Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Effective Time Management Strategies

Typically time management is one of the most challenging areas to master, especially for women. Here are some strategies to consider for effective time management.

Creating your Absolute Yes List

Keeping the ultimate vision of what you want to create in your life and business will help you determine your YES list.

Ask yourself these questions when being asked to do something:

  • Does this bring me closer to my ultimate vision?

  • Do I feel good about doing this?

  • Do I really want to do this?

If you do not answer ALL three questions with an absolute YES then you should absolutely not commit to the request - even if you feel obligated.

Create Your To-Do List the Night Before

Not only will creating the list help you fall asleep faster, you will wake up with purpose and intention every morning. Doing this will keep you focused and productive.

Put Yourself on Your To-Do List

Self-Care FIRST - Care of others SECOND

It's simple: You cannot provide for others and be effective at anything if you are running on empty. Not only will it cause emotional and physical stress, but greatly impede your productivity over time.

Allow for Flexibility

You want to create a daily routine which helps you stay organized, but don't schedule everything down to the minute or you will never stick to the routine. Leave enough time in your schedule to be flexible to change your mind or agenda for the day.

Try NOT to Multi-Task

Seems crazy huh? Here's the thing about multi-tasking: When you are multi-tasking you are doing many things at once, but you are not doing one thing well. If you are feeling the need to multi-task then you have too many things on your to-do list and you want to re-visit them with your absolute yes questions.

Doing things sequentially allows you not only to dedicate your full energy and focus towards that item, it actually increases productivity. You will accomplish more if you are not splitting your attention between multiple things at once.

These are just a few strategies for managing time. If you feel this is definitely your main area of concern, I'd love to work with you to create your perfect time management solution. Please feel free to contact me at Growth In Action ~Empowerment Coaching and Training to set up a complimentary consultation.

Until Next Time...


Betsy said...

Suzy, you've done it again! Wow, what a great post. I think those questions are a great way to make sure you're saying "yes" to what is really important!

Thanks for the tips!!


Rebekah said...

We all need to be conscious of time, don't we... the computer can take over your life!

Betsy said...

Suzy, here is the link to the 4FabMoms blog where I posted about your Time Management post! http://4fabmoms.blogspot.com/2007/07/tuesdays-efficiency-tip_17.html

Thanks again!!


Betsy said...

Hey Suzy! You have been Tagged by the 4FabMoms. Check it out!!

Suzy Strempke said...

Thanks you guys for all your love!