TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS
Here are a few useful productivity tips from
BOB FARKAS, THE CLUTTER WIZARD,
Make time for yourself first. Your mental, emotional and spiritual health should be your top priority. Then make time for family, community affairs, physical activities and professional projects.
Put your personal and business schedules into one calendar so you know what all your obligations are with just one glance.
Plan in advance but be flexible so you don't get stressed out.
Don't plan too much into any one day
In an office, have a short staff meeting each morning to set the day's priorities.
Have a clock in your office so you can see how much time certain tasks take you to do.
Make being on time a habit. It's just one less thing you'll have to worry about.
Avoid banking on weekdays between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. This is a bank's busiest time.
Make appointments for doctors, dentists, haircuts, etc. when they first open. You'll wait the least amount of time.
Leave yourself an extra 25% of time for things you do throughout the day. You never know if something unexpected comes up and it's better to leave yourself more time than less.
Make a single list of personal things you need to take care of each day.
Go over your schedule each evening for the next day.
Confirm meetings an hour or two before the scheduled time.
Delegate some tasks to family, staff members or professional colleagues.
Establish a routine and spend a few minutes every day picking up and putting away clutter. This will save you loads of time in the long run.
Don't leave things where they don't belong overnight. They will turn into clutter very quickl;y.
Use a safety pin to keep pairs of socks together before you toss them in the hamper. This willl save you time when sorting.
Separate gift wrap items so they don't get tangled or hard to see. Use one container or drawer for gift wrap, one for gift bags, one for cards, one for bows, one for ribbons, one for writing, cuting, and taping materials.
Label all your storage containers so you know where things are when you need them.
Keep a box of assorted generic greeting cards. This ia a great time saver.