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TIME MANAGEMENT JUNKIE
Hi. My name is Janice
I am a time management
I have bought almost
every time management program that I could get my hands on.
I have promised myself
that I will not buy another program, only to buy “one more” because
I have really wanted it “for a long time”. Yesterday is a long time
to waste if you are not managing your time properly. This one will
be the last.
I can be found wandering
through the house with a blank look on my face, headphones on my
head, listening over and over to the same time management series –
it seems over time that I need more and more to keep me “on top”.
I have subjected my
family to uncounted hours of time management CD’s while traveling in
our van. I seldom drive without a time management CD in the player.
I tell myself that I am
“in control”, I don’t listen to these program’s because I “need” to,
but because I “want” to. I can choose anytime.
I “loose” time.
Sometimes I will put a lengthy series into my CD player, to emerge
hours later, it seems like only minutes have passed.
I realize that it is
time, time to put all of the things that I have learned into action,
to turn my life around for the better of myself and my family.
THE 12 STEP PROGRAM
The good news is that
through my obsession (some say addiction) to time management
techniques and viewpoints, I have been able to pinpoint a common
thread. 12 to be exact.
before you can be effective, you need to know what is important.
Nothing worse than spending time climbing the wrong ladder.
Get clear, get rid
of the junk – physical, emotional and mental baggage. Get
clear on your boundaries – work when you are working, play when
you are playing.
Focus – don’t
multi task. Concentrate effort in areas of highest yield (think
80/20 rule). Actively reduce interruptions using systems and
Use Time Blocks
– block uninterrupted for the amount of time and time of day that
is in your peak performance. The more blocks you can implement
while maintaining balance, the more productive you will be. Do
similar tasks together.
Delegation – do
what you do best, delegate the rest. What can you do that no one
else can do? What is the best use of your time right now? Do
start a project and finish it, don’t stop and try to pick it up
later, you will loose your momentum and often have to relearn the
skills needed. Or you may not finish it at all.
Be Self Disciplined
even when you don’t feel like it. Ask yourself, is this action
taking me toward my goal or away from it. Take responsibility,
don’t just think about it, do it!
Set yourself up
– pencil in planning time on a regular basis. Review your goals
and key action points daily. Climb mountains in baby steps.
Allow enough time
– estimate how long you think it will take, and then double it.
Look after your health. Physically fit, healthy people are
more productive and energetic. Eat properly, get enough sleep,
exercise (challenge yourself at least 3x per week, walk every
Automate by creating a routine and following it. Make it a point
to learn how to separate and systemize your routines in the 3
major areas of your life – work, family and you.
Don’t give up. Revamp,
reschedule, rework, but persevere. Stay cool. Frustration and
stress result in inferior results and diminished motivation. When
problems arise, plan and plan again.
You can’t manage time, but you can
manage your life.
Janice Ferrante is the Queen of KAOS. You can learn more
about how to Conquer KAOS and take CONTROL by visiting her website at
http://www.queen-of-kaos.com. Also be sure to sign up for her free ezine
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