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Time Management Tips – Making The Most Out Of Every Minute

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Time Management Tips – Making The Most Out Of Every Minute
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Time Management Question

I’m in the process of answering an interview questionnaire for an upcoming guest post and one of the questions is about time management.  It asks “How does one effectively manage their time?”  It’s a question that I feel is greatly needed because I constantly have people tell me “I don’t have time to do this” or “I don’t have time for that.”  I always find this interesting.  The thing is, we all have 24 hours in a day.

How we use our time typically comes down to our priorities and what is important to us.  I’ve discovered that successful people are very disciplined with their time and average people are more reactive.  I want to share some tips with you that will help you shift from being reactive to proactive with your time.

Treat Your Time Like A Budget

What I mean by treat your time like a budget is simple.  Tell your time what to do.  In other words, assign your time assignments or tasks to do.  Plan your day and tell each moment what it will be doing.  Does that sound rigid?  Maybe so, but you are reading this for time management tips, right?  You know what tasks you have to do in order to be successful.  So make certain that you assign those tasks times to happen.

I take 30 minutes each evening to plan my next day.  I do know what most days are going to look like in advance because I have a “daily method of operation.”  Those things I need to do in order to make money are going to get my most productive hours, but all of the tasks and all of the “to do’s” are told when they will take place.

It’s also imperative that you plan for interruptions and distractions.  Yes, assign them a time.  That way you have some wiggle room on your calendar when interruptions occur.  They WILL happen, so you may as well plan for them.

Live With A Purpose

If you live with a huge purpose, you will be much more focused and able to use your time more effectively.  Make your purpose more powerful than the distractions that come your way, that way nothing gets in the way of your success.

A Time For Emails & Calls

Assign a time for returning emails and calls and practice not answering calls & emails.  I am majorly OCD when it comes to returning emails quickly.  Learning that it’s okay NOT to respond immediately it taking some practice and intentionality, but I’m finding that it’s okay and nothing is being lost.

Make sure you are in control of your time and that it’s not in control of you!



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Discussion

  1. Chuck Taylor  September 10, 2013

    Superb! When I work with clients about time management I go through the same thing. There is 168 hours in a week, and when we start budgeting most people discover that a lot of time just disappears each week, like un-budgeted cash in your wallet. When you give your time a name you give your life a purpose. Thank you again Bonnie.

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    • Bonnie Cribbs  September 11, 2013

      On paper I should have about 160 hours a week free then! That’s powerful when you put it in those terms – When I did my first budget I was blown away with how much extra there was after the necessities. Every time I go to Sonic to get my water with lemon I’m like “that’s $365 a year in water…” It’s seriously more than my water bill at home. Crazy…

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