Time management was not something I used to think about. I worked at two jobs, and just about every minute of my day was accounted for. During the day I was a classroom teacher, and after school, weekends, and holidays I was working in real estate. When I did have some time to myself, I would watch television, go to the movies, or simply sit down and read a book.
At the end of 2005 I came online, and suddenly I was having to make a schedule for myself and plan out every hour of my day. Soon I found that I was not getting very much accomplished, and that the days would seem to just fly by.
Now I am more organized, and can get more done in a shorter period of time. If I had known how to do this much sooner, my business would have taken off much faster.
In order to make the best use of your time, decide what you will be doing before you do it. For example, I know that I intend to post to my blog about five times each week, so I have a list of topics and ideas to use when I sit down to post. I also know that I will be consulting with clients for three or four hours each week, so I make those appointments well in advance. This way I am able to plan accordingly. This also allows for some down time, where I can spend time with family and friends when I choose to. Sometimes this is in the middle of the day, a luxury I could never have done in the past.
Get organized, manage your time, and watch how efficient you will become. It’s all about planning in advance, and it is well worth the effort. Check out the Special Report I have written with Dr. Jeanette Cates. She is an expert in the fields of time management and organization.