Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Secrets to Time Management

When I was in grade school  I had a best friend who use to time my every activity.  She used to time how long it took me to ride my bike to her house, how long it took us to finish baking a cake, play Monopoly etc.  I learned that it was important to keep track of my time.  I still do this practice daily.  It helps me be realistic about how long it takes me to finish a given task.  I would suggest this as a good time-management technique.  Get in the habit of timing yourself, choose your activities wisely and take responsibility for your actions.  If you are always late, stop blaming the traffic and your kids.  Plan ahead and time yourself.  Decide when to say "no" and which activities you want to take on.
Time Management Essentials

It is important to know your strengths and weaknesses.  Can you perform a task on short notice?  Do you need help to choose what is important to do each and every day.  Sit down and write out your most important and urgent task to do each day.  Which ones are realistic and manageable?.  Are you writing too many things on your to-do list?  Can you finish your task and errands on time?   Where should you delegate and when should you just say "no."

Solutions and Suggestions for Good Time Management
Number one solution is to identity your goals and priorities.  What is our mission statement?  What do you want your family to value and respect?  Do you need to de-clutter your space and organize your home in order to have good time management skills?  Is your clutter preventing you from being on time?  Are you wasting time using all the technology the world has set before you?  Should you be texting, answering emails and using social media throughout the day instead of getting things done?  Can you use a planner/calendar to schedule your activities and "to do's"  efficiently?  Start planning and scheduling what is important and meaningful for you each day.

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