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10 Easy Time Management Tips

by Barbara Collins-Myers

Many people mistakenly believe that time management is about squeezing more tasks and activities into a day.

Time management is actually about getting the important things done. It's also about learning to do things efficiently so you can ultimately accomplish more. Here how:

1. Focus. On a sticky note, write the important things in your life you need to focus on today. At home, attach it to your refrigerator. At work, stick it on your computer monitor. As projects come ad go, you'll need to modify the list.

2. Write it down. If your head is full of clutter, you won't get as much done. "Scatterbrain Syndrome" is caused by too much data floating around in your head. Cure it by writing in a spiral notebook everything you need to do. If you're working on a task and something else pops into your head, write it down in the notebook.

3. Keep a daily to-do list. Write down the 12 most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow.

4. Make a daily schedule. You'll be more efficient. Look at tomorrow's appointments and meetings. Mark those beginning to end times in your calendar. Then review your to-do list and schedule time for your to-do's. Remember, only schedule 70% of your day. The other 30% will be filled with interruptions and emergencies.

5. Delegate. This is the most underused time management tool today. Look at your to-do list after you write it and ask yourself what you can delegate. Consider hiring college students for small tasks. Barter activities with neighbors and co-workers. Teach your kids life skills and enlist their help on a daily basis.

6. Multi-task the details. While it's important to focus on projects, it's also efficient to take care of simple tasks simultaneously. Cook dinner while returning phone calls. File while watching TV. Check your e-mail while listening to voice mail messages.

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About The Author
Free "50 Ways to Manage Your Time" tips booklet. Visit http://www.ineedmoretime.com

Copyright 2002-2003 Barbara Collins-Myers. All rights reserved.
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