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We all try to fit as much as we can into our days. However in the process it is very easy to set unrealistic expectations and to end up beating ourselves up for not achieving as much as we think we should have. Here are some tips to help you manage your time more effectively…

  • Get real – print a blank weekly calender from Outlook and mark on it all your regular time commitments that can’t be moved. Mark in the personal, family or any other time that is non negotiable, and then look at what is left. This is your discretionary time to use as you wish.
  • Decide what you want to use this time for – it could be building your business or marketing if you are self employed, it could be writing time, it could be DIY time on your home.
  • Then monitor how you actually use these blocks of time over the next week or two. Check out what takes you off task and make a decision on how you need to handle these distractions. Are they necessary, can they be delegated or can they be handled at a more appropriate time?

When we see it written down or pictured in this way we get a better understanding of what is happening in our days and weeks. We can finally stop kidding ourselves about how much we can really fit into the time we actually have available! And as always with awareness comes the opportunity for choice and change.

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