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20 ways to Create More Time for the important things

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If you, like most persons, feel that life has become so fast paced it becomes a real challenge to do the things that matter most, try these tips.

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Keep a time log Report Abuse
If you want to know where your time is going, keep a log for a week or two. Is much of your time spent on less important matters? What is the source of most interruptions. Do most interruptions occur at a particular time of the day, or week. Then, weed out time wasting activities.
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Identify your goals and the activities that support those goals. Report Abuse
In order to make time for what matters, you need to know what those things are. Get a clear grasp of your values, goals, and the specific activities that support these. Write down everything you can think of that is important to you: family, friend, work, education, spiritual health, physical health. Then write down your goals. Line up in order of importance to you. Make sure your goals are in line with your values. Under each goals write the activities that contribute to reaching that goal.
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Keep a daily to-do list. Report Abuse
Number the items in the to-do order. Mark those worth spending more time on. Check of as completed. Carry over unfinished ones to tomorrow's list.
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Synchronize your calendars. Report Abuse
If you have one calendar on your computer and another on your handled device, synchronize them. That way you don't miss out on an important appointment.
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Write an ACTION PLAN Report Abuse
Write down all the steps involved in a project and put into proper sequence.
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Schedule FIRST your most important tasks. Report Abuse
Then it will be easier to find time for the less important ones.
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Set goals over which you have a large degree of control. Report Abuse
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Acknowledge that YOU WILL NOT HAVE TIME FOR EVERYTHING. Report Abuse
Choose the activities that yield the most results. Activities that simply cannot be eliminated, Can you delegate them, spend less time on them? Some tasks can just wait, or maybe really don't need to be done. Allocate as much time as possible to those activities that advance the goals you feel are truly worthwhile.
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Schedule less. Report Abuse
If you fill you schedule too full for a day you will feel rushed and enjoy none of it.
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Minimize interruptions Report Abuse
Block off a portion of each day when you are not to be interrupted. Turn off the phone, instant messaging, alerts, or anything else that interrupts you.
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Schedule the most challenging task of the time of day when you are most alert and energetic Report Abuse
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Do the most unpleasant task as soon as possible. Report Abuse
Once that is out of the way you will feel much more energized to take on the less challenging tasks
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Allow for the unexpected. Report Abuse
Feel you can get there in 20 minutes? Promise 25. Think an appointment will take an hour? Allow an hour and 20 minutes. Leave a portion of your day unscheduled.
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Use 'Transition" Time. Report Abuse
Listen to the news or recordings while waiting or riding. You can 'use' it to relax, but don't waste it.
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Apply the Pareto principle:Often 80% of the results come from about 20% of the effort. Report Abuse
Are approx 2 of 10 items on you to-do list the most important? Perhaps a certain task is as good as finished after giving attention to just the most important aspects of it.
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Overwhelmed? Write each task on an index card. Report Abuse
Divide the cards in 2 piles. . 1) Do TODAY. . 2) Do TOMORROW . . Then tomorrow, do the same thing.
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Occasionally take time off to recharge Report Abuse
Then you can return to work refreshed in mind and body, able to be more productive with your time rather than working over time.
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Think on paper - Write it down. Report Abuse
Have a problem? Write it down. Describe it, why it bothers you, and list as many solutions to it as you can.
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Don't be a perfectionist Report Abuse
Know when it's time to stop and move on to the next important activity.
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Work like a professional Report Abuse
Don't wait for the right mood, just start working.
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