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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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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.
  1. 10 Easy Steps to Improve Time Management and Reduce Stress
  2. When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?
  3. Where am I? Wheel of Life
  4. Q1: Who am I?
  5. Where am I? Top 3 Areas to Improve

For those of you looking to set goals or New Year’s resolutions for 2012, it may be a good idea to revisit these posts. It can be challenging to work toward our goals if we struggle with time management, or if we’re so stressed we can’t get things done. It can also be challenging to attempt to try new things when we find ourselves trapped in our comfort zone.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and successful 2013! Thanks very much for 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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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. Continue Reading →

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