to Manage Your Time
to Manage Your Time
Computers and the Internet were
supposed to make life easier; instead,
people are busier than ever. Whether
you are single or juggling family
responsibilities, learn to manage
your time to get as much as you
can out of each day.
1. Create a schedule or to-do list.
Write down deadlines for accomplishing
2. Plan to tackle difficult projects
at the times of day when you are
3. Schedule time for people, including
yourself. Create some personal time
by waking up half an hour earlier
or going to bed half an hour later
than usual; plan a weekly date with
your spouse, or arrange to have
lunch with friends.
4. Prioritize what you need to accomplish.
"Pareto's principle" states
that 80 percent of your accomplishments
come from 20 percent of your efforts,
so think strategically: Locate and
isolate this valuable 20 percent,
then focus your efforts on the tasks
that promise the greatest rewards.
5. Delegate as many chores as you
can. Hand out projects to subordinates
at work, recruit your children to
help with household chores, hire
a gardener to maintain your lawn.
6. Learn to say no to nonessential
demands on your time. Don't volunteer
for a committee if you don't have
time, and decline invitations to
events you don't have time to attend.
7. Overcome procrastination.
8. Avoid perfectionism. Don't waste
time obsessively perfecting a task
when you could better spend the
time on something else.
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instructions to help you accomplish
the steps above.
There are many computer programs
to help you keep track of projects,
and keep you organized. Scout out
some online sites or local computer
stores to find a program that works
well for you.
Sometimes being too efficient can
make you lose track of why you need
extra time in the first place. Don't
be so intent on scratching things
off your to-do list that you don't
take time for fun.
More tips by S O.
Find a way to keep your priorities
in front of you throughout the day.
'Work first, play later.' - John
Don't schedule to the last minute.
Develop a routine - do the same
thing at the same time or the same
day of the week.
Eliminate distraction from the internet
I feel that I get distracted by
the Internet too easily. Anytime
I have any roadblocks in my work,
I end up wasting time on the Internet.
One thing that that I found helpful
was to write on paper, then transfer
it to the computer. It gets my ideas
flowing, and soon I've written much
more than I intended.
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