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Weekly Challenge – Time Management

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Weekly Challenge – Time Management

This week’s challenge is all about managing our time more effectively.

There are a lot of great tools available for time management but the one that works the best is the one that you are most likely to use.
Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I a computer or smart phone addict?
  • Do I prefer to use a daily written schedule?
  • Is simple important to me?
  • Is simple too simple for me?

When you start to narrow down the answers to these questions, you will begin to identify a time management system that will work for you. Here are some ideas and a quick outline of how they work.

  • Top 3 – As easy as it gets. Each day write down your top 3 priorities on a note card. Your day is not complete until these 3 things are checked off.
  • Get To-Do List – A little more detailed than the Top 3, this is your basic To-Do list with a little more positive spin.
  • Time Blocking – Use a weekly calendar to block of chunks of time in your day. This system allows you to color code your schedule to be sure you are covering all of the major areas and allows you to make sure there is enough time for each necessary activity in your week.
  • Franklin Covey – This popular system has been around for a long time and still draws a lot of fans. It’s a little more intensive than Time Blocking but allows you to feel confident that all of your bases are covered.
  • Getting Things Done – This is another complete time management system that works for the busy body that always seems to have things rattling around in their brain. It is less scheduled than either Time Blocking or Franklin Covey so might be a good alternative for the more free spirited, spontaneous type person.

Once you have decided on a system to use (or some combination of them), then it is a matter of taking the time to implement.

Your Challenge: Making a time management system work for you is a three part project.

  1. Find the right system and put it into place.
  2. Stick to the system for at least 30 days.
  3. Get to the core reason that time management isn’t working for you.

Part one and two are obvious. We’ll talk about part three later this week.

I will be sharing a few short tips over the next 5 days on my fan page http://www.facebook.com/WholeMindMakeover.

If you would like more and go at our challenge full on, ask me about a self directed program I’m developing to help you on your own Makeover journey!

Nicole Bandes

Nicole has scaled her own personal mountain to climb out of ordinary. For over 20 years, Nicole Bandes has studied the most effective methods to increase happiness and success in her own life and in business. She has gone on to helped thousands of people in their own personal journeys to reach their goals. Contact Nicole if you are ready to stop being ordinary and have a guided tour to reach your summit of success.

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3 Comments so far:

  1. Lee says:

    Hi Nicole
    One way that I have found to make myself more productive in a shorter time spent working is to just take 5 minutes out as soon as I feel myself getting side tracked or slowing down. This way I find myself working at a better pace throughout the day.

    Great post lee

  2. David Lynch says:

    Hi Nicole,
    Getting Things Done – is brilliant! I would recommend anyone interested in it to check out the free software based on the book of the same name (“Getting Things Done.” It’s called Thinking Rock and can be found free at http://www.sourceforge.com.

    You mention 30 days of activity, and I have to agree. I try out many different time management ideas and tools and a lot of them work. What matters is picking the right one for you – so a 30 day trial of each is a great idea.

    All the best,
    Dave

  3. Charmie says:

    Well, TIME AND TIDES WAITS FOR NONE and so it is very important to analyze these things because your efficiency is measured on the accuracy of the time you use.
    Thanks for these tips. Sometimes even I run out of time.

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