Time Management Is Tough-How To Manage Your Time Better

"Either Run the Day, or the Day Runs You"-Jim Rohn.

We've all read blogs or books that tell us how to important time management is. But most book can't even simplify the message to fit on one page.

Start by Organizing and Simplifying

Stay organized. Label files using logic that makes sense to you. Keep important, frequently referenced documents in a folder. The less time you spend searching for items, the more time you have to focus on important tasks. We all get inundated with and submerged in work-related details, but we need to remember that by taking the time now to organized, we save time hunting for important information in the future.

Multitask With Intention

We live in a fast paced world where people are continuously taking on more work than they can do. Multitasking, you can accomplished a lot more. But let me be clear-it is very important not to multitask to the point where you lose focus. For example, if you are on the phone with a client, you probably shouldn't be typing an email.

Write Your To Do List the Night Before

A surprising number of successful people share this habit. Knowing what your work load look like the following day will help you rest more easily, helping you feel more prepared to meet unique challenges or new situations. You'll also be able to refer to it if you realize you've forgotten something overnight. Read more: Time Management: How to Get the Most Out of Your Day. Author: Business Collective. Continue reading...

When you're the only one making choices about your schedule, staying on track can be tough. When you work independently, it's up to you and you alone to wrangle  your ordinary workday-and ultimately, your whole work week into some sort of structure. Since there's nothing but your own personal decision-making that actually holds you to that structure, though it's especially liable to come crashing down at any time. But some freelances and productivity experts have found a few ways to make batching work for them-not just on a daily basis but week after week too. Here are a few ways to stick with monotasking if you're a freelance fighting an onslaught of distractions on a regular basis.

1. Different Days for Different Types of Focus

Many freelances use mode-based scheduling to organize their entire work weeks, not just individual workdays. To do that, start by looking at your calendar at the beginning of the week and assigning a specific focus or task to individual days. For example, Mondays might be just for administrative work while Fridays are saved for making head ways on a client project. Read more: Five Tips for more Productive Monotasking When You Work Alone. Author: Bree Brouwer. Continue reading...

 Anything is possible in the 24 hours we're given each day.

1. Run the day or it will run you.

Part of the key to time management is just staying in charge. Here's what usually happens: We start something and we're in control, but as the day starts to unfold, we start losing it. It's like running a business. If you don't stay on top of things, the business will run you before long. You have to stop every once in a while and say, "Wait! Who's in charge here?"

"Some will master and some will serve"

Here's a good phrase to remember" "Some will master and some serve." That's the nature of life and you have to make sure you become the master. You have to run the day. You have to stay in charge.
What is the key to staying in charge? You must have your written set of goals with you at all times. Prioritize your goals and decide which are important. Constantly review your goals, then make them the part of a good written game plan. 5 Tips for Using Your Time Wisely. Author: Jim Rohn. Continue reading...

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Productivity is a process.

Before you can sit down and do things, you have to sit down and plan to do things. Which is why your ability to get things done tomorrow depends heavily on your ability to organize, schedule and reflect today.

1. Write a 'done' list

A to-do-list while helpful, can cause a lot of anxiety because it shows how much progress you have left to make. A "done list" is a nice complement because it shows how far you've come. To write your done list, simply jot down everything useful you've achieved today. Then review it.

Seeing all the 'small wins' you've made-think catching an error in a teammate's project report before you submit it-will motivate you to be even more creative and productive tomorrow.

2. Write down how you plan to complete any uncompleted tasks from today.

The key to productivity tomorrow is not staying up all night thinking about all  the work you have to do. In fact, it helps to take a mental  break. Research suggests, that one way to stop perseverating on work when get home is to write down how'll finish any tasks left over from the day. For example: "I will sit down at my desk at 9 .am. and draft an email  to the client ..." Read more: 9 Things you can do today to be more productive tomorrow. Author: Shana Lebowitz. Continue reading...

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