This month's topic is "Time management: How do we organize our working time"
So what exactly is time management? Wikipedia defines it as "the act or process of exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase efficiency or productivity".
One of my favorite sayings that helps me with time management is "work smarter, not harder". And so I look for ways to not waste time. I am a very focused person. My husband says " you are the most focused person I know". When I make a plan and want to achieve it, that is what my mind concentrates on. I definitely don't prevaricate and put off until tomorrow what I can do today.
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There are few hints that help me with my time management:
- Blogging.One important thing that has changed my productivity significantly is blogging. At the beginning of 2010 I decided to blog every day and I did that all last year and am continuing this year too. This really encourages me to create new things. I want to have something to share with my blog readers each day and thus, I work at finishing off new pieces. Some weeks when I know I will be out of the studio for a few days, I make sure that first day is a day when I finish lots of things so I have something to share each day on the blog. I like it. It really keeps me going and gives me a push to continually create something new.
- Lists. Something that does help in my productivity- especially in encouraging me to do tasks that I am not keen on, is writing lists. I don't do it all the time, but when I realize I have a few things that should have been done and I am reluctant to do them - I write a list and sure enough - it gets done and checked off the list in no time! It's a great prompter for those unwanted tasks.
- Get sales packaged first thing. Whatever my week or day looks like, one thing that I always strive for is that I try to get my orders ready to be mailed or shipped first thing in the morning. Many days of the week I have to leave the house by 9am so my goal is always to get my sales for that day all ready and packaged up before 9am so that while I am out, I can call into the post office and send then off. This is especially important as most of my sales are to Europe so I need to visit the post office rather than just put them in a mail box. Not only does this get me organized, but it is also encouraging because by the time I have had breakfast, I have already achieved something. As an aside, I recently read that for people suffering from depression, one of the best things you can do is try to achieve something before breakfast. It doesn't have to be big, or difficult - just something. Then at the end of the day, if everything else went badly, at least you can look back and see that you got something done! That wasn't what prompted me - but it does have the same effect.
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