Motivation yes but Time management?

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Is this the right forum for this question. I want to be motivated but I need to manage my time every day, better.

Any software out there that does this?
#management #motivation #time
  • Profile picture of the author unintuitive
    The first that comes to mind is RescueTime. It's a combination of web-based service and desktop application. The service monitors how you use your computer, gives you an overview in graph form of where your time was spent, and allows you to identify which applications are "productive" and which are "unproductive" so you can self-correct.
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    • Profile picture of the author RobbieT
      Originally Posted by unintuitive View Post

      The first that comes to mind is RescueTime. It's a combination of web-based service and desktop application. The service monitors how you use your computer, gives you an overview in graph form of where your time was spent, and allows you to identify which applications are "productive" and which are "unproductive" so you can self-correct.
      Thanks for the info. I have never head of Rescue Time before this but it seems to be a darn good option
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  • Profile picture of the author RobbieT
    Here's a couple of ideas which will cost you nothing.

    1/ A "things to be done tomorrow" sheet filled out each evening so you are clear on what needs to be done. Number them in order of importance. Ticking them off when done gives a feeling of satisfaction.

    2/ Use Outlook calendar to record exactly how you spend your time each day for a couple of days or a week. That will give you a much better idea of how much time you spend doing different things. From that you can see how much time is lost on "non-productive" things such as watching You Tube, playing games etc.

    If you do those things to relax between stints of work then set a timer so you don't lose track of time.

    When you review your daily "time spent" sheet mark those things that are going to make you money and try to allocate them more time.

    I hope that helps.

    Take good care of those that you love.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    You could just use Google Calendar. I do.

    Keep it simple.

    Similar to "What's the best exercise?" / "The one that you will DO," the best software is the one that you'll actually use.

    Merely by paying attention to and organizing your time will you become more effective.

    Try this:

    Take three days and record what you DO spend your time on...without worrying about control. See for yourself where you waste your time. Then you can take corrective action.

    It's amazing how much time some things actually take. We think "Naaaah...there's NO WAY that could take two and a half hours," but in reality our playing around does. If you don't record it, you'll never see the truth.

    Here's another tip:

    Block Out the time for the important tasks. Don't let "I need to go grocery shopping" or "let's play a flash game instead" get in the way. Unless there's a very real emergency, you stick to the calendar and do the task.
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  • Profile picture of the author AaronMorton
    Motivation is what people (including yourself) acknowledge you have when you are doing something towards your goals.

    So from that statement 2 things need to be true:

    - you have a goal that you are moving towards.
    - You are doing something you acknowledge as being relevant to achieving your goal.

    If you are not doing anything currently, Ditch trying to manage your time and just do something and then ask the question What next? before finding the next small step to take.

    Once you have become consistent in doing steps towards your goal, then start to construct it in a productive way.

    motivation comes through a desire or hitting a threshold---this doesn't last forever so an action step needs to be implemented asap -----unless this cycle continues motivation does not stay.

    Aaron Morton
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    • Profile picture of the author Daystar11
      Originally Posted by AaronMorton View Post


      If you are not doing anything currently, Ditch trying to manage your time and just do something and then ask the question What next? before finding the next small step to take.

      Once you have become consistent in doing steps towards your goal, then start to construct it in a productive way.

      motivation comes through a desire or hitting a threshold---this doesn't last forever so an action step needs to be implemented asap -----unless this cycle continues motivation does not stay.

      Aaron Morton
      I find this approach to work for me big time; I highly recommend it. Sometimes you just need to GO, get into action, and the next steps will unfold. For those of us prone to paralysis by analysis- this is a good way to break the over planning/fear/procrastination cycle.
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  • software is not a solution to time management. You are. Time management issues are usually not external, but rather internal. First, understand the difference between being busy working and busy work. If it is not directly contributing to revenue generation, its busy work. Busy work needs to be scheduled in tight time bands, as does time for personal development, etc.
    I start every day with one hour, only one, where I focus on making a better me, then the next few hours are straight working to make money, then a lunch break where I review WF and other sites for opportunities, etc., then another few hours of straight work. I always end my day by creating a list of the first things that will get done during the next morning's straight work period, then I walk away and enjoy my life.
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    • Profile picture of the author aderra
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      It's easier to manage your time when you organize by priorities. The best way for me to do that is to have it written down. I keep a list of anything that's a priority for the day or by a certain date. Once that's done, I move on to whatever is next in order of importance or urgency. I keep both daily and master lists.
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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    I completely agree that motivation is great, but effective time-management is an important piece of the puzzle.

    I am somewhat of a visual person who needs to see things obvious and out in the open, so I don't use computer software for very much of my time-management needs. I like a good old-fashioned paper calendar hanging at my desk (where I jot down notes and appointments) and a notepad to write down daily goals and appointments. Works for me!

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  • Profile picture of the author Daystar11
    Originally Posted by AaronMorton View Post

    If you are not doing anything currently, Ditch trying to manage your time and just do something and then ask the question What next? before finding the next small step to take.

    Once you have become consistent in doing steps towards your goal, then start to construct it in a productive way.

    motivation comes through a desire or hitting a threshold---this doesn't last forever so an action step needs to be implemented asap -----unless this cycle continues motivation does not stay.

    Aaron Morton
    I find that this works for me big time. Its especially good for those of us prone to "paralysis by analysis." Good cure for overthinking.
    Get into action and GO, and the next steps will reveal themselves.
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  • Profile picture of the author automedix1
    first of all - I would like to thank everyone in this thread. I think this is a large issue. I myself struggle with this a little bit. I happen to use google calender, because it integrates so nicely with my iphone. You can setup multiple calenders and they all show up. With that being said, this is a struggle even the most organized individual has to deal with.
    Thank You.
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  • Profile picture of the author wieserd
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    I personally use excel, but if you look for "Time Management tools" on the internet you'll sure find some!
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