Monday, December 13, 2010

Do you need more than 24 hours in a DAY!!!

One of the greatest challenges many people face in their personal lives is that there never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything they need to do, let alone finding time for things they want to do, especially around Christmas time.

I have always envied those who are able to successfully fit work, family, personal, and other activities into their lives, with no problems... (Though it seems.) In reality we all have the same 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. But it’s how we choose to spend that time that makes all the difference.

To develop a time management system that will work for you, it’s helpful to write down a plan to help you compare the way you are currently living your life with the way you would like it to be.

Find the obstacles that are preventing you from managing your time wisely.

Here are 8 great suggestions by Janet Barclay…

1.-Organize your space and paper so you don’t waste time looking for what you need.
2.-Eliminate interruptions by closing your office door and letting telephone calls go to voice mail.
3.-Be prepared with reading material or small tasks you can complete while waiting for people or in line.
4.-Get tasks you find distasteful or overwhelming out of the way first. Better yet, consider delegating them to someone else.
5.-Set personal and professional goals to help you identify your priorities.
6.-Learn to say “no” and to focus on what’s important to achieving your goals.
7.-Find a calendar system you’re comfortable with, and use it for all your activities.
8.-Build flexibility into your schedule to accommodate the unexpected.

Don’t try to do all of these things at once! Changes to the way you manage your time should be implemented one at a time. Just like any other life changes, if you try to make too many at one time, you’re apt to get overwhelmed and discouraged..

Effective time management doesn’t happen overnight, but by determining what changes are needed and incorporating them into your lifestyle, you can take control of your time, instead of letting it control you.

Homework: Organize your stack of papers that are sitting on your counter (I know you all have one,) and find a home for them.

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