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Time management can be easy! Fact! Lets keep it simple and start with 3 top time management tips.

Time Management Tip 1 - a day is 24 hours long.

Time Management Tip 2 we spend about 10-12 hours a day being a human. Sleeping, eating, relaxing and other basic needs take their fair share of our precious time. Thats at least 40% of each and every day simply to keep us going.

Time Management Tip 3 the remaining 50-60% of our time is ours to do with as we please. What we do with this time is entirely our choice.

Okay, okay, so most of us have to work to pay our way. But we can still make choices about how we spend this time.

Some time management tips are geared to saving a few minutes here and maybe an hour or two there, but honestly, have you made better use of the time saved? Or have you just crammed in another activity?

Theres a well-known story about how to fill a bucket, and to save you time :>) here is the condensed version.

To fill your bucket, first you put in the rocks. Is your bucket full? No, you can fit in some pebbles. Is your bucket full? No, you can fit in some sand. Is your bucket full? No, you can fit in some water.

What is the moral of this tale? That you can always fit more in? No, if you dont put the rocks in first, youll never get them in.

With this in mind, make a list for yourself. Heres one I prepared earlier.

Rocks time with family, time with friends, learning new skill, undertaking big project

Pebbles member of club, volunteering, coaching

Sand routine chores at work, reading books

Water - housekeeping, watching movies, surfing the internet

Decide how much time should be spent on the Rocks. Is 50% of your waking hours good enough or would you go so far as 80%? A quick bit of mental arithmetic tells me thats at least 6 hours per day doing stuff thats really important to you! I would say thats effective time management! (I told you it was easy!)

So that leaves a few hours for the Pebbles, Sand and Water. It doesnt matter how you split your time between each of these activities. The most important thing is to recognise that the small stuff can get in the way of the big stuff.

And when the small stuff does get in the way, ask yourself why is that? What can I stop doing or do less of to free up my time?

Early starts and late finishes, rushed or skipped meals, sporadic or non existent social contact all take their toll. Its tempting to steal time from our basic being human time but give it back! You will reap the rewards.

Time management tips make it easy. Fact! You are in control of your time. Remember good time management is about knowing whats important and doing that most. And you dont need a fancy diary for that!


About the Author

Lyndsay Swinton is an experienced team leader, people manager and  business coach. Her website is www.mftrou.com - 'Management for the rest of us'.  Subscribe to her free no-nonsense Management Tips newsletter at  mftrou.com  today.

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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-01-15 23:30:17 in Personal Articles

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