Don't we all feel stressed at times? We get so buried with what we are trying to accomplish and we may not even realise how swamped we are. We get stressed. Some of us may even show some physical symptoms like Nerin here talks about de-stressing techniques.
When don't have enough time in the day, we need to find out those Time Thieves and steal some time back!
Here are 2 tips to steal that time back and use it for what's important to you.
This is part of a series where I briefly explain the main systems that can help your personal productivity in the office.
The 4th system is your Calendar Management...
Can you believe it's nearly the end of financial year? This year, that means the cold has finally kicked in, but for many it's also that dreaded time when you have to dig through a nasty pile of paperwork, figure out what needs to be sent to the accountant and then wait for a nice hefty bill. But wait! There are other options!
Do you feel guilty that you haven't gotten around to getting organised? Do you call yourself "hopeless" and wonder why you can't get sorted when others seem completely in control?
Please stop for a moment and consider all the roles you are currently juggling. How many balls do you have in the air?
One of the key ways to get your life organised is to be in control of your time. Whether it's making plans with friends, important business meetings or your next hair appointment, it's just so comforting being able to look ahead, make sure you're available and know that you won't forget when that date comes around.
I have a home office and at the moment there's a big demolition going on nearby. Add that noise (imagine house shaking thumps of concrete being pulled up and dropped) to the usual city/harbour sounds and multiple tasks with conflicting priorities and a puppy that wants to play... Sometimes it can be hard to focus!
Here are a couple of ways that I block off those distractions:
This is the time of year when a lot of us are about to take some time off work to spend with family for Christmas. Whether you are self employed or work for someone else, there are a few things you can do to prepare for time off to so you can relax properly, not let anyone down and not be even more stressed when you get back to work.
Well can you believe we are officially one quarter of the way through the year 2013 already?
It's a good time to stop and check in with yourself, how are you going with your New Years resolutions? Have you lost focus? Is there still something that you want to achieve for 2013? Now is the time to take stock, when you still have 9 months of the year left to make a difference on the goal, project or habit you want to work on.
If you have made some headway, give yourself a pat on the back (or your reward of choice), check where you can make improvements and make sure you're still on course, then keep going!
If you haven't made much of a dent, that's ok! Don't beat yourself up, it doesn't help. Have a think, what's the thing that's holding you up? Think about all those excuses you've made, are they realistic obstacles that you need to overcome or are they just excuses? What's the Real obstacle? Is this goal even important to you anymore? no? thats ok too! Stop feeling guilty about it and take it off your to-do list.
The first step to get you on your way is answering all these questions and figuring out how to beat that obstacle. Is it lack of funding, lack of time, lack of knowledge? Then make a budget, set a schedule, do some research or ask for help. Just work on the one thing that will help you get started. Making those first steps might just give you the momentum you need to keep going.
I am a constant student of productivity and time management. I'm always reading and looking for ways to be more efficient and keep on top of what I need to get done.
Here are some articles I've been reading lately that have some more great tips on keeping and prioritising your todos.
With smartphones so popular, there are literally hundreds of apps available to keep track of lists, tasks and appointments. And because you always have your phone with you, it's perfect for capturing notes or to-dos when you think of them, and to always be able to access your to-do list when you are ready to tackle it.
This week I want to look at the types of lists you can keep, more specifically the paper based methods.
There's plenty of technology around that can be used for tasks and just as much talk about "going paperless". But I find just as many people are still more comfortable writing with pen and paper. It's usually quicker, and some say that you think differently when you write the "old fashioned way".
We're all busy, with information and demands coming at us constantly. It's impossible to effectively manage all this stuff in your head, and whether you're a paper person or a gadget person, it pays to be a list person.
Some people only need a single to-do list but what if it gets too long? Or you write it on scraps of paper and keep losing them? Or you don't have it with you when you need it?