1. Know what’s important to you. Figure out your values and your vision.
2. Start delegating to family members, co-workers, professionals, and teenagers needing extra money.
3. Learn to say no to what is not in your mission or your values.
4. Let go of perfectionism. Not everything has to be done perfectly and some things are out of your control.
5. Listen to audio tapes or mp3’s during your commute or household tasks.
6. Use a planner or PDA that includes a daily to do list, a weekly calendar, a monthly calendar, a listing of projects, telephone numbers and important information.
7. Empty out your planner of the clutter and junk. Put the little pieces of paper in an in-box to go through in your weekly planning session.
8. Keep your planner with you at all times.
9. Do not keep a bunch of calendars around. Use only one so everything is in one place.
10. Keep a master list of all the things you need to do, call, see, write, etc. Don’t use post-it notes all over. They seem to get lost.
11. Answer routine letters by answering them on the original. Photocopy your message for your own files then send off the original.
12. Cut down on TV time. Plan your TV time so you only watch the shows you really wanted to see. If you are watching, clean during commercials or sew while viewing.
13. Look at your schedule and lay out all the things you need for the next day, the night before.
14. Tidy your desk before you leave work so it will be clean for the next session.
15. Try to spend time on planning and important things so you are not always “putting out fires.”
16. Use a timer to keep you from spending too much time on one thing or to challenge you when you are cleaning.
17. Relax when you are relaxing and work when you are working.
18. Make goals and rewrite goals every few months, so you have a focus.
19. Clear the clutter from your desk.
20. Go through your files once a year to get rid of paper you no longer need. Saves space and time. Or go through a file each time you put something in it, to keep your files current.
21. Get rid of things that don’t work, especially pens. Save yourself some frustration.
22. Start with the worst item on your to do list. Everything else will be a piece of cake. You also won’t be thinking and dreading it while doing other tasks. Procrastination sucks out your energy.
23. Be sure to bring things to do like reading, writing a letter, paying bills etc., when you know you will have to wait someplace.
24. A couple of times a year, keep a time log. Jot down everything you do for a day or two. Then examine where your time does not match what is important to you.
It’s your life. If you don’t manage your time, other people will manage it for you.
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