I’ve found three awesome articles, all about how to win the wrestling match with that elusive creature known as time. Check them out and share your own tips.
1. Have an Office Exit Plan | CarolinaParent.com
Features tips from OTR friend, Geralin Thomas, and others, including: Manage Your Inbox and Respond to Voicemail at the Right Time.
2. Guru Review: Interrupt Yourself for Greater Focus | OpenForum.com
We get interrupted all the time. Why not schedule productive interruptions?
3. The Single Best Time Management Tip Ever | Bnet.com
Pick up a project for 20 minutes. Put it down. Pick up again for another 20 minutes. Rinse, lather, and repeat. Sounds a bit like the Pomodoro Technique. Rigid or worth it?
Trying to manage your time better? Try these two simple tricks to stay focused and manage your time better.
1. Estimate How Much Time You Need
Sometimes we underestimate how long a task will take and then become overwhelmed when one single activity takes over our day…and nothing else gets done.
Solution: Before you start your next project, write down the time you begin working and the time you end. This will give you an idea of how long you need or how you can shave off a few minutes. Once you figure how much time you really need, set a timer and get to work!
2. Breaks Tasks Into Smaller Steps
Not sure where to start? I helps to figure out the steps you need to complete so you can finish your project.
Solution: Write down all the parts or actions needed to reach your goal AND then go back to #1. Figure out how long you need to finish each one.
3. Say No to Distractions
Do those bright and shiny things have you under a spell and focused on everything except what you need to do?
Solution: Tune everything and everyone out as much as you can. Limit your distractions but also figure out what shifts your productivity mojo in high gear. Do you like working with music or drop dead silence? Do you need to work with people around you or go solo? Set the stage, kick the distractions to the curb, and you’ll be more successful with getting stuff done.
Who says that only moms know how to run a household and stay organized? Well, actually, no one said that but it’s a nice segue to the fact that I recently met up with busy dad and Twitter friend, “Mr. Fresh.” He gave some insight on how he keeps himself organized. Take a look…