Thursday, May 15, 2008

Six Simple Tactics to Improve Time Management:

If you truly feel that the only way you can accomplish all you need to get done is to extend the number of hours in the day, then keep reading. This article is meant just for you. Meanwhile, if it has occurred to you that your last vacation took place when permed hair and shoulder pads were still in style, or that your children seem to grow an inch in between the times you’re able to spend together, please listen up. This article is for you, too.

Regardless of how many things you have to get done, there are ways to truly manage your time so that you don’t always feel like something has gotten away from you. It is possible to tend to your obligations in a way that is not equivalent to a tornado rushing through town. And you can honestly carve out a few minutes, or even better a few hours, to do absolutely nothing. In fact, we require it.

It’s all about improving your time management skills, and contrary to what you may think, it is not hard. Take a look through the list below and you will finally figure out how to get everything done, and still have time leftover.

1. Time is subjective, so don’t try to control it.

“Time as we experience it is subjective and clock time does not really need us to manage it,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. “The more we try and control our time the less we get done and the less we believe we have.”

2. Do not rush. Ever.

“One of the biggest time robbers is rushing,” Dwoskin says. “When you rush you already feel like you do not have enough time and your rushing actually magnifies this feeling. So the best thing to do is to let go of the feeling of rushing and allow yourself to keep letting go as best you can until you feel like you have all the time in the world.

By doing this you will feel as though time expands and you get more done with less effort and stress. You can still do things quickly without the feeling of rush and you will be more accurate and enjoy what you do more as well.”

How do you release the need to rush? Let the feeling go using The Sedona Method.

3. Trim your obligations.

Ok, so some things are mandatory. But there are many others that are not. If you are thinking that EVERYTHING on your plate is absolutely crucial, then you need to learn the fine art of how to say no. And then do it, often.

4. Schedule playtime.

You schedule work, house projects, kids’ activities, grocery shopping and all the other “necessary” items. Well, playtime -- for yourself -- is also necessary. So write it into your schedule like any other “task.”

5. Keep a to-do list.

This way, you don’t have to waste any time trying to remember what you need to get done.

6. Live in the moment.

“The only time you can do anything about anything is now,” Dwoskin points out.

And this is precisely why anytime you are doing something, but thinking about something else you should do or need to do, you are wasting your precious time. When you live in the now, you focus only on what is going on in this moment, and forget about the rest.

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