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Are you always busy, yet not achieving much?

DSC05058Time management is such an important issue to me that in the early days of this blog, there was a huge focus on the subject. Plus, one of my very first posts, 10 Easy Steps to Improve Time Management and Reduce Stress, was featured on Freshly Pressed, which drove tons of traffic to this blog. It was obvious to me that time management was a huge issue for people, and for the first time in my life I was excelling in that area.

I periodically updated this blog with tips on time management, as I tried out new systems and shared what worked best for me. And then there was a dry spell as I focused on other things, until I came around the other day and wrote another post on time management. There were two great comments on the post, which inspired me to expand a little on one of my replies there. Continue Reading →

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Improve Time Management by Working in Blocks

DSC05002I was just listening to an audio recording at this gym this afternoon that gave some recommendations to improve time management. Most important: schedule your personal events first, then arrange your business activities around those.

How many people actually do that?!

Very few, I’m sure. It’s been a while since I updated you on my current time management system. It changes from time to time, and while I was really good about sharing my systems back in 2011, I haven’t shared anything with you in quite some time. So, how did I improve time management this year? Continue Reading →

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Improve your time management with Wunderlist

It’s been a while since I wrote a post on time management, and I know that it’s still an issue for many people because my post 10 Easy steps to improve time management and reduce stress is still the #1 post on this blog. In the two years since I wrote that post, I’ve experimented with a number of different techniques.

To me, it all comes down to priorities and clearing the tasks out of your mind. But one of the tools that I’ve found most useful in the past several months is Wunderlist. It’s a free app, available for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, and Windows.

I’ve been using it to set up all of my tasks. Each day, I identify my top priority tasks and work on them. If any tasks are left at the end of the day, I re-program them for the following days. And if new tasks pop up during the day, when I think of new tasks to do, I just add them to my Wunderlist.

It’s been a fantastic way to get things out of my head and stay focused on the task at hand. Often, I’ll be looking for something online as part of one of my tasks and I’ll come across an interesting article or something that can help me with work. Rather than distracting myself by reading it at that time, I’ll just copy and paste the URL into my Wunderlist with a note to read the article later.

What time management tools are you currently using? What works for you in managing your daily and weekly tasks?

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Get agile at work!

Thanks to Rebecca for this path photo! Please click the photo to visit her blog.

So far, I’ve discussed many kinds of life agility, including a general agility exercise, dietary agility, and physical agility. But how about professional agility? What things can you do to make changes, break habits, and try new things in your professional life?

I’m not talking project management or software development here. I’m talking all kinds of changes (large or small) that you can make in your professional life to stretch out of your habits and try something new.

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Easy tips to achieve work-life balance

Thanks to Mariángeles for this path photo from the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

Work-life balance is one of the most talked about issues these days, though I’ve always thought that was something of a misnomer: after all, isn’t work actually a part of our lives? I evaluate balance in my life by reviewing the nine areas of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, professional, social, spiritual, and sexual. So, while I’d like to address the issue of “work-life” balance, I’ll be calling it professional wellness.

How do you rate your professional wellness, on a scale of 1 to 10? What would need to happen to make it a 10? What would a 10 look like to you? If your professional life were perfect, how would you feel?

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