"Time slips through our hands like grains of sand, never to return again. Those who use time wisely are rewarded with rich, productive, satisfying lives." (Robin Sharma)
When I was a child and a young adult, I used to arrive early for everything. I was so well organized that I was rarely late for anything. However, once I had children, my life became busier. Now I find myself arriving on time or even a few minutes late. I try to pack too much into my day. If you are like me, here are some tips to help you manage your time well.
1. Make a to do list for the day, week, month. Prioritize your tasks from most to least important/urgent.
2. Balance urgent tasks with tasks that can be done gradually in your daily routine.
3. Focus on your most productive time of the day.
4. Manage your time in increments of 15, 30 or 45 minutes each.
5. Periodically (ideally every 45 minutes) take a break to refresh your mind and re-energize your body.
6. Keep track of your progress.
7. Reassess your to do list. Add or take away tasks. Delegate tasks.
8. Leave time for fun to refresh your mind and relax your body.
9. Sleep 7 to 9 hours per night to give you optimum alertness and energy.
10. Don't spread yourself too thin.j
11. Take advantage of small gaps of time between larger tasks to accomplish something. A few minutes here and there adds up to a big chunk of time. Note: When I first took part in Nanowrimo, writing a 50,000 novel in a month, I realized that I had to do this in order to meet my daily word count. It worked wonders!
12. Complete each task from beginning to end. Set "way points" where you reward yourself with something small once you have completed a big chunk of the task.
13. Give yourself a Planning Retreat where you spend a day planning your goals for the year. Visit http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/your-retreat-ebook?ap_id=sheilagregoire for more ideas.
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