February has been designated as Time Management Month. There are 86,400 seconds in a 24-hour day, and the only way to save time is to waste less time. Make time your friend, not your enemy, and treasure every moment that you have and use it well.
Thereís an old saying: ďYesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. Thatís why itís called the present!Ē
The next time you say to yourself that you canít spare a minute, itís time to collect your thoughts and re-evaluate how you can work smarter so that you have plenty of time to reach your goals and dreams.
14 Top Time Management Tips
- Multi-task. Do two or more things at once. Exercise while watching the news on TV. Sew on a button while waiting for a pot to boil.
- Get the worst over with first. As a kid, I hated green beans so I always ate them first to get them out of the way and I could enjoy the rest of my meal. Do the difficult jobs first and the rest will be smooth sailing.
- Have a family calendar where everyone can see it and add important events to it.
- Stop waiting in line. Save time and gas and make your purchases on the Internet.
- Open mail over the recycling container and get rid of all the junk mail immediately.
- Set goals and deadlines and write them down. Know what you have to do and attach deadlines to those tasks.
- Set up a bill paying area. Keep all your bill paying supplies (a calculator, your checkbook, pens, pencils, stamps, envelopes, address labels) in one specific place.
- Get ready the night before. Set the breakfast table, lay out your clothes and your kidsí clothes, have the coffeepot start automatically by using the timer.
- Keep a tote bag near the door that you use to exit your home. Put everything into it that you need for the next day so you can just grab and go.
- Book while youíre there. Whenever you visit your doctor, dentist or hairdresser, bring your date book and book the next appointment before you leave the office.
- Say No. You donít have to say yes to every single request for your help. Choose wisely and donít over-schedule you or your kids.
- Break big jobs into see small manageable parts. Then be determined to complete one of those tasks. Make each task something you can do in 15 minutes or less in order to give yourself a sense of accomplishment.
- If youíre always running late, set your watch ahead 15 minutes. It's a great way to achieve time management!
- Donít wait until you wake up to look at your calendar. Look at it the night before so you know whatís coming up. Then, just glance at it in the morning to double-check your schedule.
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