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Manage Yourself in No Time

Tips to Fit More Into Your Day

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  • 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.
  • AFITONE
    Thanks for the useful reminders.
  • Anything is worth a try to improve my productivity. 21 days to make a habit I gotta start somewhere and see what happens. I liked the points made here. Thank you
  • Is it just me, or does that make life sound overwhelmingly busy?!
  • IREMEMBERME
    Some good pointers there!
  • a lot of good advice... and some unrealistic stuff too most people I know couldn't afford 3 months worth of groceries, wouldn't have room to store them, and wouldn't remember what they had.. 2-3 weeks is more realistic...
  • Don't waste waiting time, Multi-task when feasible... These get me into mindless binge eating mode!
  • Procrastination is my biggest demon which I battle with...It's all about the baby steps!
  • KEMCNAIR
    I just started a full-time job, and I think it's going to be a while before I can get my rhythm going and work out a different routine. This was some good advice!
  • I have a lot of trouble saying no, and I just also put this in practice two weeks ago. I had four different events to go to two saturdays ago (bbq's, happy hours, etc) and I was very overwhelmed with having to make it to some of them. I decided not to stress about it, and stayed home instead. I did some homework during the day and was able to relax with my boyfriend that night and watch a movie. It was much better than having to rush to this place then that place and not enjoying any of the places due to the time constraints. I will need to learn to say no more often to plans, I always feel stressed because I have at least one thing every weekend (lots of birthdays in my family)
  • Another great challenge: Turn the TV off . Magically have at least 10 hours a week to do other things.
  • The best advice I ever got was this: You do not have time for anything. You MAKE time for what is important to you.

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