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MAKE EVERY MINUTE COUNT
Most of us are good at underestimating how much time a project will take us to complete. If you learn to be realistic about your time you'll find your stress level decreasing considerably. When faced with a new task, begin by blocking out the time on your calendar to complete it. Allow more time than you initially think it will take – perhaps even 50% more than you think. This practice will help you align priorities and avoid adding in work that is less important and time consuming.
Are you a perfectionist? Do you stress yourself out with every last detail of every single project? If so, it's time to ask yourself, "Is the amount of time I'm spending equal to the final payoff? Reflect on why everything you do must be so perfect. Are you afraid to let go of a task because you fear another task is awaiting you? Maybe you're afraid that you're being watched and judged. Learn the art of relaxation about small things and don't spend time majoring on the minors.
How's your procrastination status lately? If you find yourself putting off making even the smallest of decisions because you fear the consequences – and besides you want to be absolutely positive you'll make the "right" decision – then it's time to stop that wasting habit. When you prolong gathering necessary information and constantly weigh and reweigh all the options you burn up a lot of the time.
The next time you see this pattern beginning try to remind yourself that, in many instances, there just isn't a right or "perfect" answer and, in fact, there may just be two good and right answers to choose from. Establish deadlines for research rather than dragging this process on and on and then, set a deadline for reaching the final decision.
posted on: 7/15/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side
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Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.