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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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How to create your yearly forecast for 2013

200ad1I’m still working on the final touches on my Create Your Incredible Year Business Edition, and I’ve still got quite a bit to do on my Life Edition. There’s a part in the Life Edition where you choose twelve oracle cards for 2013, one for each month. There’s a place to make note of the card’s title or meaning, and to add a little description underneath.

I don’t tend to use oracle cards very often, though I purchased two decks of them back in 2011 when I took my spiritual coaching course. Sometimes I forget I even have them. But when I use them, I always receive the precise message I need to hear, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time…it always does later.

The cards I pulled for 2013 were amazing. 

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Where am I going? Vision list

Today’s exercise takes your dreams one step further. Gather together your responses from the dreams exercise and from the be/do/have exercise. Now we’re going to act as if these things already exist: you already are the person of your dreams, you’ve already done the things you wished for, and you already have the things you dreamt of.

You may be familiar with the exercise of stating your wishes as though you already had them. One popular way of doing this is by writing each statement with the prefix: “I am so happy and grateful now that…”

Does that sound too new-agey or too much like the law of attraction? Re-word it as you like until you’re comfortable with it.  There are two important elements that you need to include: the statement should be in the present tense, and it should express your gratitude for having achieved or received your dream.

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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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