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Top 5 Ways to Manage Your Time

There are many wise quotes concerning poor use of or wasting time. It’s something that everyone at one time or another has issues with, and usually alarm clockmuch more often than not.  With 24/7 access to distractions of the electronic sort, along with typical daily life, it’s very easy to lose track of time in today’s world. Not only are we out of sync with time passing, we’re also consumed with packing in as much as we can. Unfortunately, the result is that we accomplish much less than we think we do.

Like many of you, I could spend a full day, nearly everyday, just going through all the emails that come to me. Obviously, that’s not efficient use of time (unless you’re getting paid to do it?). The trick to time management is to simplify and prioritize. Now, I don’t want to diminish the detailed and lengthy articles and books written to help people get a handle on their time usage, but I’m a kind of “get to the point” kind of person. I’ve read several and skimmed many of them and it boils down to this:

 

  1. Think of what needs done ahead of time. Preferably do this the night before so you can get started first thing in the morning. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
  2. Prioritize. Get what needs your attention the most done as soon as possible. “The key is not to prioritize your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
  3. Write it down. Not only will it help you keep track of what needs done, but it will help you process your thoughts so you don’t miss anything. It’s also essential to keep you accountable. If it’s important enough to write down, it’s important enough to get done. It’s also very satisfying to check off your list through the day. “There are seven days in the week, and Someday isn’t one of them.” – Dr. Phil McGraw
  4. Stick to your schedule. Unless you have scheduled time to browse emails or look through your Facebook newsfeed, don’t do it. I set aside time to do it, myself, but I make sure to have something that requires my attention right afterwards, so I don’t end up spending more time than I scheduled.  “A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered to value of life.” – Charles Darwin
  5. Simplify. Become more efficient and productive by streamlining as much as you can. Do things well once, so you don’t have to go back and do it again. Organize your surroundings so you can do have things at the ready when needed. Work on saying ‘NO” to anything that doesn’t fit into your schedule. Someone else’s emergency usually isn’t one and rarely requires your immediate attention. “Don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important.” – Kay Yow

 

 

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