Making the Most of Your Time

Written by Mary Carroll

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6.Get organized. Don’t begin a project until you’ve assembled allrepparttar necessary resources and tools you’ll need. Use your day planner to remind yourself of upcoming tasks. Atrepparttar 142499 end ofrepparttar 142500 day write down where you left off and make a list of priorities for tomorrow.

7.Set priorities. Knowrepparttar 142501 difference between important tasks and urgent ones. Urgent tasks have short-term consequences while important tasks are those with long-term, goal-related outcomes. Work toward reducingrepparttar 142502 urgent tasks so you'll have plenty of time for more important priorities. This will help prevent urgent items from becoming emergencies.

8.Learn your software. Learning how to getrepparttar 142503 most from your computer and its software will also help make your work easier and less time consuming. Spending time learning how to improve your work is more productive than wasting time doing itrepparttar 142504 same old way. Take advantage of computer software tutorials to become more proficient in your work.

9.Be flexible. Plan time for interruptions and distractions. Make yourself available to respond to surprises and new opportunities.

10.Avoid procrastination. Procrastination isrepparttar 142505 tendency to avoid, for as long as possible, completing an action or task that needs to be done, usually by focusing on some other distraction. Getting it over with right away will keep time from being wasted.

11.Stay focused. Avoid jumping from one uncompleted task to another. Try to finish one job before moving on torepparttar 142506 next.

12.Delegate. What tasks can be delegated to others?

13.Follow a routine. Make your new routine a habit. Every new habit you develop is an important step toward taking control of your time.

14.Reward yourself. Balance your work with pleasure and reward yourself for completing your goals, evenrepparttar 142507 small ones.

15.Reevaluate: After completing a project, revisit your “To Do” list. Were there any unnecessary steps? Is there a wayrepparttar 142508 task could be accomplished with less effort next time? Wasted time is lost opportunity. Lost opportunity equals diminished productivity. Lost productivity means less time to spend doingrepparttar 142509 things you want to do. Your life is a progression of choices. You have control overrepparttar 142510 choices you make, notrepparttar 142511 flow of time. Time management is one source for a happier more productive life, and studies have shown that happy people feel less rushed because they are in control of their time. Once you’ve mastered these skills, you’ll find yourself able to maintain a healthier balance between your work, and your family.

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Say I Don't Know

Written by Steve Gillman

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He may not understand, but he learns quickly to explain himself. By adulthood, it is rare for any of us to say "I don't know" when asked about our behavior. There is a problem with that, though. How can we ever learnrepparttar true causes if we already accept our explanations?

Accepting Our Ignorance

A better way to approach these issues is to get inrepparttar 142250 habit of saying "I don't know." You can follow it with "Maybe it's because of..." and letrepparttar 142251 explanations spill out, but don't be too quick to accept any of them. Understand that it isn't always necessary to explain.

For example, even if you never know why you avoid a certain person, isn't it better to leaverepparttar 142252 question open than to accept a false explanation based on a habit of self-justification? Leave questions unanswered, and you may someday have a better understanding. Quick answers mean a quick stop in your thinking.

Self-explanation can berepparttar 142253 death of self-understanding. Learn to accept your ignorance, and to keep observing yourself. Just say, "I don't know."

Steve Gillman writes on many self help topics including boosting brainpower, losing weight, meditation, habits of mind, creative problem solving, learning gratitude, generating luck and anything related to self improvement. You'll find more at

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