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Create a Plan For Running Errands to Save Time & Money

By |2020-11-20T12:51:57-06:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Running errands is something we all have to do on a regular basis. It may not be your favorite task, it certainly isn’t mine, but it is necessary. A little planning on the front end can save time in your busy schedule as well as keeping more money in your pocket in terms of fuel consumption at the least. Due to innovations in technology, a lot of our tasks can be done online via electronic device. Shopping online saves time by finding the specific item you’re looking for without in-person store shopping. Purchases can be delivered to your home, which [...]

Creating Gaps in Our Schedules

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , , , |

There are a lot of people that use a schedule to get things done. For those of us that use them, we all have, or should be creating gaps in our schedules. In this context, they are little, or sometimes big snippets of time between appointments, tasks or projects. If you already have them in place, that’s a good thing.  Creating gaps in our schedules is a good time management practice.  It’s also good for productivity, and to keep from becoming overwhelmed and stressed out. A gap in between appointments or tasks, allows us to regroup and breathe before moving [...]

Taking a Break For The Sake of Getting Things Done

By |2020-11-17T13:41:13-06:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Do you find that you have issues with getting things done? Taking a break sounds counterproductive, right? It may seem that way but there have been scientific studies conducted over time on this subject. Researchers found that taking a break, actually frequent breaks, can increase productivity. A break is a pause in your work with the intent of going back to what you were doing after a short period of time.  It takes your mind off of a task to refresh your brain. There are different schools of thought as to how long to work before taking a break, and [...]

Holiday Priorities

By |2020-11-17T13:41:17-06:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: Holidays, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

What are your holiday priorities? We all have them.  As we get closer to the actual day, or start of the season, we need to check in to see if we are on track to get all the preparations done in time.  Holidays are a stressful time for many people.  Getting everything done can be nerve wracking, depending on our individual standards. Hopefully you created a plan, did you? It’s always a good idea to have a plan. It can be as simple as jotting down tasks, prioritizing them, and then scheduling them in a planner. Plan the work and [...]

Time Management, Flow & Efficiency of Organized Spaces

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Efficiency, Time Management|Tags: , , , , , |

One thing I do for myself on a regular basis, is to get my nails done at my local nail salon.  My nails never were in the best of shape, so I get acrylic overlays to protect them and to keep them looking good.  On occasion I will get a pedicure as well.  It’s a self-care practice that I have done for many years. The other day when I went in to get my nails done, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure.  While I was there relaxing in one of their massage chairs, I noticed, as I do [...]

Dependencies on Others Can Derail Your Schedule

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Humans are dependent on other humans in so many ways. Your schedule is no exception to the dependencies rule.  Planning and scheduling tasks and appointments is an effective way to manage your time.  However, planning and scheduling your tasks almost always depends on another person or persons. When you make a doctor’s appointment, you’re dependent on the doctor and their staff to be available at the scheduled time. When you take off work to have a service performed at your home, you’re dependent on that service provider to arrive at the scheduled time. You are dependent on these service providers [...]

Service Call – The 4 Hour Window

By |2020-11-17T13:41:25-06:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

Service providers generally give you a range of time to expect them on the date you schedule service.  Some provide a 4 hour window, others more or less depending on the provider.  As you schedule the service call have your calendar at hand to make the appointment work with your schedule. You may have to move things around or take time off from work to find a date and time that works for both parties. Some service providers have requirements attached to the appointment. For example, they will call you prior to their arrival and if you don’t answer the [...]

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Using a Wall Calendar

By |2020-11-17T13:41:25-06:00July 11th, 2018|Categories: Seniors, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

One thing that all my older clients have in common, is that they use a wall calendar as their schedule.  The kind that have big squares for each date so they have room to jot down multiple appointments.  The kind they can get at the dollar store, or that so many charities send to them when they make a donation. Nothing wrong with that, I use one myself. It’s old school but efficient. Some seniors are adapting to digital technology and use a computer, smart phones, or at least a cell phone.  Those that use smart phones may not use [...]

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How Do You Remember Everything?

By |2020-11-17T13:41:28-06:00December 27th, 2017|Categories: Planning, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

All of us have so much to remember these days, it’s a wonder we actually get anything done on time, or at all!  Changing work schedules, doctor’s appointments, medication schedules, paying bills, kids sports, ‘me time’, passwords, the list goes on… We suffer the consequences of not remembering something in some way.  If we miss a payment, there could be a late fee.  If we miss a dose of medication, our health could suffer.  Forgetting login credentials can take more time to get things done online. Neglecting ‘me time’ can cause undue stress which can again lead to health issues.  [...]

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Behavior Based Organizing

By |2020-11-17T13:41:31-06:00October 19th, 2016|Categories: Productivity, Routines, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

What is behavior based organizing?  The answer is, organizing solutions based on natural habits and routines.  If a solution is created that requires actions radically different than you are used to, it forces you to radically change your behavior.  When you force a behavior change, you are less likely to maintain your solutions. We all have them, even the most disorganized have some established routines and habits.  These routines may, or may not work well, depending on how you organize the steps.  The key is the efficiency of the steps in the routine, in terms of behavior.  Organization equals efficiency. [...]

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