Wednesday, October 26, 2016

3 Tips For Time Management

There is never enough time to get it all done.  Most of us think that if we can just get this one project completed or the one task crossed off the to do list, then time will magically appear.  Unfortunately, that time never appears.  So many of us believe that if we can get past a certain point that time will open up and we will have more time to do other things.  What happens is that we get to the point and some other issue just replaces what we have just finished.

An example I see frequently is when mothers finally get the last child in school and believe they will have so much more time and everything they have ever wanted to accomplish will finally get done.  It never happens because they start volunteering a little at the school, extracurricular activities become a huge time consumer and time slips away.  The scrap booking project, or picture organizing become a task just out of reach.  Many of those projects have been on your mind for 2 or 3 years and just seem to be always put on the back burner.  
One tip to gain some more time is to take a look at all the incomplete projects and categorize them by importance.  Those with the least amount of importance should be let go and eliminated.  
The next  tip is to set a date and time to have those projects you have categorized as important to be completed.  Be realistic about the time and schedule times and days to work on them.  If you are unable to start it by the completion date, it is time to eliminate it and all items associated with the project.  
The last tip is to start a list of everything you do each day for a week.  Start from the time you wake up until you go to bed.  Everyone has specific tasks they do each day and once the process begins of writing them all down, you will see a pattern and more than likely a few tasks or steps you can take to free some of your time.  

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