Does it seem like you are forever asking yourself “Can I Become Better Time Manager?” Many people believe that as you get older time speeds up. No matter how much time you give yourself, you are always rushing against the clock. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day!
The fact of the matter is that we all have the same amount of time everyday. The challenge is to learn how to better manage our time and eliminate needless stress brought on by always being in a hurry.
Those who are successful in their everyday lives whether in business, or personal lives or even stay at home moms; have found ways to become better time managers. They have learned how to utilize their time more wisely so it looks like they have more of it. So, there is hope for people like myself and you as well.
There are many reasons why we feel that there is never enough time.
In this fast paced society we live in most of us are over committed with jobs – sometimes working unrealistic long hours – children that need to go to piano practice, sports functions and who knows what else.
But, some things are not getting done. Certain chores are left incomplete. We go to bed late and wake up early and the grind begins again. We get stuck in traffic and you tense up because you are going to be late for work.
The STRESS is incredible.
WHERE DID THE TIME GO? CAN I BECOME BETTER TIME MANAGER………..
In trying to improve the quality of our lives, we get caught up in the “fast lane” thinking that we can save time if we rush more. But productivity and efficiency suffer because we don’t set priorities and run from one thing to another.
While writing this article, I was struggling with finding the time to do research and to just sit down to write. A few weeks ago, I was walking in the early morning hours like I usually do.
It helps to clear my mind and besides I live in a beautiful place in Puerto Rico so beaches are everywhere. Sorry not trying to rub that in…
As I am walking along I hear a tiny howl and when I turn around there was the most beautiful puppy. He was about 7 weeks old and he was hungry and thirsty. As I approached him he didn’t even try to run off.
So I picked him up and took him home.
To make a long story short, I kept him and now I am raising a puppy. I was not looking to raise a puppy. We already have a grown dog and she is spoiled and does not like that I brought home this beautiful puppy who I named “Chance” as in second chance.
A puppy was the last thing I needed at this time of my life.
Well, my time is devoted to this little guy and making sure that he is safe and cared for until he is a little bigger and stronger. My point is that I did not want any other disruptions and my Time Management is in Chaos…
Needless to say it has taken me twice as long to research and to write this blog. I am writing this while sitting on my couch with Chance sleeping soundly next to me.
I am also trying to work on my business during the Christmas Holidays. There are tons of things to do. There are friends to visit with and make goodies like cookies and “Coquito” (a Puerto Rican Nog with Rum). People stop by and there is the Christmas tree and shopping etc….
While I take a deep breath I will try to give you some pointers on how to better manage your time. At least this is what I try to do on a daily basis. Not written in stone, this is just what works for me.
* Make a list of things to do.
* Prioritize – I pick at least 3 things that are really important and work on those first.
* Decide how much time you will work on each task until completed. Some things can be worked over a period of time. Others you will want to finish as quickly as possible.
* Don’t be hard on yourself – Be flexible. Allow for hiccups to occur and don’t get stressed if you fall behind. The important thing is to get right back to it as soon as you can.
* Just say NO – I have had to turn down lunch dates and offers to go shopping or just go out for a girls day. That is hard to do. But, I must stay focused. On your list of things to do, be sure to allow personal time; but only after you’ve completed your important tasks for that day.
Learning to manage your time should be an ongoing daily exercise but don’t stress if you have set backs. I believe that the Universe wanted me to find Chance (my puppy) to help me to see that there is always plenty of time to do more things……to have less stress and just go with the flow…
My hope is that I have been able to bring some levity into your life and at the same time give you some easy to follow pointers on time management.
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