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Manage Yourself in No Time

Tips to Fit More Into Your Day

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  • I actually should have lots of time because I'm an empty nester but years of having a very full schedule has actually left me with a sort of "phantom urgency" about time. I am still stressed about using my new-found extra time wisely. This article gives me lots to think about--I may not need to stock up on lots of extra food now that there is only my husband and myself but I could be refocusing on stocking up on having the "right" food so we don't end up going out to a restaurant! And I still have projects I'd like to complete instead of just flopping down in front of the TV. This article has challenged me to come up with my own ideas for wise use of time. Thanks!
  • I like the article, and I also like your comment, Noosner. I'm great at multi-tasking, but the more I do it, the more overwhelmed I feel, and I know I'm not getting things done as well as I could, even if they are getting done quickly. I think prioritizing is one of the best ways to get over feeling overwhelmed. If I can finish my day with my "critical" list accomplished, I feel much more at ease.
  • It's also a good thing to simply stop from time to time and do absolutely nothing for ten minutes. It's one of life's paradoxes that the more we get done, the more we often find to do. I've found that cutting down on multitasking, rather than increasing it, has made me feel less stressed. Multitasking is one of women's strengths but it can make us feel over-responsible in a household. Focussing less on finishing things - for example starting several tasks rather than completing one - can help too.
  • I used to get frustrated when I was ready to leave but a family member was not. Now, I clean out a drawer or try to empty the dishwasher or some other task before they are ready. It helps me not to get annoyed, and I get some small task done in the meantime!
  • I typically always leave myself sticky-notes on the bathroom mirror or on folders for work! It's the only way I can remember anything.
  • We could all use to make better use of our time
  • Time Management - I don't have time for this.

    GW
  • It can be difficult to say no. But in reality, it is an answer and has saved me so much time. I especially like the alternative Not right now. Thanks for a great article.
  • These are some very good ideas . I will have to try them to see is they will help streamline my life.
  • LISALYNN44
    Multitasking is a good tip for some situations, but it can lead to feeling very stressed. It can also lead to not giving important things, like one's children, the full attention they need and deserve.
  • Very good article. I always have a hard time saying no. Everything has always been my responsibility......it's a hard "habit" to break.
  • The tips are great in this article. I try to stock up in order to save money but didn't realize how much time it also saves! I'm going to do a time audit of myself and improve my time management skills for 2008!

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