by Gail B
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Hey, warriors! I was wondering how do you budget your time? Juggling multiple work loads and still take care of the household? Your suggestions and feedback will be highly appreciated.
#management #time
  • Profile picture of the author Calgary SEO
    I'd be interested in hearing answers to this too. I don't balance all my workload well yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author BugHo
    I prioritize my tasks list first, and put 55 min per hour onto the top task. The other 5 min for resting, before the next hour.
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  • Profile picture of the author Natniszakov
    You should write a "to do list" not just the activities, but schedule them very well, and try to accomplish al of them.
    Keep in mind that you have to think about the things that you can actually do. I'm telling you this because sometimes we just write a bunch of stuff not thinking about the real possibilities and time that we have to accomplish everyone of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author JF Garsula
    You guys will LOVE THIS! The WORLD CLASS MARKETING GENIUS shared a talk on his mastery stuff. I'm not sure if its okay to post it here. I guess time management is something that we should learn to master.

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  • Profile picture of the author Linkology
    Originally Posted by Gail B View Post

    Hey, warriors! I was wondering how do you budget your time? Juggling multiple work loads and still take care of the household? Your suggestions and feedback will be highly appreciated.
    You might enjoy this Gail, I did-
    26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I'd Known at 20
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  • Profile picture of the author icemonkey9
    These are all great suggestions. One trick that hasn't been mentioned is using a calendar program. There's a great one in Google Calendar that's free and tied to your gmail account. Make that to do list (+1 to Nat) and then schedule those tasks into your calendar. Be rigid about where you spend your time and prioritize with the critical stuff first!
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    Personally I manage actions instead of time. I loosely work from the GTD strategies. Only hard commitments (meetings, DR appointment, conference call, etc) get listed on my calendar with a time and date. Only projects, events or actions that have a hard deadline are put on the "daily" list or calendar.

    Something like "X Birthday" goes on the calendar.
    "Lunch with AB @Noon the 20th" goes in the time slot for that date.
    "Trim trees along pathway" goes on an @Home list that has no date or time assigned. I do it when the opportunity or mood arises.

    Very few things are places on my calendar these days, because my work is fairly fluid.
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  • Profile picture of the author ramcon
    Yes, a to-do list can be useful. But for me, I get pressured looking at my to-do list. What I do is I just divide my time. Hours for work then hours for family. Don't pressure yourself, just be happy because at least you get to spend your time on useful and important things.
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  • Profile picture of the author mert
    Procrastination! Yes, this kind of attitude can lead you to an undesirable result in achieving your goal, which is to manage your time. The first thing you need to do is to create* an “activity calendar” or “to do list.” On the other hand, the discipline is also important in terms of executing your plan.
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    • Profile picture of the author NoobSensei
      If you struggle with procrastination due to web surfing, you should download RescueTime. It will allow you to block all distracting websites for a certain period of time (which you can specify), and it will show you exactly how much time you're wasting on distracting sites.

      For me it was a real eye-opener into the amount of time I waste, and a godsend in terms of forcing me to fix the problem and stop procrastinating.
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  • time management is important as it was said that "time is gold" .. you can do list so you wont be able to forget things which means important to you..
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  • Profile picture of the author andyredsox
    In whatever we do, Time Management is soooo important.

    It's something that we all need to master.

    I always have a to do list to make sure I accomplish things.

    I also have a calendar for organizing tasks that needs to be done in a timely manner.

    Organizing things that you need to do and managing them well makes you better inside the home.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gracebjorn
      Hi All,

      For time management, I have searched for some software for a long time and finally i ended up with Replicon's time recording software. Its time and expense tracking abilities are simply awesome and it's very easy to use, too. I can now easily compare my expenses and budget to chart an effective spending plan.

      Thanks!!
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  • Profile picture of the author sunnysmiles
    every morning I write down the list of objectives I want to achieve (in view of my short, medium and long term goals).
    Then for each objective I write down the list of actions I need to take.
    Then I find the 6 most important ones (the 20% that will yield me 80% of the outcome) and only work on those.

    To help me stick to my schedule and not procrastinate I use Action Machine.
    It's a pretty awesome piece of software than helps you stay on track!
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    I have a to-do list and set time frames. I prioritize my tasks to make sure I spend most of my time with the most important ones. I start my day with the less important tasks to "warm up" my head.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    I do better managing my time with a daily to do list and focus. Crossing things off the list gives me a feeling of accomplishment and is very liberating which leads to even more accomplishment.
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  • Profile picture of the author TwinkleToes
    Most of us always imagine if I get few hours extra in a day. Oh , it is only a dream that can never be true. But by adjusting yourself and your schedule, you can feel that it is enough of 24 hours to utilize. Follow a routine with opportunity of flexibility. Some tips for time management are
    Set a time for everything you do and stick to that. again I am saying allow some flexibility.
    Make a list of daily activities according to priority. Must do ones or the most important ones should come first. Always try to finish them before others. Then go for less important actions.
    Don't waste time on some activity that is neither interesting nor necessary. Rather use that time for some productive work
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  • This can be taken to the busiest levels imaginable. You might as well say you will be working 24/7 to get done as much as you mentioned in your thread subject.

    Seriously, if we pile the responsibility too high upon our heads something will probably break down. My best tip for time management is to be very careful about work management.
    Doing too much can and will be detrimental to your health.

    No, . . . I'm serious.

    LLS
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    • Profile picture of the author Humir Madrid
      Simpleology.

      It's all you need. It doubled my productivity.
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      • Profile picture of the author sunnysmiles
        Originally Posted by Humir Madrid View Post

        Simpleology.

        It's all you need. It doubled my productivity.
        yeah, simpleology is great and I was using it every day, but I just really dislike the interface and that was such a turn off that I am no longer using it.
        I know they got to version 5, but it's still ugly, in my opinion!
        What do you think?
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        • Profile picture of the author Humir Madrid
          Originally Posted by sunnysmiles View Post

          yeah, simpleology is great and I was using it every day, but I just really dislike the interface and that was such a turn off that I am no longer using it.
          I know they got to version 5, but it's still ugly, in my opinion!
          What do you think?
          I don't see anything wrong with the interface. Even if I didn't like it, as long as it improves my productivity, I'd still be using it.

          What belt are you on before you stopped using it?
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          • Profile picture of the author sunnysmiles
            I used it for years, but I stopped using it just about when they introduced the Belts. I still think it's a great tool but I found it too cumbersome to work. Just a general feeling! Things like the backwards planner... great tool but not well integrated in the whole system. I'll probably go back to using it at some point.
            It was surely helpful to get me on a good routine when I started!!

            Originally Posted by Humir Madrid View Post

            I don't see anything wrong with the interface. Even if I didn't like it, as long as it improves my productivity, I'd still be using it.

            What belt are you on before you stopped using it?
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    I organize tasks shortest to longest. I'd rather get 10 quick things out of the way, then have the rest of the day to work on one or two big things than spend all day on one or two big things and still have 10 things left to do.

    I also try to stack tasks that have waiting periods and get those out of the way early. Take Laundry for example, it's a "long task" in that it takes an hour or more, but your actual labor time is virtually nothing... so start that first because you can be doing other things while the machine is doing the work, instead of waiting until the end or middle of the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author hngems
    I always think that had I been given few hours extra in a day. Oh , it is only a dream that can never be true. But by adjusting yourself and your schedule, you can feel that it is enough of 24 hours to utilize. Follow a routine with opportunity of flexibility. Some tips for time management are
    Set a time for everything you do and stick to that. again I am saying allow some flexibility.
    Make a list of daily activities according to priority. Must do ones or the most important ones should come first. Always try to finish them before others. Then go for less important actions.
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  • Profile picture of the author elvisg
    This is a tricky one but a very important topic to boot. First of all you need to know that we can never manage time. People go on about time management, but the only thing you can manage is the activities in the day. You will never manage time, but you will easily manage the activities to choose to do in a 24 hour period.
    I found the best way to manage you activities is to write out your list of activities you need to get done the night before. This way, when you get up in the morning, you will be ready to go.
    Most people do the opposite. They get up in the morning and then decide what they are going to do for the day. By the time they have decided what task they are going to tackle first, and hour or more has gone by, and there goes your time.
    Rank your "to do list" with the toughest tasks first, and the easiest tasks last. This way there is a much higher chance you will get the difficult stuff out of the way while you are still fresh in the morning. No body wants to do difficult strenuous tasks in the afternoon. if you don't tackle the tricky jobs in the morning, there is a good chance they wont get done later on in the day.
    That's just my opinion, hope this helps, great question!
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  • Profile picture of the author joesfortune
    You are obviously a mother? I have always been a time-management fanatic. But I have also never been a mother and a housewife. I would say start looking at the hours available to you do things. Then look at the things you do within those hours, identify them to priority and strike out those that don't give you the most results/benefits per unit of time. How is that?
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  • Profile picture of the author Djeims
    I asked the same question 82 experts
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  • Profile picture of the author gingerninjas
    Hi!

    Achieving and maintaining good time management skills will allow the pressure of deadlines to decrease and, more importantly, your stress levels to drop! You will become more productive and have more time to recharge your batteries which will further reduce stress and anxiety.

    There are a few things that work best for me which I would be happy to share. The first one is making a list. I keep my lists attainable and not too long. Things that don't get completed at the end of the day are put to the top of my list for tomorrow. You may even want to have three different lists for personal, home and work. I use online programs like insightly and if I am running behind I update them and move around priorities to suit my availability and time restraints.

    Secondly, I set deadlines and try best to stick to them. I try and set my deadline a few days before the task has to be completed. This gives me a few days grace in case something does pop up and gets in the way. Stuff is always going to pop up and life will always happen, so don't be too hard on yourself and I always find that if I am running a tad behind, a quick phone call or email to the client giving them the heads up is fine and they appreciate the update.

    I believe I am much more productive if I am truly focused and concentrate on the one thing at a time. While I can multitask, if I work in short blocks of time on specific tasks and tick them off in bite size pieces it works for me and I get less distracted.

    And last but certainly not least, reward yourself with a break! In any way you want, but I have found that working from home it can be easy not to reward yourself with a break because there is always something that needs to be done. I have found that putting some time aside for me and recharging my batteries allows me to be more productive in my work life and a happier partner and parent.

    Best of luck with your time management and finding that work/life balance that we are all trying to achieve. It's not easy, and when you find what works for you it will help in all areas of your life I am sure.
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