Time management

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Are you always busy, yet not achieving much?

Time 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. […]

By |March 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Improve Time Management by Working in Blocks

I 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? […]

By |March 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Best of 2012

It’s the last day of 2012, and Ready to Bloom is finishing its second year. I’d like to thank you all for reading, commenting, and retweeting my posts! And thank you for your messages. I love getting feedback on the posts here, and I also enjoy receiving requests for post ideas.

I’d also like to recap the top five posts of the year. The top post is of no surprise to me, as it’s the post that was chosen for Freshly Pressed back in January of 2011. The #2 post was also last year’s second most popular post. The next three posts are all new to this year’s Top 5 list.

10 Easy Steps to Improve Time Management and Reduce Stress
When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the […]

By |December 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Best of 2012

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. […]

By |October 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|5 Comments


Ready to Bloom will be two years old next January, and it’s gone through a lot of changes along the way. It started out when I began my journey in coaching and NLP, and it gradually evolved into what it is today: a 30 day program to work toward authentic happiness. Most of my original posts focus on time management, primarily because one of my very first posts was picked up by Freshly Pressed and received an amazing amount of visits in just 24 hours. That post continues to be my top article to this day, with almost 7,500 views…even after changing the domain this year, meaning that the entire blog had to be re-indexed. I was fairly obsessed with time management at that time, and I continued to hone my techniques for prioritizing tasks and getting things done, sharing my experiences and tips here on this blog.

And then I focused on wellness or wellbeing, and what I saw as the nine aspects of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, professional, social, spiritual, and sexual. You’ll still find that some of my blog posts are classified under one or more of these wellness categories. […]

By |October 12th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Evolution

Best of 2011

Well, it’s the last day of 2011, and almost a year since I started this blog. I wanted to thank you all for reading and commenting, and recap the top five posts of the year. The top post is of no surprise to me, as it’s the post that was chosen fro Freshly Pressed back in January. The other four posts are also older ones.

10 Easy Steps to Improve Time Management and Reduce Stress
When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?
10 More Steps to Improve Time Management and Reduce Stress
Task Meditation to Clear Your Mind and Get Things Done
Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and Add More Hours to Each Day

For those of you looking to set goals or New Year’s resolutions for 2012, […]

By |December 31st, 2011|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Get clear on your dreams with a vision list…then turn them into goals

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

I’ve been so focused on working toward achieving my specific goals lately, that I’d completely forgotten my vision list. I just revisited it this afternoon and spent a few minutes updating it, because all goals start with a vision.

Get started: clear your mind with a quick session of task meditation. Get all the practical to-do things out of your mind and into your time management system. Now you’re ready to start.

Put on some music, whatever you feel will get you into a creative mood: it could be something relaxing, or it could be energising. Light a candle or incense. Whatever creates that sense of “you time.”

Remember the three good questions: Who are you? Where are you? Where are you going? Stop and think about where you want to be heading in your life. What do you want to be experiencing:


By |May 3rd, 2011|Uncategorized|4 Comments

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?


By |May 1st, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Easy tips to achieve work-life balance

Easy tips on how to say no

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I’ve said this twice now: “If you don’t know who you are, where you are, and where you’re going, then you have no perspective. You won’t know how to prioritise, and how to get things done and when.” Setting priorities helps me make clear decisions on how to plan my days and weeks, and it makes it easy for me to say no to things that I don’t want to do or that aren’t related to my high-priority goals and activities.

So why is it that some people find it so difficult to say no? Often it’s a case of people putting others’ interests before their own, and not respecting their right to decide how to manage their time. Once you understand what your goals and priorities are, and that your time is yours to manage, saying no becomes easier.

Tips on how to make saying no an easy part of your life:


By |March 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Easy tips on how to say no

Time management system review

I’m into my second week with my updated time management system, and I wanted to make some observations. First of all, I loved this updated system! It worked very well, and since I’m a visual person, it was a great system for me.

Some observations:

I highlighted tasks using the colour of the day (orange, yellow, green) as soon as I finished them, so I could clearly focus on the non-highlighted tasks and get them done.
Some days I didn’t get everything done, and I carried them down to the next day with a big arrow. This helped me at the end of the week to see what things I didn’t get done, why, and how to better plan the following week.
New things were added to my schedule […]

By |March 29th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Time management system review