Have you ever wondered how other people seem to get so much more done in a day than you do? Do you feel like you are working longer hours, yet never seem to complete a fraction of the items on your "To Do" list? When was the last time you were so ahead of schedule that you weren't quite sure what to do next? Or do you feel like you will never get caught up no matter how hard you try?
You are not alone. The good news is that time management is not rocket science. By practicing a few basic time management principles, you can control your time instead of letting it control you. Time management is basically self management. It's easier than you think.
Did you know that 80% of the things you get done are accomplished in 20% of the time you spend working? So what are you doing the other 80% of the time? I don't know, but here is what you should be doing:
Let me illustrate. Would you miss a doctor's appointment, an important client or a social engagement? Of course not, because you blocked out the time in your schedule. The same thing should be true for important work activities as well! This is one of the most overlooked principles of time management and the key to your success.
Where you will be in three to five years from now depends on what you are doing today, tomorrow and next week. We make conscious and unconscious decisions about how we spend our time every hour of the day. I challenge you to make the right ones and make each minute count!
Barry J. Izsak is the President of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and has been helping residential and corporate clients nationwide get organized since 1996. He is the author of Organize Your Garage in No Time (Que Publishing), founder of ArrangingItAll.com in Austin, Texas and an authorized consultant for the revolutionary software, Liplinger's Taming the Paper Tiger(r). Reprinted with permission of the HousekeepingChannel.com. copyright 2004 Barry J. Izsak All rights reserved
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