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Time management tips.

Monday, September 11, 2006 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

September
11
2006

A couple of people recently asked me to talk about time management. Honestly, time management is something I still struggle with, but I have made some very good progress in that area over that past few years. Here are a few tips that may help.

  • Make a list of the regular tasks that you want to get done each day. Prioritize them. Block out time for the things you absolutely must get done, and then take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that time will be uninterrupted. For example, I’ve notified my employer that the time between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM (my workout time) is my time, and it’s up to them to make sure someone else is available for emergencies during that time. This is something I’m not flexible on, and they know it. Just because you are employed by a company doesn’t mean they own you. Most employers are willing to work with you on things like this (especially if it’s time you plan to spend improving your health); if not, find another job. Your health and well-being are worth far more than whatever it is your employer is paying you. It’s up to you to make sure you have a plan and a backup plan.
  • Take note of the things you are doing each day that accomplish nothing. If you complain that you are strapped for time, but you also spend time watching television and surfing the ‘net, then you have nothing to complain about. Goofing off is great, but it should flow between your priorities.
  • Don’t procrastinate. This is a tough one for me, but I’m getting better. When I have a task that needs to get done, there are times when I have adequate spare time to do that task, but I don’t because it’s not yet “critical”. Why not just do it? If you constantly procrastinate then it’s just one more thing piling up that needs to get done. Eventually you’re going to feel overwhelmed. Yesterday was a pretty light day for me, so I took advantage of it and got a ton of things done around the house. The projects I completed yesterday were things could have waited, but I did them and even had time for a movie. Personally I enjoy my free time far more when I don’t have tasks that need to be accomplished hanging over my head.
  • Preparing meals in advance is a huge time-saver. For example, I eat a lot of chicken, so I cook up 8 chicken breasts at once and store them in the fridge. This alone saves me a ton of time during the week. Also, I always have “stand-by” meals in case I need to leave unexpectedly and can’t bring my usual food. These meals are easy to transport, require no cooking and can be eaten quickly.

Remember, we all have the same 24 hours to work with. If fitness is a priority for you, then construct your day to include it with your other priorities. Have a backup plan for when things don’t go as expected.

Speaking of time, I’m out of it! I blocked out 15 minutes to write this morning’s update, and now I must move on to other tasks. Have a great day!

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