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Time management - Who's counting anyway?

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM Comments comments (1)
Accomplishing goals in a timely manner is a balancing act for most, and more often than not the scales aren't  tipped in our favor.  Think about it; if you were to rate yourself, would you say that you use your time efficiently: 
- Always?
- Most of the time?
- Some of the time?
- Never?

Depending on your response, you may not be struggling to "Keep up," and that's great!  On the flip side, you may be feeling like there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish all that you want.  In this case you'll need to identify where the inefficiencies are(lost time), and learn to manage yourself by looking  inward and focus on things that matter to you.

For more balance and productivity in aspects of your life, let's look at how time wasters impact you life negatively,  and how you can  address them for more effectiveness:

Poor task management
Creating action-oriented lists enables for proper planning, and gets you to "commit all the details" on paper.  This way, the probability that your memory will "let you down" is minimized.  Not planning at all/ahead may result in unclear definition of what needs to be done, unnecessary repeating of tasks, and a poor estimation of time that should be spent on each.  
 
Interruptions
Minimize or avoid unplanned interruptions/distractions (phone calls/emails/internet, social media/ visitors) on your time whilst working,  so that you can maintain focus on what's important.  Scheduling specific time frames for different activities i.e. family vs work  is a good way to establish this.

Taking on too much
Not saying no, and helping everyone who requests you to, is not beneficial to you or others around you. Learning to set clearly defined boundaries, sticking to them  and only accepting what you can dedicate yourself to 100% creates the best output.  

Lack of delegation
Trying to accomplish everything on your own because you don't think anyone else can do it as well as you can?  Give yourself the gift of time and concentrate on what really matters to you (growing your business, improving your work-life balance, becoming more productive etc).  Learn to trust in others and their abilities, and delegate whenever possible - especially whatever is routine/basic. 

So who's counting anyway?  At the end of the day, the choice is yours to make.  Hopefully, you will be inspired to start the process of stemming the time drain!  Remember, you don't have to tackle everything at once - a step at a time is often enough to start a positive wave. 







Be Inspired

Posted on August 20, 2011 at 12:48 AM Comments comments (0)
Last time I checked, summer was just beginning and now, it's coming to an end or already has (according to Airline speak, summer ends on Aug 23rd)!  Given the longer daylight hours, has it been all play or have you managed to pull off the right balance between work and play?  Whatever the case may be, how do you stay/get inspired to work on your at-home organizing projects?

With the temperatures being what they have been i.e. long sultry days, I can see how tempting it would be to chill out and avoid working on say a garage, attic or outdoor project!  If this has been your goal, and you still haven't got around to it, or you have but just couldn't get past the heat then try and plan for an early start (when temperatures are cooler).  However, if this is not possible, set up a cooling and hydrating station where you can take a break as needed, and marshal the forces of friends or other family members to help out - after all, many hands make light work!  Also, ensure that all your supplies are on hand in order to avoid the irritation that comes with not being able to find what you need when you need it, and to avoid the disruption of your work flow.

On the other hand, if the day is lovely, why would you want to spend it  indoors, right?  Rather than fighting that feeling, go outside and commune with nature (whatever this means to you).  Feed your spirit and allow your inner engine to be revved up!  You may be surprised to find that your "hiatus" has puts a positive spin on what previously seemed challenging or uninspiring. Therefore, roll up your sleeves and get to work - a balanced space = a balanced mind!

As summer wraps up, enjoy what's left of it, but do what needs-to and must-be done.


One, two, three

Posted on April 29, 2011 at 1:08 AM Comments comments (0)
... four, five, once you caught the Organizing Bug!  Six, seven, eight, nine ten, and then you let it go away - Why did you let it go?  Because it (fill in the blanks):
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Are the answers you've just supplied valid reasons or excuses?  And if they are just that (i.e. excuses), how then do you go about bringing balance in both your personal and professional life?  

As a guideline to get you started, try answering the following questions:

  1. How are you managing your time?
  2. Have you set up realistic expectations for yourself?
  3. Are you making smart choices?
  4. Do you respect the boundaries you set up for yourself? Do others?
  5. What's holding you back?