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National Time Management Month



February is National Time Management Month, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). The timing couldn't be better. By February, most people have settled back into work, school and life schedules after a busy holiday season. People have had an opportunity to see what is and what isn't working for them and think about changes that need to be made.  Some of the suggestions NAPO give, include:
  • Use a planner to track appointments and tasks. It can be a paper-based notebook, a computer software program, or an electronic handheld device.
  • Create at least one hour of uninterrupted time per day to tackle projects and action items. 
  • Allocate twice as much time for a task as you think it will take. This accommodates for interruptions and stopping to get more information.
  • Break large projects down into small, sequential steps. Schedule these steps into your day with your planner.
  • Group errands together so that you save time (and money) on travel, and the hassle of having to run out again because you didn't plan your trip initially.
  • Delegate tasks that you can afford to outsource. Tasks that you do not like or know how to do would likely be easier and more enjoyable for someone else with a different type of expertise.
  • Work while you wait. Have "busy work" on hand to do while you wait at the doctor's office, are on hold with the cable company, or are stuck waiting for a late lunch date.
Time management is something you actively work on, it won't just happen one day. Take a little time this month to think about how you spend your time. If you need help, contact a professional organizer who specializes in time management.

posted on: 2/20/2008 9:30:00 AM by Brita Bolane
category: Time Management


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Making the most of your Time


by Brita Bolane

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About Brita:

Brita Bolane is the President of pare it down, inc. a professional organizing service in the San Diego area. Brita helps people streamline their lives through residential organization and time management consultation. Brita's first introduction to time management was when she attended college on a full atheltic scholarship (volleyball). She went on to play professionally on the beach and in Italy. Today, Brita is a business owner, wife and mother and understands the challenges of keeping a busy schedule and an organized life.

Brita's Website:

www.pareitdown.com


Time Savers

  • evite
    If you don't have time to get traditional invitations out in the mail, this is a great resource for quick internet invitations. They also have information and suggestions on entertaining.
  • shutterfly
    Digital, it's the way to go. Sites like shutterfly help you organize and arrange photos without having to print them first. They offer free, unlimited photo storage and if you do want to print pictures, you can print them to your local Target store. In addition, you can create wonderful gifts for family and friends in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Sunday
    Sunday is a virtual assistant service. Depending on how busy your life is, this could be a useful service and a real time saver. I love the concept but have not tried it yet.

Resources for Life

  • Martha Stewart
    I am a long time fan of Martha Stewart. Her website, magazines and TV program offer so many different and fun ideas. It's inspirational on many levels.

Tasty Treats

  • TasteSpotting
    Interesting site that people can post food ideas and blogs, recipes or places to buy the best tasting treats. The pictures are mouth watering!

Technology to love

  • oovoo
    I'm a big fan of face to face or internet to internet phone calls. Our family does this and it's amazing how much more you get out of the call when you see the person you're talking to. oovoo is a free service you can download to your computer that let's you have video converstations.
  • skype
    skype is an internet based phone service that let's you call computer to computer for free! Who doesn't love to talk for free?!

Books I Love

  • The Success Principles
    Jack Canfield is the cocreator of the Chicken Soup for Soul series. This is his book on how to achieve your goals in an effective and measurable way. I really like this book
  • Getting Things Done The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
    Author David Allen provides a great approach to managing all your to do lists and how to focus on the most important tasks each day.
  • The 4-Hour Workweek
    Timothy Ferris writes a revolutionary book and makes you rethink how you use your time.


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