. Allow yourself to get used to this over a few days to a week. After that increase the time by 15 to 30 minutes until you are finally at your target wake-up time.
  2. Allow yourself to go to sleep earlier. Staying up too late when you’re trying to get up earlier will have negative consequences. Believe me I know. I’m a night owl and have to make myself go to bed every night. I actually have an alarm on my phone that tells me it’s time to go to bed  which is helpful when you are working on something and lose track of time.
  3. Keep your alarm clock away from your bed. If you keep your alarm clock close to your bed, you’ll hit the snooze button and destroy your chances of getting used to a new morning routine. Keep your alarm clock far enough away from your bed so that you have to  get out of bed to cut it off. And when you do that make sure you don’t  climb back under the covers.
  4. Leave the bedroom as soon as your alarm wakes you. Avoid rationalizing going back to bed. I have to say that when I don’t just go ahead and make the bed and leave out I am more tempted to get back in the bed and put off getting up. If you work from home this can be really unproductive. Make yourself leave the room. Once you are out of the room and have started getting ready for work you are less likely to go back and lay down.
  5. Have your routine mapped out ahead of time. Plan something important to do first thing in the morning. If you have a specific task to do early in the morning, then this will motivate you to wake up and get going.
  6. Follow the same morning routine daily. If you practice the same basic steps every day, you’ll form a habit that will become second nature and make your morning easier.
  7. Take advantage of your extra time. Don’t wake up earlier than usual just so you can lounge around. Avoid wasting this extra time that you’ve created in your schedule. Use it to get a jump on your day, doing tasks that are best done in the early morning, such as reading, writing, and planning for the day.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide the best choice for you when developing an early morning routine. These 7 tips  should help you make the right decisions and form a strong foundation for your new morning routine. When you set up a good morning routine, it will drive your productivity throughout the day.
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My Top Productivity Apps 2013

My Top Productivity Apps 2013

Getting REAL About Information Overload

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The other day I was reading a post by Carrie Greene called Are Your Gaps Full?. This post really hit home for me because I am right in the middle of trying to reposition my business endeavors and take more online courses and other things. I have to admit I am getting a little bit overwhelmed.

But this article reminded me to step back and really look at what I am trying to do and cut out things that I really don’t need to do to get to where I want to go.

I think we are all bombarded with so many webinars, seminars and ebooks to boost our business that we don’t know where to start. I know I get “paralysis by analysis” too. If we truly want to succeed we need to choose to do those things that help us toward our goals and that are necessary and leave the rest alone. Like Carrie says there is always more to learn and do.

How will you cut down on all of the information out there now? What will you choose to do and not to do? Now is the time to take inventory of your business to do list. Just remember is you have a lot of things that you know but never have time to use then you have nothing.

Until next time…

 

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