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  • lively discussion and not much I could argue with! I know the intense pressure I got when multitasking became a lifestyle.... it was almost a compulsion to find ways to get a bunch of things done at the same time. That being said, I also learned that with the higher level of stress, less got done RIGHT, even to a lower standard. I burned food while doing other things, forgot to get back to things that couldn't wait, and timing was always not what I thought it would be. my only relief was to physically remove myself for "me time" and while the brain was still perking with the to do list, at least the body was elsewhere. What recent changes in my life which compelled me to multitask also brought, was a lesson that we need to use what time we have thoughtfully and purposefully.
  • This is a very useful article, thanks! But I have to disagree a little bit on one point. When you hoard a lot of food from the store, there will be people who come after you who WILL NOT be able to find enough food to eat. I mean, they can make substitutions usually, but the store will be running out of what you like if you shop for months in advance. That's not really right. You can stock up, but try to do it more gradually. Like, shop weekly, and get a little extra each time. Perhaps you're talking about a store like Costco, which has a lot of goods in huge, multiple packages. I find that I spend less money if I try to limit the amount of things I buy in one visit. So I end up having to go shopping more than before, but I think it's nice to get out of the house, and walking around the store is exercise.
  • THENUNN61
    as an long term multitasker I have to say DON'T..it's no way to enjoy life ! I now do only one thing at a time and if I feel like doing something different to that which I had planned,then I change my plans (if I can) no point in doing something you don't want to ,its like bashing your head against a wall and generally makes for a bad job..far better to alter the plan and come back to it when it feels right. I think we all need 'me time' and if you plan this too much it is not really 'me time',is it ?the essence of me time is to do what we feel like at the time we feel like it.
  • or this

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story
    .php?storyId=95256794
  • I used to multitask all the time until I realized that it's actually NOT good for you. Then I found this article and loved it.
    http://zenhabits.net/how-not-to-multitas
    k-work-simpler-and/

    it says it all and works much better than the SP article.
  • I am not a fan of so-called "multi-tasking". For me it creates stress and produces an inferior product. Now stocking up, grouping trips/appointments, playing around with To Do Lists and/or calendars 'til you find something that works happily for you ~ these are useful tips.
  • I agree with several others commenters that there is something a bit frantic about the time management strategies suggested here. In some instances time management IS about fitting 20 hours of work into 16 or 17 waking hours, but much of the time we can improve time management by reducing the number of unnecessary activities we are expecting ourselves to complete. And also there is something very important psychologically about being in the moment when doing certain activities. I know multitasking can be harmful to my well-being, so I'm guessing that applies to others as well who don't like the hectic feeling of always having to be getting as much done as humanly possible.
  • K_RENEE
    I agree with what someone posted about this article being a little busy. I'd stress out thinking about how I'm wasting time not always doing something. I do need to work on time management, but I think having time to relax and re-group is important too. Working hard should be a part of all our lives, but we don't always have to be go-go-go.
  • found this article a little bit to busy for me, i think i would get stressed out about not having something on my list of things i need to make a list of to do. does'nt work for me getting more shoping in than you actually need, leads to over eating and waste because its gone off
  • SHOEGIRL140
    Excellent article. I can learn a lot from it, but I have to remember that too much multi tasking leads to stress.
  • SOARINGPHOENIX
    This works well with Chalene Johnson's advice from the 30 day challenge I did. However instead of saying no she said to say Thank you for thinking of me. Let me check my schedule.
  • I agree with Azure-Sky comments! Reading this article pretty much just reiterated that I manage most of my time quite well! Mulit tasking just seems to come naturally for most women I know, now my husband, that's a different story! lol I can't tell you how many times he has said that he can only do and think about one thing at a time!!
  • J-HALL
    Not much new here.
  • Frankly, I'm sick of being told to multitask. I multitask all the time (even now), and find it makes me anxious. I'm sure everything is handled better by taking time to breathe!
  • AZURE-SKY
    There are some good tips in the article, but the author left out the most important one.

    PRIORITIZE!!! It's easy to fill up a day with non-essential tasks, while putting off the important ones (especially if we don't like to do them). I learned this a long time ago when attending a time management class. Take your to-do list and identify which ones have to be done today. Those are "A" priorities. If there's more than one A, decide which one has to be done first - that one is A1. Then go down the list until you get the As done, & do the same for the rest of the items.

    You'll often find that the tasks that fall to the bottom of the list aren't important at all, and it doesn't matter if they get done.

    Another thing the author did not mention was DELEGATE! You don't have to do everything. Teach your kids to put their own toys away and put their dirty clothes in the hamper. If they're old enough, they can set the table, load the dishwasher, fold their clothes, get their clothes ready for school the next day, etc.

    Personally, I think time spent supervising baths and homework should be spent focusing on the child, not cleaning cabinets. The cabinets can wait.

    Another tip - let the answering machine/voicemail screen calls & turn off your cell phone during family time, dinner prep time. You don't have to stop everything to answer a phone call from someone you talked to 2 hours ago.

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