time management http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8081/all en-US The Top 7 Blogs for Entrepreneurs http://www.wisebread.com/the-top-7-blogs-for-entrepreneurs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-top-7-blogs-for-entrepreneurs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_coffee_shop_000079380831.jpg" alt="Woman reading best blogs for entrepreneurs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Time is money. Nobody understands that better than U.S entrepreneurs and business owners. When asked on Reddit about the most painful problems they face on a day-to-day basis, most business owners complained about time &mdash; time to meet deadlines at a neck-breaking pace, time to collect payments from clients, time to keep the company books up to date.</p> <p>Still, entrepreneurs and business owners know the importance of keeping up with the latest developments in entrepreneurship and learning from successful business leaders. For those that can't afford sitting down to read an entire book, here are the seven best blogs for entrepreneurs.</p> <h2>1. Seth's Blog</h2> <p>Efficient and effective are the best words to describe the blog posts from marketing expert Seth Godin. He has authored several bestsellers on marketing, such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0684856360/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0684856360&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WXHTSPV7ZMULTXRA">Permission Marketing</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591843170/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1591843170&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=S77KRX62DUNYSA3C">Purple Cow</a>, and on entrepreneurship, such as <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FA0LAI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B001FA0LAI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=BZOKCESTJLA7JT2P">Tribes</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591846072/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1591846072&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OCBV4XHWH3SZU5BX">The Icarus Deception</a>.</p> <p>At <a href="http://sethgodin.typepad.com">Seth's Blog</a>, you can find tips on many business topics, including how to create additional revenue streams from freelancing, why it's important to maintain high quality at all times, and how to purchase advertising. Most of Godin's posts take less than five minutes to read, but they are guaranteed to get you thinking about key issues in entrepreneurship.</p> <h2>2. Occam's Razor</h2> <p>In his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470130652/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0470130652&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=XBJ67YJCGANGKXDI">Web Analytics: An Hour a Day</a>, Avinash Kaushik provides a step-by-step guide on successful web analytics strategy for your business website. And as search engines tweak their search algorithms on a rolling basis and emerging social media companies rule the Internet, some data and processes require constant revision.</p> <p>At the <a href="http://www.kaushik.net">Occam's Razor blog</a>, Kaushik provides analysis of important web analytics and digital marketing topics for entrepreneurs, such as how to use social media as a business. Unlike other bloggers, Kaushik backs up all his claims with actual data (he's a self-professed &quot;web analytics ninja,&quot; after all!), utilizes plenty of screenshots (particularly useful for users of Google Analytics), and provides actionable takeaways. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging">5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging</a>)</p> <h2>3. Guy Kawasaki's Blog</h2> <p>Known as the father of evangelism marketing for his work with Apple in the early '80s, Guy Kawasaki is a prolific businessman and author. With 1.69 million followers on LinkedIn and 1.46 million followers on Twitter, Kawasaki is a thought leader in entrepreneurship, marketing, and PR.</p> <p>While <a href="http://guykawasaki.com/blog">Kawasaki's blog</a> skews a bit towards tech startups, his writing is still applicable to other industries. For example, he provides insights on the<a href="http://guykawasaki.com/how-to-launch-and-why-scaling-doesnt-matter/"> importance of scale in business</a>, guidelines on how to <a href="http://guykawasaki.com/the-art-of-the-panel/">excel at a conference panel</a>, and tips for <a href="http://guykawasaki.com/ten-easy-ways-to-make-your-pitch-rock/">making your pitch rock</a>.</p> <h2>4. 500 Hats</h2> <p>A member of the famous &quot;PayPal Mafia&quot; (he was the Director of Marketing at PayPal from 2001 to 2004), Dave McClure is a prominent entrepreneur and angel investor. McClure knows his stuff and helps run a fund that makes investments ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 in startups. At his blog <a href="https://500hats.com/">500 Hats</a> (one of the most-read blogs by venture capitalists, according to the Wall Street Journal), he provides an inside view into the world of venture capitalism and angel investing.</p> <p>For those looking to launch or optimize their startup, developing a good understanding of what investors are looking for in a startup is essential for survival. Startup owners can learn what makes investors tick at McClure's current and previous blog (<a href="http://500hats.typepad.com">Master of 500 Hats</a>).</p> <h2>5. Gary Vaynerchuk's Blog</h2> <p>Owners of family businesses will find <a href="http://www.garyvaynerchuk.com/blog/">Gary Vaynerchuk</a> to be an inspiration. In just five years, he took his family wine business from a respectable $3 million revenue operation to a $60 million revenue powerhouse.</p> <p>Vaynerchuk is a big fan of no-nonsense advice and his blog is proof of that. Every single one of his posts provides an estimate of how long it will take you to read it (most reads are under four minutes). In addition of his blog, check out his <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfA33-E9P7FC0AoARnMLvgFgESJe4_Ngs">#AskGaryVeeShow</a> on YouTube in which he answers questions about marketing, social media, and entrepreneurship submitted via Twitter.</p> <h2>6. Kabbage Small Business Blog</h2> <p>When you're a small business owner, you have a lot of questions. A great place for finding the answer to many of those questions is the Kabbage <a href="http://www.kabbage.com/blog/">Small Business Blog</a>. <em>(Disclaimer: Until December 2015, I contributed to this blog.)</em> What makes this blog stand out from others is that it caters to minority small business owners, offering advice on finding funding options and providing success stories from peers.</p> <p>From determining when you have enough money to <a href="https://www.kabbage.com/blog/do-you-have-enough-money-to-hire-your-first-employee/">hire your first employee</a>, to how to <a href="https://www.kabbage.com/blog/webinar/3-steps-to-improve-your-business-credit-report-establish-build-monitor/">improve your business credit score</a>, to where to find <a href="http://www.kabbage.com/blog/11-grants-for-women-owned-businesses-you-need-to-know-about/">grants for women-owned businesses</a>, the Small Business Blog covers a wide variety of topics relevant to small business owners of all backgrounds.</p> <h2>7. Brian Solis</h2> <p>A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Brian Solis keeps an eye on the latest technological developments and their effects on business and marketing. Solis constantly seeks ways that businesses can leverage technology to improve the customer experience.</p> <p>On the <a href="http://www.briansolis.com/#">Brian Solis blog</a>, you will find tips on how to deliver a better customer service experience, such as to stop <a href="http://www.briansolis.com/2015/02/deliver-great-customer-experience-stop-focusing-customer/">making unsupported assumptions</a> about your customers and to deliver a <a href="http://www.briansolis.com/2015/07/creating-truly-personal-omni-channel-customer-experiences-2/">consistent customer experience</a> across all channels. This is key because, after all, without customers you won't have a business.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite blogs on entrepreneurship?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-top-7-blogs-for-entrepreneurs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-books-for-entrepreneurs">The 8 Best Books for Entrepreneurs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-clever-ways-people-are-making-money-from-pok-mon-go">8 Clever Ways People Are Making Money From Pokémon GO</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-internet-riches">Book review: Internet Riches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/using-wordpress-for-blogging-and-more">Using WordPress for Blogging and More</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship blogs books inspiration small businesses time management Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:04 +0000 Damian Davila 1630354 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_ideas_000040220958_0.jpg" alt="Girl with time-management skills winning at school" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want your kids to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent">succeed at school</a> without spending every waking hour with their noses buried in books? Teach them how to manage their time most efficiently with these 11 tips on perfecting that September-to-May juggling act.</p> <h2>1. &quot;Mind Map&quot; Before a Writing Project</h2> <p>You may not have heard of &quot;mind mapping,&quot; but the concept isn't new at all. It's really just a fancy 21st &nbsp;century name for brainstorming, which we were taught as kids. Before your kid embarks on a project &mdash; particularly a written assignment &mdash; have them brainstorm their ideas, outline the steps of the project, and start organizing their thoughts into full-fledged ideas. That way, when it's time to get to the nitty-gritty of it all, the process will flow more seamlessly since all the moving parts will be in place.</p> <p>&quot;The best time-saving tip we know of is when a child has to write something &mdash; a book report, research paper, speech/presentation &mdash; is to use mind mapping,&quot; says Bryan Mattimore, chief idea guy at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.growth-engine.com/">The Growth Engine Co.</a>, an innovation agency. &quot;We have kids (and corporate innovation teams) create a mind map of what they might want to write first. It makes it a great deal easier for young and old alike to first get everything out in the mind map, so that they can write an outline and then more effectively and quickly write the piece.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Use a Calendar</h2> <p>I've used a monthly calendar to roughly plan out 30 days of advance assignments since I started my own business six years ago. I'm able to see what I've completed and what's coming up at a glance, and I can easily make room for additional assignments by moving other items around if need be. I've found this method of organization extremely helpful not only in terms of productivity, but also psychologically as the completed projects I cross off help ward off feelings of anxiety that I'm falling behind.</p> <p>Author Patty Wood suggests taking a similar approach with your child.</p> <p>&quot;Post a big school calendar above the child's desk or workstation so they have a visual of time and their assignments,&quot; she says. &quot;Have them put color stickers for tests and assignments on the due dates. When they look at any assignment, they can figure out how much work and time it will take to prepare and go on the calendar and assign time on days leading up to it. For example, if they have a speech on September 26, they can put an hour on, say, five days in the two weeks prior to the speech to get ready for it.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Prepare for the Next Day (or Week) in Advance</h2> <p>In addition to my monthly calendar, I also plan ahead on a more immediate level, like preparing my weekly meals all on one Sunday afternoon, as well as choosing and ironing that week's outfits. With all of those tasks out of the way for the week, I'm able to sleep in a few more minutes in the mornings and start my days with much less stress.</p> <p>Let your kids choose the clothes they'd like to wear that week, and invite them into the kitchen to choose what snacks and drinks they'd like in their lunches. As they get older, if this has become routine over the years, they'll eventually do all of this on their own (hopefully), so you can rest assured that your young adult is well on his or her way to being A-okay in the real world.</p> <h2>4. Establish a Dedicated Homework Time and Location</h2> <p>You'll have an easier time getting your child to do homework if you establish a dedicated time and location to do it. Once the routine is solidly in place, it will become habitual with, ideally, no after-school fuss.</p> <h2>5. Create a Checklist</h2> <p>In addition to my monthly calendar of projects, I also keep a daily to-do list &mdash; which includes both personal and professional items &mdash; to help me stay on task throughout the day. I try to plan them out in terms of the time I think each activity will take, but that's not always reliable as sometimes things don't go according to plan. Your kids can benefit from this system &mdash; and so can you &mdash; by providing them an outline of what needs to be done for the day and by what deadline.</p> <h2>6. Avoid Over-Scheduling Extracurricular Activities</h2> <p>A lot of kids get sidetracked or fall behind because of over-scheduling, and if that's happening in your family, it's time to take a step back and examine your priorities. Extracurricular activities &mdash; like sports, music, art, and theater &mdash; are important to your children's physical, social, mental, and emotional development, but not at the cost of education and overall well being. If they're doing too much in a day, and their homework or other educational pursuits are suffering, something has to go.</p> <p>Also, as a parent, stay sensitive to your child's demeanor and personality. If they're stressed out, unhappy, or constantly on edge, perhaps it's because they feel over-worked and overscheduled. Check in from time to time to see how they're doing in that regard.</p> <h2>7. Limit Phone/Social Media/TV Time</h2> <p>If you're addicted to social media, the Internet, or your e-mail like I am, you know firsthand how much time is wasted while you're on the phone and computer instead of concentrating on your work. This goes double for your kids whose hormones are raging amid all the traditional school drama that happens from pre-teen age all the way to high school graduation. To ensure their media doesn't interfere with their after-school responsibilities, limit the time they can spend on it by perhaps confiscating the devices until all homework, chores, etc. are finished, or granting them a certain amount of time to be online/the phone each night.</p> <p>You probably won't win any Parent of the Year awards in their eyes, but you're doing the right thing &mdash; and they'll recognize that someday.</p> <h2>8. Set Artificial Deadlines for Assignments</h2> <p>If your child has trouble remembering assignments or just procrastinates (like every other teenager &mdash; and adult &mdash; in the world), another potential tactic to take is to set artificial deadlines for assignments. I sometimes do this for myself if I dread a certain assignment, and I also employ this tactic when scheduling activities with my always-late husband. By creating a &quot;window of lateness&quot; as I like to call it, you can almost be sure that everything (and everyone) will be on time, or at least on the actual, much-later deadline.</p> <h2>9. Prioritize Assignments in Order of Importance</h2> <p>Kids tend to gravitate toward the easiest work there is, but that's not always the best approach to their assignments given that not all assignments are created equal. Some count for much more of their final grade than others, which makes the highly weighted projects a priority over smaller, more easily accomplished assignments. Review your child's schedule with them to go over their projects in depth to understand what they entail, recognize how much work they will require, and create a plan to meet the deadlines.</p> <h2>10. Keep a Regimented Schedule at Home</h2> <p>An after-school free-for-all will lead to certain disaster for your children in terms of their educational priorities, which is why it's in your entire family's best interest to keep a regimented schedule at home.</p> <p>&quot;To best help children manage their time effectively while in school, help them to understand and practice time management outside of the school day; this will allow them to internalize this structure and use it elsewhere, especially at school,&quot; says Dr. Lindsay Popilskis, certified school psychologist. &quot;Agree upon start and end times for academic tasks &mdash; such as homework &mdash; and fun tasks, and stick to those times. You may even set a timer for activities so that children can independently see how much time has been spent and how much time is left for each activity. With all that being said, the most important time for routine is bedtime. Without a good night sleep, children have difficulties maintaining their focus, which will not capitalize on their time no matter how managed it is.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you have other time-management tips to help kids win at school that you'd like to add? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some great articles on things that successful people do to maximize their time, possible causes for your high bills, and ways to keep promises with yourself.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-things-successful-people-maximize-their-time.html">10 Things Successful People Do To Maximize Their Time</a> &mdash; Successful people keep themselves accountable for how they spend their time. They examine how they use their time and make changes whenever necessary. [Lifehack.org]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Lower-Monthly-Expenses-20441848">13 Things That Are Causing Your Bills to Skyrocket</a> &mdash; Sticking with your big bank may be more convenient, but are you getting the best rates? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/05/5-ways-to-keep-promises-with-yourself/">5 Ways to Keep Promises with Yourself</a> &mdash; Keep a daily habit list to help you check off your promises. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0526/Nine-personal-finance-tools-for-learning-money-management">Americans are learning more about food, and eating better</a> &mdash; For the first time, the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee accounted for the impact that food makes on the environment in their yearly set of dietary recommendations.&nbsp;[The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/why-job-hopping-isnt-bad">Underpaid? It&rsquo;s Time To Leave; Why Job Hopping Isn&rsquo;t So Bad</a> &mdash; Job hopping allows you to experiment in different roles and fields, which is especially important if you're not sure what you want for a career. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/hard-to-choose-a-retirement-plan/">It&rsquo;s Easy to Fall Behind on Retirement Because It&rsquo;s Hard to Choose a Plan</a> &mdash; If you have a retirement plan with your employer, choose something with broad market exposure, like index funds. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/05/financial-mistakes-vs-financial-setbacks.html">Financial Mistakes vs. Financial Setbacks</a> &mdash; Knowing the difference between mistakes and setbacks will help you make better financial moves in the future. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/career/the-graduates-guide-to-becoming-financially-ready-for-the-real-world/">The Graduate&rsquo;s Guide to Becoming Financially Ready for the &ldquo;Real World&rdquo;</a> &mdash; Start an emergency fund &mdash; and use it <i>only</i> for emergencies. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/best-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads/">Best Jobs for Stay-At-Home Moms (and Dads!)</a> &mdash; Virtual assisting can be less flexible than other stay-at-home work, but it offers a steady source of income. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/like-em-or-not-dress-codes-are-actually-good-for-children">Like &lsquo;Em or Not, Dress Codes Are Actually Good for Children</a> &mdash; When enforced fairly, dress codes at school foster an atmosphere of respect. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-what-successful-people-do-to-maximize-their-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-time-by-spending-it">10 Ways to Save Time by Spending Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips time management Thu, 28 May 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1438698 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Dumb Little Productivity Killers You Need to Stop Doing Today http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/unproductive-home-worker-458041361-small_0.jpg" alt="unproductive home worker" title="unproductive home worker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you reading this article during your third coffee break or on your smartphone during a meeting?</p> <p>If so, then you are part of the 69% of workers that say that they <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/jobs/salary/article/2013-Wasting-Time-at-Work-Survey-4374026.php">waste time at work every day</a>.</p> <p>How else are you wasting time &mdash; and getting less done? Here are 10 dumb little productivity killers you need to stop doing today, and how to fix them.</p> <h2>1. Reading Email Too Often</h2> <p>Smartphones are great tools and let us keep connected with each other. Maybe a bit too connected. Turns out that the average person spends around <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/the_social_economy">13 hours every week</a> reading and replying to emails. Checking email is a productivity trap. While you may think that replying and forwarding emails is actual work, you may not get any real work done.</p> <p>Some of the busiest (and successful!) business executives suggest that you should <a href="http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/03/22/how-to-check-e-mail-twice-a-day-or-once-every-10-days/">only check your email twice a day</a>.</p> <h2>2. Taking Too Long to Set Up Meetings</h2> <p>How many emails do you see go back and forth between groups of co-workers that are trying to set up a meeting day and time? There are two easy ways to stop those email marathons:</p> <ul> <li>Pick up the phone. Setting up meeting times over the phone is often faster and allows you to skip email altogether.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make digital calendars public. By allowing everybody within your company to check the availability of co-workers, you're cutting down the time spent figuring out blocks of time in which everybody is free. Both Outlook and Google Calendar are great tools to make calendars public within an organization.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Attending Too Many Meetings</h2> <p>A Harvard Business School study shows that people within large organizations can spend <a href="http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/how-a-weekly-meeting-took-up-300000-hours-a-year/">300,000 hours a year supporting an ongoing weekly meeting</a>.</p> <p>When thinking about meetings, don't just stop with your hours. Before scheduling a meeting, keep in mind the number of:</p> <ul> <li>Persons necessary for meeting;</li> <li>Hours required in preparation for meeting; and</li> <li>Meetings with subordinates and/or supervisors to complete action times.</li> </ul> <p>There are two useful rules of thumb to start eliminating and shortening meetings. First, if the meeting lacks a decision-maker, nix the meeting. Second, always have a list of action items. Aggressively go through each one of the action items. If you're done with the list, finish the meeting.</p> <h2>4. Taking Personal Calls and Texts at Work</h2> <p>A survey of 2,138 U.S. employers puts personal cell phone calls and texts at the top of the list of <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/jobposter/resources/page.aspx?template=none&amp;sc_cmp2=JP_Infographic_productivity2014&amp;pagever=productivity2014">workplace disruptions ruining employee productivity</a>. Half of employers put this problem at the top of the list of productivity killers and they're absolutely right. Almost a quarter of workers admit spending <em>at least one hour per day</em> on personal calls or texts.</p> <p>The fix is simple: Keep your personal life, personal. If you were to spend one less hour on personal stuff, you would complete your work one hour faster. Ask your friends and relatives not to contact you during work hours, except in case of emergencies.</p> <h2>5. Gossiping Too Much</h2> <p>On the same survey, the second top productivity killer from the list is gossip. While not all gossip at the office is necessarily bad, negative gossip kills productivity because it encourages CYA behavior, creates distrust among employees and supervisors, and, in the worst case, causes &quot;malicious harassment&quot; lawsuits.</p> <p>Don't waste time talking trash behind people's backs and avoid those that do. Not only will you keep focused on your work, but also you will avoid involvement in messy situations.</p> <h2>6. Saying &quot;Yes&quot; to Everything</h2> <p>Everything needs to be taken in moderation, including assignments from your supervisor. In theory, being a &quot;Yes Man&quot; may sound like a surefire way to get ahead. However, it may actually hurt your performance by keeping you stressed, late on projects, and compromised with mediocre results.</p> <p>Start analyzing projects before committing to blindly committing to them. Your supervisor will appreciate your critical thinking and commitment to superior results. Plus, your coworkers will be happy that you're not a ball of stress all the time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead?ref=seealso">How to Say &quot;No&quot; at Work and Still Get Ahead</a>)</p> <h2>7. Not Sleeping Enough Every Day</h2> <p>A common consequence of taking on too many tasks is that you are not able to sleep as well as before. By burning the midnight oil too often, you're burning your daytime productivity. Studies have shown that most healthy adults need seven to eight hours of daily sleep to be fully rested.</p> <p>Build a better sleep routine and start catching more z's. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet?ref=seealso">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven't Tried Yet</a>)</p> <h2>8. Wasting Time on Social Media</h2> <p>All those tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram pics are eating an <a href="http://www.marketingcharts.com/online/social-networking-eats-up-3-hours-per-day-for-the-average-american-user-26049/">average of 3.2 hours of your day</a>.</p> <p>The easiest ways to curb your social media consumption are:</p> <ul> <li>Blocking social media sites during work hours using the <a href="http://getcoldturkey.com">Cold Turkey</a> app or others like it;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Uninstalling social media apps from your smartphone;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Forcing yourself to crowdsource questions by asking people in person; and<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Using a desk clock or wearing a wristwatch so you don't take out your phone to check the time.</li> </ul> <h2>9. Getting Distracted by Interruptions</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SSUXXzN26zg?rel=0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSUXXzN26zg">Going &quot;squirrel!&quot;</a> too often at work is a major productivity killer.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunday/a-focus-on-distraction.html">average office worker spends only 11 minutes on a task</a> before being interrupted by a phone call, email, or &quot;urgent&quot; meeting. To make matters worse, it takes an average of 25 minutes for the same worker to get back to the original task after each interruption.</p> <p>To minimize your number of interruptions:</p> <ul> <li>Protect your most productive hours by making yourself unavailable for meetings;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Let all calls go to voicemail;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Set your smartphone to &quot;airplane&quot; mode; and<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use a service to pause email arriving to your inbox, such as <a href="http://inboxpause.com">Inbox Pause for Gmail</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>10. Lacking S.M.A.R.T Goals</h2> <p>The best way to increase your productivity is to develop goals that are <strong>S</strong>pecific, <strong>M</strong>easurable, <strong>A</strong>chievable, <strong>R</strong>esults-focused, and <strong>T</strong>ime-bound.</p> <ul> <li>Don't say: increase car sales.</li> <li>Do say: By October 31st, increase the number of sales of Model A by 2% using the guidelines from last quarter's training program so my supervisor can more competently evaluate my performance.</li> </ul> <p>By developing S.M.A.R.T. goals you will have a clear set of guidelines to attain your objectives more effectively and be evaluate more efficiently.</p> <p><em>What are the worst dumb little productivity killers? Please share in comments, and then get back on task!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-sluggish-workday-go-a-lot-faster">How to Make Your Sluggish Workday Go (a Lot) Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people">11 Time Saving Hacks From the World&#039;s Busiest People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-to-do-lists-more-effective-with-these-5-simple-hacks">Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective With These 5 Simple Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-single-greatest-key-to-managing-your-time">The Single Greatest Key to Managing Your Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity distractions organization productivity time management Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Damian Davila 1241960 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways You Can Bend Time to Improve Your Life http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-you-can-bend-time-to-improve-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-you-can-bend-time-to-improve-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/time-78717718-small.jpg" alt="time" title="time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fact: Every day, we all start with 24 hours. Subtract the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, and we're left with a measly 15 to 17 waking hours per day. No wonder we're always rushing around, trying to cram in all our &quot;have-tos&quot; and &quot;want-tos!&quot; But sometimes slowwwwwing down to enjoy the good stuff &mdash; and speeding up to increase efficiencies in other areas &mdash; can add a whole lot of awesomeness to everyday life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-tools-that-create-hours-of-free-time-a-week?ref=seealso">9 Tools That Create Hours of Free Time Every Week</a>)</p> <h2>1. Truly Enjoy Those Things Worth Savoring</h2> <p>Think of one or two things that you look forward to every day. Whether it's sitting outside watching the birds fly around the bird feeder, walking the dog, or enjoying an after-dinner cocktail, see if you can find an extra 10-15 minutes to really savor the experience.</p> <p>For me, there never seems to be enough time between the blaring of the alarm clock and the rush out the door in the morning. I used to blast through my morning routine on high-speed auto-pilot &mdash; so quickly that before I knew it, my coffee pot was empty, and I could hardly remember drinking it. But one weekend morning, when I was leisurely enjoying my morning java, I had a coffee epiphany: Wow&hellip; this tastes amazing! It was a life-changing moment. By waking up 15 minutes earlier, I now slow down and appreciate its deliciousness sip by sip &mdash; every day!</p> <h2>2. Do It Right the First Time</h2> <p>When you slow down, whether it's at work, in the kitchen, or during an argument with your partner, you reduce your chances of making mistakes. How awesome is the thought of not needing to cover a bank overdraft, run out for fast-food when you scorch the chicken, or find ways to tell your honey that you <em>really, really</em> did not mean those things that just slipped out of your mouth before thinking? One of my favorite <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5249709">John Wooden quotes</a> sums it up best: &quot;If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?&quot; Mistakes happen, but more often than not, it's because we're rushing. Instead, slow down and do it right the first time.</p> <h2>3. Be Present</h2> <p>It's impossible to multitask and be 100% present at the same time. Sure, you can drive the car and listen to the radio &mdash; even sing along to your favorite song &mdash; but you can't really focus on your partner's detailed account of a problem at work while scrolling through your Twitter feed.</p> <p>Make an effort to decide what things will get your full and undivided attention. Sometimes full presence trumps efficiency.</p> <h2>4. Multitask Smartly</h2> <p>Many low-attention items on your to-do list can be grouped together to spend your time more efficiently. For example, why not fold a load of towels while catching up on the latest episode of Orange is the New Black? Catch up on Facebook while on hold with the cable company. Often, we find ourselves multitasking haphazardly, which can cause problems. But purposeful &mdash; scheduled &mdash; multitasking often makes sense. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-way-to-make-multitasking-actually-work?ref=seealso">The Simple Way to Make Multitasking Actually Work</a>)</p> <h2>5. Delay Purchase, Increase Satisfaction</h2> <p>You just saw the cutest purse / coolest pair of sunglasses / latest and greatest iPhone&hellip; Sure, impulse gifts-to-self can be fun, but <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/06/why-wanting-expensive-things-makes-us-so-much-happier-than-buying-them/276717/">anticipated purchases can be far more gratifying</a>. Keep a little &quot;wish list&quot; going, and reward yourself with a special purchase when you reach a goal.</p> <p>When you make a decision to buy that certain something that you really want, schedule it for a later time (even later that same day), another day, or as a reward after you finish that daunting task that's been on your list for months.</p> <p>Anticipating the purchase will make it that much more enjoyable once it becomes yours.</p> <h2>6. Spend Less Time on Workouts for Better Results</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/interval-training/art-20044588">Interval training</a>, combining short bursts of high-intensity activity with intervals of slower, lighter intensity activity can help burn more calories, improve your aerobic capacity, and keep your workouts from becoming boring. Add a few sprints to your bike ride, jog or walk &mdash; and notice results faster.</p> <p>When lifting weights, <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/467998-super-slow-motion-weight-training/">super slow reps</a> can improve your strength by creating greater tension and recruiting higher muscle fiber, according to Dr. Len Kravitz of the University of New Mexico. While not all experts agree that super slow weight lifting indeed creates stronger muscles, scripted group exercise classes like <a href="http://bodytrainingsystems.com/pages/bts_programs/GroupPower.htm">Group Power</a> and <a href="http://bodytrainingsystems.com/pages/bts_programs/GroupRide.htm">Group Ride</a> incorporate varying speeds and counts in all of their exercise routines.</p> <h2>7. Read for Speed and Boost Comprehension</h2> <p>Think about all the reading you do on an average day. Newspapers (online or in print), emails, reports, proposals, notes from school&hellip; On average, people read about <a href="http://www.mindtools.com/speedrd.html.">250 words per minute</a>, according to Mindtools. Did you know that &mdash; in addition to helping you read faster &mdash; speed reading can also improve your comprehension of the &quot;big picture&quot; message of the content? Sometimes getting the gist of a newspaper article is good enough, and wasting time on the impertinent details can get you backlogged.</p> <p>Other times, of course, reading slowly &mdash; paying close attention to every word &mdash; is necessary. Missing or misreading one word in a contract or proposal can have disastrous implications! When reading for pleasure, going slowly allows you to appreciate the details of the images the author has painted with words.</p> <h2>8. Shop Fast and Save Money</h2> <p>Wouldn't it be great to come home from the grocery store without buyer's remorse &mdash; or tempting diet sabotages? Schedule your grocery shopping as you would for other activities on your &quot;to-do&quot; list, allotting a reasonable time limit &mdash; and sticking to it. When you grocery shop with a list in hand and a predetermined time span, you can dash up and down the aisles, grabbing the items that you <em>need</em>, and avoiding the temptations that may lurk in the junk food section. Go quickly, stay focused and get it done! (But remember to smile at the cashier, the &quot;rush&quot; ends when you hit the check-out lane.)</p> <h2>9. Make Time for the Important Stuff</h2> <p>Sometimes we get too busy to meet a friend for lunch or a beer after work. Even finding time to chat on the phone often takes a back seat to appointments, work deadlines, carpools and other obligations. But as much as we sometimes tell ourselves we can't afford the time, the truth is, we can't afford <em>not</em> to take the time to connect with friends. Few things nourish the soul like a good, old-fashioned gab session with a friend.</p> <p>Making time to rest, finding &quot;me-time&quot; to recharge or even indulging in healthy routines like exercise are all things we know we should do for ourselves, yet they often take a backseat, thinking they can wait another week. They can't. Give the same priority to relationships and self-care as you do to checking your email and social media &mdash; the things that often <em>can</em> wait another week.</p> <p>Rather than feeling as if we don't &quot;have enough time,&quot; realize that the way we spend our time is up to us.</p> <h2>10. Make &quot;a Long Time&quot; More Manageable</h2> <p>No matter how you slice it, an hour is 60 minutes, a week is 7 days, and so on. But all time does not feel equal. Somehow, an hour in the dentist's chair simply doesn't pass as quickly as an hour of Zumba. Long periods of time can be toughest, whether it's undergoing treatment for a serious illness, recovering from a broken leg, or waiting for a family member to return from military duty in Afghanistan, time can feel often feel like a jail sentence. Even anticipating the good stuff &mdash; taking that well-deserved beachy vacation or remodeling your kitchen &mdash; can seem to last for an eternity.</p> <p>One strategy to conquer the &quot;mountain&quot; of time is to break it into manageable chunks, marked by smaller milestones. Choose an activity to help you mark time; for example, try one new recipe per week while awaiting your spouse's return from military duty; at the end of the wait, you'll have your partner back &mdash; and all kinds of new meals to put on the table!</p> <p>Instead of letting yourself become overwhelmed by what may feel like an abyss of time, manage what feels manageable &mdash; whether it's a day, a week, or a physical therapy session at a time.</p> <p><em>How do you manage your perception of time? Take a moment and share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mardee-handler">Mardee Handler</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-you-can-bend-time-to-improve-your-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-time-by-spending-it">10 Ways to Save Time by Spending Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity anticipation boredom pastime time management Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:00:04 +0000 Mardee Handler 1144287 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!) http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/commuters-466716637-small.jpg" alt="commuters" title="commuters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you take public transportation (or carpool and ride as a passenger) to work, you may feel that this is time wasted. So why not do something that can also improve your life? Even if you drive to work, there are ways to make your boring commute a smart commute. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-commute-profitable?ref=seealso">How to Make Your Commute Profitable</a>)</p> <h2>1. Listen to a Podcast</h2> <p>I used to ride the bus to work before I got a car, and my commute was an hour and a half&nbsp;&mdash; one way! I used that time to listen to my favorite comedy podcasts, some of which were as long as three hours, which was perfect for the entire commute. But there are hundreds of podcasts out there about any topic you can think of &mdash; <a href="http://gettingsmart.com/2013/02/50-educational-podcasts-you-should-check-out/">educational podcasts</a>, <a href="http://www.missedinhistory.com/">history</a>, <a href="http://radiolingua.com/shows/french/coffee-break-french/">language learning</a>. If you can think of it, there's a podcast for it. You can check iTunes, or go to sites like <a href="http://podbay.fm/">podbay.fm</a> for the top ranking podcasts. <a href="http://mashable.com/">Mashable</a> also has some excellent podcast suggestions. The <a href="http://www.nerdist.com/">Nerdist</a> is one of my favorites from that list.</p> <h2>2. Read (or Listen to) Something Challenging</h2> <p>Reading is a classic commuting activity, but if you are filling your time and brain with nothing but romance novels or mysteries, try elevating your reading list a bit. Join a reading group that will help you stay committed to reading and for a nice mix of reading options. Unless you have an eBook reader, don't forget about the library if you don't want to buy the book. And if you're driving? <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Nonfiction/zgbs/books/2402185011/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZFOZZX76VUKWDYXD">Audiobooks</a>! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-easy-ways-to-improve-your-brain?ref=seealso">13 Easy Ways to Improve Your Brain</a>)</p> <h2>3. Pay Your Bills</h2> <p>If you are like me and forget to pay your bills sometimes because you have so many other things going on, this is a perfect time to do that. While many bills can be paid automatically online, there may be a few that still require a paper check. Phone apps can also make it a little easier to pay bills on your smartphone during your commute. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-monthly-bills-you-can-slash?ref=seealso">10 Monthly&nbsp;Bills You Can Slash</a>)</p> <h2>4. Start a New Hobby</h2> <p>Because I'm a writer, people are always telling me that they really want to start writing but don't have the time. Commuting via public transportation provides the time and the perfect setting. &quot;People watching&quot; is one of the best ways to get inspiration for a story or even for a humor blog. As a writer, I'm also an eavesdropper, and I've heard some of the funniest and most interesting comments on the bus. Knitting is another hobby that is easy to do on your commute, and homemade scarves, hats, mittens, sweaters, etc. make excellent gifts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-awesome-money-making-hobbies?ref=seealso">10 Awesome Money Making Hobbies</a>)</p> <h2>5. Get Some Work Done</h2> <p>Whenever I was under a strict deadline at my last job, I would bring my laptop home and work, and the next morning, I'd get a head start to the day by working on the bus. This helped ensure that I didn't miss my deadline. Or you can use your commute to do some of your own writing if you don't have time or the energy after work. I'm also a stand-up comedian, so I would sometimes write notes or my set list for a show while riding the bus.</p> <h2>6. Listen to Public Radio</h2> <p>For car drivers, listening to NPR is one of the best ways to keep up with the news while you are on your way to work. It also makes it less tempting to talk on the phone or text while you drive.</p> <p>If you're more of a printed word person than a radio person, <a href="http://umanoapp.com/">Umano</a> will select the top news stories and articles from the press, as read by other app users, and play them back for you so that you aren't fiddling with the radio dial while you are driving. And it's free!</p> <h2>7. Organize Your Day</h2> <p>Planning your day is one of the most productive things to do on your morning commute. Write your to-do list, prioritize your tasks, or update your calendar. There are plenty of apps that can help you get organized. Or, keep it simple with a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/8883704894/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=8883704894&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=MRUYX6XGQAIUOLTV">plain little notebook</a> and a pen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-productivity-apps-for-really-busy-people-like-you">10 Productivity Apps for Really Busy People Like You</a>)</p> <h2>8. Exercise</h2> <p>Biking to work has become popular in recent years, especially in places that are truly bike friendly. Some offices have even installed showers for bike commuters. A couple of my coworkers who live nearby keep an extra set of clothes in the office and run to work. If you are biking, be sure to choose a safe route that includes roads with wide shoulders. And of course, familiarize yourself with how to change a tube and keep your bike maintained. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-guide-to-becoming-a-part-time-bicycle-commuter?ref=seealso">A Guide to Becoming a Part Time Bicycle Commuter</a>)</p> <h2>9. Practice Mindfulness</h2> <p>While the bus or metro may not be the best place to meditate, there are mindfulness practices you can do that are easy and can be done anywhere. <a href="http://www.pocketmindfulness.com/6-mindfulness-exercises-you-can-try-today/">Pocket Mindfulness</a> has some excellent suggestions, such as observing a natural object as carefully as you can, or thinking about the significance five usually unnoticed things. Journaling is another positive activity. Even if you don't think you have anything to say, you might be surprised what comes out when you just start writing down your thoughts.</p> <h2>10. Carpool</h2> <p>Be smart about your finances and the environment, and ask co-workers to carpool. Even though people find all kinds of excuses to avoid carpooling, there's really no excuse if you and your co-workers have similar schedules. If you don't live close to one another, look for a nearby Park and Ride or another central location with a large parking lot, such as a shopping mall, where you can meet and leave one car for the day. You would be surprised how much you will save on gas and the wear and tear of your car. And when it's your turn to be the passenger, you can break out your smartphone or your book and make the ride productive, just like commuters who take public transport.</p> <p><em>How do you make your commute more productive? Pull off to the shoulder and share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-time-by-spending-it">10 Ways to Save Time by Spending Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-id-love-to-change-about-meetings">7 Things I&#039;d Love to Change About Meetings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-your-commute-is-killing-you-and-what-to-do-about-it">3 Ways Your Commute Is Killing You — And What to Do About It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-your-coworkers-think-youre-a-slacker">6 Reasons Your Coworkers Think You&#039;re a Slacker</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Cars and Transportation Productivity commute time management Fri, 30 May 2014 09:00:28 +0000 Ashley Watson 1141015 at http://www.wisebread.com Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clock-483264955.jpg" alt="clock" title="clock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stretched for time? Nowadays, who isn't?! Successful time management isn't as elusive as it might seem. Creating a &quot;time budget&quot; can help.</p> <p>Why a time budget? Just like a regular budget helps us track and manage a limited resource &mdash; our money &mdash; a time budget can help us track an even more precious resource &mdash; our time. If we go over one of our spending categories in our money budget, we borrow from another account, such as entertainment or food (or from a credit card). And if we go over a time budget account &mdash; such as spending too much time at work, we have to borrow some time from elsewhere, like family time, or sleep time. (Fortunately, so far, there's no credit card for time.)</p> <p>A time budget can help us plan how we use our time, so we are sure to spend it as wisely as possible. Let's spend a few moments creating one. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-single-greatest-key-to-managing-your-time">The Single Greatest Key to Managing Your Time</a>)</p> <h2>1. Take Stock of Your Time</h2> <p>The first step of any budgeting process is to take inventory. For one week, try to keep a detailed time log, noting &mdash; as precisely as possible &mdash; how you spend your hours. You can use a plain old spiral notebook, a calendar, or download a free time tracking app for your smartphone, like the <a href="http://www.wonderapps.se/atracker/">ATracker</a> (the full version is available for a fee). It doesn't matter which tool you choose, just that you faithfully use it.</p> <p>At the end of the week, step back and analyze your time inventory. Take a look at how your activities fit into categories relevant to your life &mdash; work, family, school, fitness, religious practice, community, leisure, or other areas.</p> <h3>Fixed versus Discretionary Time</h3> <p>In addition to categories, look at &quot;fixed&quot; versus &quot;discretionary&quot; time expenses. Time is no different than money when it comes to the dividing line between the &quot;musts&quot; (fixed) and the &quot;wants&quot; (discretionary). Whether you are the parent of a young toddler, or a high level corporate executive &mdash; or both &mdash; there are certain things that you likely <em>must</em> do, sometimes as part of a daily routine, but often on an ad hoc basis (a visit to the dentist, a meeting with the sales team, or attending a teacher conference).</p> <p>You might be surprised to find that you spend way more time than you think on tasks that are relatively low on your priority list, and vice-versa.</p> <h2>2. Create Your Budget</h2> <p>Once you have a better understanding of how you currently use your time, you're ready to move on to creating a time budget designed to maximize the hours of your day. There are a few different ways to go.</p> <h3>1. Use the Mayo Jar and Two Beers Method</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.biz.colostate.edu/mti/tips/pages/MayonnaiseJarandTwo-Beers.aspx">Mayonnaise Jar &amp; Two Beers</a> method illustrates the importance of filling your days in line with your priorities. Standing in front of a lecture hall, a professor shows his students that you can fill a jar with golf balls &mdash; it's as full as it can get, right? But then he squeezes some pebbles into the jar, and then sand. The point is that as busy as you think you are, you can always make more room for the things that matter most in your life, including taking time to enjoy your relationships (hence the two beers).</p> <p>What are your &quot;golf balls?&quot; For some, the most significant priorities revolve around work, while for others, it may be family, fitness, or religion. Prioritize the things you value most in your life, and allocate the hours in your day accordingly.</p> <p>If building your career is most important to you right now, then the biggest (or most productive) time slots in your day should be allotted to work.</p> <h3>2. Use the Envelope System</h3> <p>Replicate the &quot;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-comprehensive-guide-to-the-envelope-system">Envelope System</a>&quot; of budgeting, substituting time for money.</p> <p>The envelope budget system involves literally dividing cash into envelopes for each spending category (household expenses, food, transportation, clothes, etc.). This system works for time, too. You do not need envelopes (seven columns on a sheet of paper might do the trick), but it might be a fun exercise to help you visualize your time commitments per category:</p> <ul> <li>Lay out seven envelopes on a desk or table, one for each day of the week.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Using colored index cards (each color corresponding to a time expenditure category &mdash; family, work, exercise, etc &mdash; write an activity and the time it takes to complete.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Now fill each envelope with what you think will fit into each day of the week.</li> </ul> <p>If the amount of time represented on your cards in any of your envelopes adds up to more than the number of your waking hours you have in that day, you may need to do some shuffling.</p> <h3>3. Use the 50/30/20 Budget Rule</h3> <p>The <a href="http://money.msn.com/how-to-budget/how-much-should-you-spend-on-weston.aspx">50/30/20 budget rule</a> &mdash; which allocates percentages of your income to fixed expenses (50%), discretionary spending (30%), and saving (20%) &mdash; can also be adapted to create your time budget.</p> <p><strong>Fixed Time</strong></p> <p>Let's say it takes you an hour to walk the dog, shower, eat breakfast, and pack the kids' lunches. The hour you spend attending to your typical morning routine is one example of a fixed time expense. Other fixed time expenses include obligations, or &quot;musts.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-essential-life-hacks-that-will-save-you-time-in-the-morning">15 Essential Life Hacks That Will Save You Time in the Morning</a>)</p> <p><strong>Discretionary Time</strong></p> <p>Discretionary time expenses might include lunch with a friend, getting a massage, or perusing Facebook. These times are the hardest to measure (who times a phone call with Mom?), but they can gobble up more time than you realize if not kept in check. One idea that works for some people is to bundle all social interactions &mdash; chatting with co-workers, Skyping with friends, using social media &mdash; into an hour at various intervals of the day. This way, it becomes a more predictable element of your time budget.</p> <p><strong>Saved Time (or &quot;Wasted&quot; Time)</strong></p> <p>Because time can't be banked and used at a later date, the savings part of the 50/30/20 equation is not as clear cut. But perhaps a good substitute might be unpredictable time wasters. Let's face it: It's not uncommon to get stuck in traffic &mdash; or stuck in a conversation with an overly chatty neighbor who is oblivious to the nonverbal clues that you are done listening to stories. These kinds of non-intentional time gobblers are fairly unavoidable; you may as well build them into your time budget. If you don't need all that allotted time, move it into the discretionary column!</p> <h2>3. Live it, Love it, or Revise it</h2> <p>A time budget is a guide. It only works if you stick to it. But it is not set in stone &mdash; and you're the boss!</p> <p>Time expenses &mdash; fixed and discretionary alike &mdash; need to be handled at time intervals that make sense in your life. For some people, it may be monthly, and for others, weekly, or even daily.</p> <p>Accept the fact that life changes &mdash; by season and by circumstance. Adjust your time budget accordingly.</p> <p><em>How do you manage your time? Take a moment and share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mardee-handler">Mardee Handler</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today">10 Dumb Little Productivity Killers You Need to Stop Doing Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-time-management-problem-most-of-us-have-and-how-to-fix-it">The Time Management Problem Most of Us Have — and How to Fix It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-single-greatest-key-to-managing-your-time">The Single Greatest Key to Managing Your Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people">11 Time Saving Hacks From the World&#039;s Busiest People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity budgets productivity time management Tue, 20 May 2014 08:36:26 +0000 Mardee Handler 1139919 at http://www.wisebread.com The Single Greatest Key to Managing Your Time http://www.wisebread.com/the-single-greatest-key-to-managing-your-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-single-greatest-key-to-managing-your-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/desk-476614509.jpg" alt="man at desk" title="man at desk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a day-to-day context, each of us &mdash; rich or poor, talented or developing, dynamic or shy &mdash; is given the same 24 hours. But what do we do with each moment?</p> <p>While we can't change the circumstances, talents, or personality with which we enter this world, we can decide how we spend the hours, days, and years afforded to us. We can choose the path we take and how we will respond to any obstacles that get in our way. The trick is simply to manage and maximize the time we've been given. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance?ref=seealso">The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance</a>)</p> <p>In our efforts to manage this limited allotment of time, we need strategies &mdash; keys &mdash; and the single greatest key to managing your time is managing <em>yourself</em>.</p> <h2>The Supreme Chancellor of You</h2> <p>You are the absolute, unchallengeable dictator of your own life. The amount of influence any other individual has in your life is 100% bestowed upon them by you and can be withdrawn by you at any time. External control is simply an illusion, whether it's your thin-skinned parents offering an undesired invitation or your angry boss &quot;asking&quot; you to work overtime this weekend. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead?ref=seealso">Say &quot;No&quot; at Work and Still Get Ahead</a>)</p> <p>As the dictator of you, you can communicate love for your parents while declining the invitation. As the supreme chancellor of your own life, you are free to decline overtime work and verbal abuse. Your parents might get offended, or you might end up looking for a new job, but ultimately, you are the sole proprietor of your own destiny, and it is always your irrevocable right to choose.</p> <p>So what are a few practical steps for managing yourself?</p> <h2>Step 1: What Do You Want?</h2> <p>What do you want? If you can't answer this question, you aren't actually going anywhere. And if you aren't actually going anywhere, why do you need to manage your time? Don't drift!</p> <p>Do you want healthy, fulfilling relationships? It starts with valuing yourself and only allowing others who value you into the inner places of your heart. Do you want to enjoy your work? Plenty of people have fulfilling work lives, but they didn't get there by permanently staying in a position they hate.</p> <p>What do you really want?</p> <h2>Step 2: Prioritize Yourself</h2> <p>You are the hero of your own life. Prioritizing your own needs is not selfish. In fact, if you don't meet your own needs, you will never be able to bring your full abilities to the table in helping others. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself?ref=seealso">20+ Ways to Take 5 Minutes for Yourself</a>)</p> <p>When you realize you are the most important person in your own life, and that's okay, you stop wasting your time on relationships that demean you. You stop putting everyone else's needs above your own. You stop wasting your hours at a job you hate, or sacrificing 5/7ths of your existence to enjoy two days per week.</p> <p>It's okay to be happy.</p> <h2>Step 3: Invest in Yourself</h2> <p>Once we've determined what we want and put up our personal boundaries against the ceaseless demands that seek to rob our time, we can finally start moving towards our goals.</p> <p>Invest in yourself. Few of us will ever have an abundance of third parties peering into our souls, calling out hidden treasure, and then championing our futures. No one else may invest in you, but you can always invest in yourself. Spend 30 minutes a day educating yourself regarding your end goals. Sign up for that course you've always wanted to take. Buy a quality suit. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-invest-in-yourself?ref=seealso">Great Ways to Invest in Yourself</a>)</p> <p>Take a chance on yourself, and start moving forward.</p> <h2>Step 4: Enjoy the Journey</h2> <p>The significance of managing yourself is that you are reasserting your control over your own journey. Many factors will influence your final destination, but the journey itself is always yours to command.</p> <p>Enjoy your journey. Don't waste your life chasing others' dreams or ideas of success. And when you start down the road towards your own version of success, don't make the mistake of thinking the destination is the goal. Your life is the journey, not the destination. When you are doing the things you love with the people you love, you'll find the price tags involved aren't nearly as significant as you once thought.</p> <h2>It's Not How You Start</h2> <p>Is this the final word on time management? Of course not. But ultimately, if you never fully embrace the concept of managing yourself, none of the practical tips you read about productivity and time management will have significant impact on your life. You'll find yourself in the same place time after time after time.</p> <p>We each have the same 24 hours to live each day. If we understand our immutable authority over every precious moment, we are far more likely to make the most of each one.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jacob-mcmillen">Jacob McMillen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-single-greatest-key-to-managing-your-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today">10 Dumb Little Productivity Killers You Need to Stop Doing Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-focused-at-work">How to Stay Focused at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-time-management-problem-most-of-us-have-and-how-to-fix-it">The Time Management Problem Most of Us Have — and How to Fix It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Productivity productivity self control time management Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:48:23 +0000 Jacob McMillen 1136135 at http://www.wisebread.com The Time Management Problem Most of Us Have — and How to Fix It http://www.wisebread.com/the-time-management-problem-most-of-us-have-and-how-to-fix-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-time-management-problem-most-of-us-have-and-how-to-fix-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/relax-1165160-small.jpg" alt="relaxing" title="relaxing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="font-size: 13px;">You're up to your eyeballs. Everybody wants a piece of you. You don't have time to think, eat, or sleep properly. Everything is a rush. You probably don't even have time to read this article, but you're drawn to it, despite yourself. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-or-really-cheap-ways-to-relieve-stress?ref=seealso">20 Free Ways to Relieve Stress</a>)</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">&quot;Stop the bus! I wanna get off.&quot;</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Does this sound like you? If it does, you're probably among the masses who are over-committed and wondering how to dig yourself out. But before we start digging, let's take a look at the trap you've fallen into.</p> <h2>Pitfalls of Over-Committing</h2> <p style="font-size: 13px;">We live in a fast-paced world, one with more opportunities and obligations than time. In many cases, over-committing is borne of enthusiasm. But it ends up doing more damage than good.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">The pitfalls of over-committing are plentiful, affecting:</p> <ul style="font-size: 13px;"> <li>Concentration<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Diet (too much, not enough, or the wrong stuff)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Substance reliance (alcohol, drugs, even medication)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Sleep<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Mood<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Health</li> </ul> <p style="font-size: 13px;">These pitfalls of over-committing, in turn, create a vicious circle that worsens everything, creates more stress, and makes it harder to get out of the commitment hole you're in.</p> <h2>Getting Out of the Commitment Hole</h2> <p style="font-size: 13px;">&quot;Great,&quot; you say. &quot;I'm stuck in the swirling eddy of over-commitment. Now what?&quot;</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">It's time to dig yourself out. Here's how to begin.</p> <h3>Accept Responsibility</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">This is a tough nut to swallow, since it may appear that we're simply reacting to the hand life has dealt us. But ultimately it boils down to you. Once you accept responsibility for getting yourself into this bind, you can also assume the power to get yourself out. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-break-bad-habits?ref=seealso">How to Break Bad Habits</a>)</p> <h3>Let Go of Perfection</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Become a recovering perfectionist. Although it's commendable to give your all (and then some) to everything you commit to, rarely is it expected &mdash; or even appreciated. Sometimes, good enough is just that &mdash; good enough.</p> <h3>Breathe and Keep Perspective</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">It's simple, but effective. When overwhelmed by your workload, close your eyes and take three deep breaths, remembering that nothing lasts forever. You'll get through this busy time, and hopefully you'll use the techniques below to not let yourself get this mired in commitments again.</p> <h3>Prioritize</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Write down your commitments and prioritize them. Sometimes, in simply writing down your obligations, you'll gain perspective.</p> <h3>Make Lists</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Take pleasure in crossing things off your list. But be warned: Sometimes the top priorities on your list are also the most onerous, so instead you tackle the little things first. Although this gives you an initial sense of accomplishment, there will always be new little things added to your list; get those big things out of the way.</p> <h3>Ask for Help</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Delegate! You may be the best person for the job, but you're a recovering perfectionist now, so let it go. Somebody else can do it, and you're not weak by asking for help. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-delegate-at-work-and-at-home-in-4-easy-steps?ref=seealso">How to Delegate</a>)</p> <h3>Don't Worry</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">It's so much easier said than done. The more energy you expend worrying, the less you have to get through your commitments. Just breathe, and focus on the next item on your priority list.</p> <h3>Sleep</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">The more rested you are, the more perspective you'll have on your situation and your commitments.</p> <h2>How to Stop Over-Committing</h2> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Once you're out of the commitment hole, use these techniques to ensure you don't end up back in it.</p> <h3>Learn to Say No</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Remember that note above about accepting responsibility for over-committing? You're responsible for over-committing because you didn't say &quot;no&quot; to too many requests on your time and energy. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-say-no-to-friends-and-family?ref=seealso">How to Say &quot;No&quot; to Friends and Family</a>)</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">I recently had an amazing job offer in Peru that would give me&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/travel-tips-resources/get-free-accommodation-around-world/">free accommodation</a>&nbsp;for a mere two days per week of work. But my freelance writing obligations are also a full-time job, which means I would have been working seven days a week, without time to actually experience Peru. This seemed like a crime to me, but learning to say no to this job was one of the most difficult &mdash; yet cathartic &mdash; things I've done. (Instead, I paid my way in Peru, in essence buying the free time I so badly needed and deserved.)</p> <h3>Evaluate Opportunities and Commitments</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Once you're comfortable with saying no, you can evaluate opportunities to choose what to accept (and decline). Ask yourself these questions:</p> <ul style="font-size: 13px;"> <li>How will I benefit from this opportunity?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>What is the cost? (Will you pay a price in money, or time, or at the expense of family, exercise, work, or something else?)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>How much time will it take? (Don't forget travel time and other related obligations.)<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If I will profit from this, what is the value of my time? (Work out how much money you would make per hour for this commitment.)</li> </ul> <h3>Face Your Fears</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Why have you over-committed in the past? Are you afraid of disappointing somebody? Losing your job? Not making enough money? Missing out on a good time? (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-techniques-that-can-help-you-conquer-any-fear?ref=seealso">9 Techniques to Conquer Any Fear</a>)</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Before I sold everything to travel full-time (in 2007), I was the poster-child for over-commitment. I had a busy financial planning practice; I was a Rotarian and a Toastmaster; I was acting in film and television, and performing in musical theater; and I was rock climbing, motorcycle racing, and more. I had over-committed myself to all these amazing opportunities because I was trying to quell my inner voice which said &quot;Nora, you're not doing what you're supposed to be doing. There's something else out there for you.&quot; Every time I heard it, I added something new to my repertoire hoping it would satisfy the inner voice.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">But along with that inner voice was a knowledge that the &quot;something else&quot; out there for me involved a lifestyle change &mdash; and I was afraid. I ultimately paid the price for over-committing and not facing my fears with my health &mdash; which became the tipping point to my making the lifestyle changes necessary to recapture my dreams.</p> <h3>Believe Less Is More</h3> <p style="font-size: 13px;">We live in a world of opportunity and abundance. Although the temptation of all the amazing things we can see/do/be is alluring, life balance and managing our expectations is much more rewarding. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance?ref=seealso">The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance</a>.)</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">It has been shown many times over that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156028/">meditation is good for us</a>&nbsp;&mdash; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Why then is it so hard to do? Because it looks unproductive! We're thinking about nothing, going nowhere, and accomplishing nothing. Or so it appears.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Instead, meditation (this act of doing less) gives us more, by helping us stay healthy, and giving us perspective, patience, and the ability to evaluate and manage our daily commitments &mdash; hopefully without over-committing.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;">Although you don't necessarily need to take up meditation, look at it as an example of how less is more, and how we can enjoy life so much more, by filling it with less.</p> <p style="font-size: 13px;"><em>Are you an over-committer? How do you plan to stop?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-time-management-problem-most-of-us-have-and-how-to-fix-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-single-greatest-key-to-managing-your-time">The Single Greatest Key to Managing Your Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today">10 Dumb Little Productivity Killers You Need to Stop Doing Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips">10 Ways to Get More Out of Business Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity over-committing productivity relaxing time management Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:48:16 +0000 Nora Dunn 1133960 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Panic! How to Meet a Deadline http://www.wisebread.com/dont-panic-how-to-meet-a-deadline <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-panic-how-to-meet-a-deadline" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clock-5162747-small_0.jpg" alt="clock" title="clock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm going to make this quick, because this article is due in 15 minutes. Just kidding&nbsp;&mdash; I've got some time. I decided not to leave this work to the last minute. It just leads to a lot of unnecessary sweating, compulsive hair pulling and, in the most serious cases, tears. Plus, it would be kinda hypocritical considering the advice I'm about to give. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-time-by-spending-it" target="_blank">10 Ways to Save Time by Spending Time</a>)</p> <p>Have a tight deadline to meet? Here are some tips on getting the job done.</p> <h2>1. Start Right Now</h2> <p>Seriously. Get to work. I get your desire to procrastinate. I'm all about procrastinating, too. Fortunately, I've done enough of it to know that it just isn't worth it. All that time you aren't working toward meeting your deadline is really just wasted life. You know, the kind where you're trying to be carefree and fun-loving, but really you're just all twisted up inside thinking about how much work you have to do. So ditch your friends, turn off the TV, and dig in. The worst that can happen is that you finish early.</p> <h2>2. Make a Plan</h2> <p>When I'm stressed about a project, my mind tends to spin in ever-tightening circles until my inner dialog sounds like a song by <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RP19fnff_c" target="_blank">The Chipettes</a>. It's about that pointless and repetitive, too. So, when I have something major to tackle and little time to do it, the first thing I do is sit down and make a list of each major component I need to complete. Then I systematically work my way down the list until I'm done. Call it a battle plan. Actually, call it whatever you want. Just do it. It works.</p> <h2>3. Budget Your Time</h2> <p>Teachers always say things like &quot;budget your time effectively.&quot; The problem is that as a kid, I had absolutely no idea what that meant, except that based on the way the teacher was looking at me (down her nose), I was totally failing at it.</p> <p>It actually took me a long time to figure it out, but what time management really means is looking at your battle plan, looking at how much time you have to accomplish your task, and settling on a rough time estimate for completing each part of your plan. When you have a really tight deadline, that can mean letting go of some perfectionism and accepting that you'll have to move on if you want to get the job done. It's just like budgeting your money. The key is to accept right up front that you may not be able to have it all.</p> <h2>4. Find a Place Where You Can Focus</h2> <p>When you need to work quickly and effectively, the last thing you need are distractions. So, when a deadline's looming, find that magic workspace that'll <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shhhhh-how-to-block-out-noise" target="_blank">give you razor-sharp focus</a>. That means different things to different people. In college I often ditched my friends at the library to hit up a noisy coffee shop. Complete silence creeps me out. (Plus, any place that bans snacks is not cool with me.)</p> <p>Find a work haven that works for you &mdash; or do your best to make one <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/setting-up-a-home-office-on-the-cheap" target="_blank">in the workspace you have</a>.</p> <h2>5. Don't Panic</h2> <p>If there's one thing that can derail a rush for a tight deadline, it's letting the idea that <em>you'll never be able to finish this in a million years</em> run you over. If you have a <em>really tight</em> deadline, that one's going to be hanging over your head the whole time. Just keep calm <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-back-on-track" target="_blank">and carry on</a>. It's the only way to get there.</p> <h2>6. Be Willing to Let Go</h2> <p>I tend to overestimate what I'm capable of. Calling it ambition makes it sound like a good thing, but what it really means in practical terms is that my to-do list becomes like one of those unfurling scrolls that unrolls for several feet (the sound of trumpets is palpable). When I have a tight deadline, I have to throw my to-do list away and forget about it. If you're a perfectionist, meeting a deadline might mean letting go a little bit in other ways, too. It's always possible to do things better, but when time is tight you may have to settle for the best you can do right now.</p> <h2>7. Ask for Help</h2> <p>I'm not great at asking other people for help, but you'd be amazed at how helpful and sympathetic people will be if you just tell them how close to a total meltdown you actually are. If you're really struggling, ask for what you need, be it help with the dishes, a listening ear, or just some space. A tough job is a lot easier when it's a team effort.</p> <h2>8. Celebrate</h2> <p>If you've been under pressure for few days (or weeks...or years), don't forget to celebrate when the job's done. It's easy to be so overcome with relief when a project's over that you forget to be happy about it. Doing something fun helps put a more positive spin on all that stress. Plus, knowing that you'll celebrate your next big deadline will give you something to look forward when things get tough.</p> <p>Hitting a tough deadline is never easy, but I've done it enough times to know that there are a few things you can do to make it much less stressful, and doing those things will add years to your life.</p> <p><em>How do you meet tight deadlines? Hurry up and share your time-cheating tricks in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-panic-how-to-meet-a-deadline">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-personal-productivity-ruleswhat-are-yours">My Personal Productivity Rules...What Are Yours?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-not-to-delete-your-emails">5 Reasons Not to Delete Your Emails</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stick-to-personal-deadlines">How to Stick to Personal Deadlines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity deadlines planning time management Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:00:33 +0000 Tara Struyk 980596 at http://www.wisebread.com When Multitasking Can Work http://www.wisebread.com/when-multitasking-can-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/when-multitasking-can-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2591454436_2d316a1820.jpg" alt="A boy in the park reads and texts at the same time." title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's not news by now that multitasking is not really a useful strategy to get more done. If you&rsquo;re working on a task that needs your attention, the task will suffer if you try to share your focus with another task. But there are some situations when multitasking can make sense. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-fallacy-of-multitasking">The Fallacy of Multitasking</a>)</p> <p>Finding those situations requires taking a broader look at what multitasking is.</p> <h2>Filling Empty Task Downtime</h2> <p>Literally doing two things at once won't work well, but there are plenty of situations where you can set yourself up to accomplish a lot during the downtime a particular task requires.</p> <p>Consider what it takes to do the laundry with the help of modern appliances. You&rsquo;ll need to sort your clothes and put them in the washing machine. Then you&rsquo;ve got a big chunk of time before you need to move those clothes to the dryer. You&rsquo;ve got another chunk of time there, until you can take the clothes out of the dryer, and, if you&rsquo;re on top of things, fold those clothes. Planning your day to make full use of the time you have to wait to complete other tasks is a more practical approach to multitasking.</p> <h2>Know Your Schedule</h2> <p>In order to find those pockets of time when you can accomplish more than just watching the minutes tick by on the clock, you&rsquo;ll need to know what it&rsquo;s going to take to actually do the tasks on your to-do list. If you don&rsquo;t have both an understanding of when you&rsquo;ll have downtime and what you need to accomplish, you can&rsquo;t put together the puzzle of what you can do when. It&rsquo;s like having a bunch of puzzle pieces with no idea of what the final product should look like.</p> <p>You won&rsquo;t always be able to fill every hole in your calendar ahead of time. But as you&rsquo;re <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-have-it-all-4-tips-for-doing-more-with-your-time">more aware of how you spend your time</a>, you can start looking for opportunities to do a little more. It&rsquo;s not a bad idea to keep your task list with you at all times, particularly if you can note items that you can do quickly, while you&rsquo;re waiting. Knowing the difference between what you can do in 10 minutes and what will take longer is an important step. Otherwise, you can spend the entire time you have available trying to figure out what you can accomplish in that slot.</p> <h2>Don&rsquo;t Take It Too Far</h2> <p>You can accomplish a lot in the time you spend talking to your friends when hanging out. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean that you should. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance">You shouldn&rsquo;t fight to fill every moment of your day with work</a>. It&rsquo;s easy to get caught up in things, especially considering that many of us have smartphones in our pockets full of things we could be doing right now. However, most of us know when we really ought to be paying attention to the people we&rsquo;re with.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s harder to make a decision to not try to cram in another task when we need some downtime. Just the same, though, it&rsquo;s OK to just sit quietly and think, sometimes. There are days that the best use of your time while waiting for the laundry to run is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-choose-traditional-books-over-e-books">relaxing with a book</a> or even a nap. That&rsquo;s perfectly fine.</p> <p>Find a combination that works for you. Multitask when you&rsquo;ve got downtime during specific tasks and need to accomplish more, but don&rsquo;t be afraid to choose to do nothing.</p> <p><em>What strategies are you using to fill your downtime with productive action (or quality relaxation)?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-multitasking-can-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-fallacy-of-multitasking">The Fallacy of Multitasking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-time-by-spending-it">10 Ways to Save Time by Spending Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity multitasking relaxation time management Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:36:30 +0000 Thursday Bram 969711 at http://www.wisebread.com Can You Have It All? 4 Tips for Doing More With Your Time http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-have-it-all-4-tips-for-doing-more-with-your-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/can-you-have-it-all-4-tips-for-doing-more-with-your-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6829351053_c7b122feea_z.jpg" alt="A smiling woman sits at a desk, walls and computer monitor festooned with stick" title="busy woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I recently started a demanding job as a first year associate at a large law firm. During law school, I attended numerous presentations focused on women in the law, and the issue of time and work-life balance always came up. Soon-to-be women attorneys wanted to know how to have it all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance">The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance</a>)</p> <p>There were many answers, but a few pieces of advice stood out. Such as, &quot;You can have it all. You just can't have it all all of the time.&quot;</p> <p>One woman spoke for awhile about how some weeks you'll be really focused on work and neglect your family; other weeks you'll be more family centered, other times you'll exercise and eat well, sometimes you'll neglect your health. The point was, if you wanted a balanced life, you weren't going to get it on a daily or weekly basis, but in the end, if you were conscious about your time, it would all even out.</p> <p>Another very prominent and highly ranked woman attorney gave some unusual advice after speaking about how to stay sane with the many demands placed on you by work and home and other activities.</p> <p>Here's another: &quot;Just make sure you devote one hour a week to something that's just for you.&quot;</p> <p>This shocked me. Just one hour a week to myself? I was used to an hour or two a day. I thought there was no way I would be that busy.</p> <p>And then work started. And I was that busy. I walked around for months feeling like there just wasn't enough time. As a newish mom (my son is now 16 months old) I felt constant guilt at not being able to play with him more. When I was home with my son, I felt that I could be more &quot;productive&quot; with my time. I gave up on the one nonprofit I was interested in volunteering with because monthly meetings seemed like too much of a time commitment. I couldn't figure out how others &quot;had it all.&quot;</p> <h2>What Would You Do With Another Fifteen Minutes?</h2> <p>And then I read a book that completely changed my perspective. The book is called &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043RT8EU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0043RT8EU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think</a>&quot; by Laura Vanderkam.</p> <p>In the first chapter Vanderkam quotes a Real Simple magazine story in which women were asked what they would do with an extra 15 minutes a day. The readers said things like: take a bath, read a book, play the piano. I found myself wondering what I would do with an extra 15 minutes a day.</p> <p>With those brief examples out of the way, Vanderkam pretty much says (but more kindly): &quot;Quit complaining. Suck it up. There are people out there doing a heck of a lot more than you do with your day and they still have 15 minutes a day to take a bath, read, AND play the piano.&quot;</p> <p>The book goes on to profile people who do amazing things with their work, and still have time for their friends, families, and themselves. Their examples help readers figure out how to do the same.</p> <p>I highly recommend the book, but if you don't have time, here are the four biggest takeaways.</p> <h2>1. Realize That You Have More Time Than You Think</h2> <p>There are people who do a lot with their time while still having plenty of time to relax. The first step to becoming one of these people is stop complaining about how little time you have. Instead of lamenting your lack of time, take steps to recognize where your hours go.</p> <h2>2. Track Your Time for a Week</h2> <p>There's a <a href="http://lauravanderkam.com/books/168-hours/manage-your-time/" target="_blank">free download on Vanderkamp's website</a> that allows you to track your time for a week. When I did this I realized that a lot of my non-work time was spent &quot;transitioning&quot; between activities, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-get-dinner-on-the-table-faster">getting ready for dinner</a>, cleaning up after dinner, getting ready for bed, etc. I also realized how much more time I had on weekends that I could use more productively.</p> <h2>3. Match Your Time With Your Priorities</h2> <p>See if where you're spending your time lines up with your goals, priorities, and core competencies. If not, find ways to change it. (Vanderkamp offers a number of useful tips for freeing up time spent at work, on household chores, etc.)</p> <h2>4. Change Your Attitude</h2> <p>Instead of saying, &quot;I don't have time for that&quot; say, &quot;That isn't a priority for me.&quot; This will help you free up a lot of time on things that aren't actually important. Then, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-living-determining-your-priorities">if something is a priority for you</a>, figure out how to actually prioritize it.</p> <p>While these tips seem simple, they actually make a world of difference in how much time you have in your week and how you feel about your time.</p> <p>The book assumes that you have the energy and motivation for spending your time as you would want. If you already realize you have enough time but you lack energy, I would recommend another book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743226755/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0743226755&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">The Power of Full Engagement</a>.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you feel like you have enough time each week to do what you want? Can you have it all?</em></p> <p><em>This post is part of </em><a href="http://womensmoneyweek.com/" target="_blank"><em>Women's Money Week 2013</em></a><em>.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-have-it-all-4-tips-for-doing-more-with-your-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-straightforward-ways-to-say-no">12 Straightforward Ways to Say &quot;No&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity time management women work-life balance Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:03:31 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 968124 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Have a Better Day at Work http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-have-a-better-day-at-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-have-a-better-day-at-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7264968074_2e4abc2d9d_z_0.jpg" alt="man at work" title="man at work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is nothing like a bad day at work to set the tone for the days ahead, from lost productivity to lost tempers. Enough bad days and you may even see a pink slip in your future.</p> <p>It is important for your own mental and physical health to make it a point to resist falling into a sour mood. Your ability to create a positive out of several negatives can not only keep you healthier and happier, but may also help you bring home more bacon.</p> <p>When things start going south on the job, these seven tips can help you turn it around. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-when-you-want-to-quit-your-job">What to Do When&nbsp;You Want to Quit Your Job</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan Ahead</h2> <p>One reason many people start the day on the wrong foot is because they are scrambling to avoid being late. Being in a hurry makes you susceptible to forgetfulness and anxiety. This can set the tone for the rest of the workday or the work week. Carve out time the night before each work day to get organized:</p> <ul> <li>Pack your lunch so you can grab it on the go. Stock your briefcase or purse with the items you need for the next day.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Place your car keys on top of your stuff so there is no massive hunt in the morning.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Lay out your clothing so you won&rsquo;t waste time staring into your closet.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Fill your vehicle up with gas on the way home from work to avoid waiting in morning lines.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get the kids organized in the same way so it is easier to get them out the door in the morning to prevent them (and you) from being late.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier</h2> <p>Thirty extra minutes in the morning can give you a chance to wake up and begin the day in a better mood. If you are a parent, you get some extra time to yourself to relax, start a load of laundry, or take meal ingredients out of the freezer. These activities will also help you avoid stress after work since you&rsquo;ll have less to do and feel good about having accomplished more in a morning than usual.</p> <h2>3. Eat a Healthy Meal</h2> <p>Skipping breakfast is a fundamental mistake. Not only are you going to lack serious energy throughout the day, you&rsquo;ll be more likely to have a poor attitude due to low blood sugar and hunger pains. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning at the table. Give yourself enough time to eat calmly. Make sure your lunch is just as healthy, and avoid buying lunch every day from fast food places to save money and stay on a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/creating-cheap-healthy-work-lunches">nutritious meal plan</a>.</p> <h2>4. Give Out Greetings</h2> <p>It makes people feel good to be personally acknowledged by their name. When you arrive at work, be sure to offer a greeting to your co-workers. Give them a smile as you head to your desk. By <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mobile-apps-to-inspire-positive-thinking">creating a positive atmosphere</a> you may be able to head off other people&rsquo;s bad moods. Even if you are not feeling 100%, do your best to project a friendly, positive energy in the workplace.</p> <h2>5. Get Stuff Done</h2> <p>Another factor in frustration is feeling unaccomplished. You can help avoid this feeling by better organizing your day. Set a flexible schedule for your daily tasks and stick with it.</p> <ul> <li>Be determined to stay focused and avoid distraction.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Commit to a certain time to answer emails, make phone calls, or do your other tasks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Socialize with coworkers when on break rather than allowing people to interrupt you all day long.</li> </ul> <p>You&rsquo;ll be more focused and more likely to keep productivity levels on the high side. You can help keep the day running smoothly by creating a to-do list at the end of each day so you&rsquo;ll know what to expect come tomorrow. Reenergize on the job by taking a walk during lunch outside in the fresh air if possible.</p> <h2>6. Think Before You Open Your Mouth</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/7-mistakes-bosses-make-that-drive-employees-crazy">Working with other people</a> can be exasperating, and if you tend to have a short fuse, you should consider working on your patience and your own reactions. You can ruin a good day by spouting off when angry or aggravated. Commit to taking a quick break or practice calming breaths when work stuff starts stressing you out. Take a step back and consider what you should say rather than what you want to say.</p> <h2>7. Track Your Accomplishments</h2> <p>When you get better at adopting a more positive attitude on the job, you will likely notice your productivity and accomplishments rising along with your spirits. Make sure you keep tabs on these achievements. Your ability to communicate your own improvements and renewed work ethic may afford you a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/underpaid-here-s-how-to-fix-it">raise in pay</a> or a bonus.</p> <p>On the other hand, if you try and try to make things better at your workplace and still find you are genuinely not happy, it may be a good time to consider your other options by conducting discreet job searches when away from the office. You may also want to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-quit-your-job">consider a new career path</a> in general if the work you do is no longer satisfying. It may be that the environment where you are employed is having a negative effect on you personally, and you may not be able to fix that without making a larger change.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-have-a-better-day-at-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance">The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-jobs-proven-to-make-you-live-longer">5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-reasons-to-quit-your-job">The 6 Best Reasons to Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-a-financial-5-year-plan">How to Create a Financial 5 Year Plan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-maintain-motivation-when-the-going-gets-tough">9 Ways to Maintain Motivation When the Going Gets Tough</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Personal Development better job positive attitude time management Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:36:47 +0000 Tisha Tolar 955165 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things to Spend More on Now http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-spend-more-on-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-to-spend-more-on-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3901154545_b31d749a40_b.jpg" alt="man in a suit" title="man in a suit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether we are focused on saving for the distant future or for a rainy day, we are constantly reminded about the importance of budgeting our hard-earned dollars. However, sometimes you'll save more money in the long run by spending some now. Take, for example, these five items that can save you big money &mdash; and improve your quality of life &mdash; down the line. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quality-over-price-15-items-to-spend-more-on">Quality Over Price: 15 Items to Spend More On</a>)</p> <h2>Your Work Wardrobe</h2> <p>If you show up for work each day dressed like a slob, you may be hurting your own potential to get ahead. Spend money on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-snag-budget-friendly-business-clothes">quality work wear</a> that highlights your professionalism. You may be just the right person for that new promotion, but if you dress shabbily, your boss might think that you won't represent the company in that new position. Well-made suits will cost more but with the right care, they will also last longer. Splurge on the quality clothing, and cut back on your budget for complimentary accessories &mdash; they're often trends that just fade away.</p> <h2>Paid Help</h2> <p>There is a stigma to hiring help &mdash; namely that only &quot;rich&quot; people have housekeepers, nannies, or lawn care specialists. The reality is that if you are spending time doing things you can pay someone else to do for you rather than using that time to earn money, you might be hurting yourself. For instance, if you work at home but cannot deal with the mounting housework, it might make more financial sense to hire housework help to free up more time for your work duties.</p> <h2>Home Repair Basics</h2> <p>It can cost a lot to keep calling the plumber to come back to repair leaks or to hire a contractor to make important home repairs. You can save more over the long haul of homeownership by learning how to take care of home repair basics yourself. Consider taking a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/diy-home-improvement-10-free-options-for-training-and-advice">home improvement class</a> and buying how-to books for common repair jobs. Investing in high-quality, appropriate tools and replacement parts will also help you save money. Don&rsquo;t waste cash on discount or used tools that will likely need replacement sooner than later. Remember, though, that there are certain jobs where professional help is strongly advised for your own safety, such as electric work.</p> <h2>Vacations and Family Events</h2> <p>There are ways have family fun on a budget, but it is also vital to remember how important special events and trips can be to a family unit. Rather than skip the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-budget-and-track-expenses-for-your-next-vacation">annual summer vacation</a> or forgo buying tickets to the baseball game, plan for these events in your budget, spending enough for an enjoyable time. You can&rsquo;t pay for family memories, so enjoy the time you have with the ones you love.</p> <h2>Financial Guidance</h2> <p>If you try again and again to work out your financial life but you are still falling short of your goals, consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-mistakes-to-avoid-with-a-financial-adviser">paying a professional</a> for the guidance you need to get your money matters in check. A financial planner can help you create a workable budget, plan your immediate financial future, and grow your funding for college tuition and your retirement. A planner's years of experience can translate into a more stable financial future for you at a minimal cost.</p> <p>As the old cliche goes, it takes money to make money &mdash; and similarly, it is true that you may need to spend money to save. Take the time to weigh the pros and cons of situations where spending more may be the best method for saving in the future.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-spend-more-on-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-uber-saving-or-costing-you-money">Is Uber Saving or Costing You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-frugal-families-love-boardgame-night">8 Reasons Frugal Families Love Boardgame Night</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-budget-challenge-2016-how-to-live-frugally-when-you-have-no-time">My Budget Challenge 2016: How to Live Frugally When You Have No Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living housekeeping pay more for quality time management vacation budgets work clothes Thu, 16 Aug 2012 10:24:41 +0000 Tisha Tolar 947943 at http://www.wisebread.com Just Start: How Doing Anything Can Help You Accomplish Everything http://www.wisebread.com/just-start-how-doing-anything-can-help-you-accomplish-everything <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/just-start-how-doing-anything-can-help-you-accomplish-everything" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5288241419_b44c00c824_z.jpg" alt="ready to start" title="ready to start" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was sitting in my desk rubbing my wrinkled forehead. I had a deadline to meet, but the only thing my brain was doing was cycling back through the same ideas. It was an extremely frustrating feeling.</p> <p>So what should you do when you get stuck? Well, perhaps if you're asking &quot;what&quot; should you do, you're asking the wrong question.</p> <p>My suggestion &mdash; do something. Do anything. Just start. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/but-i-dont-want-to-secrets-to-self-motivation">But I Don't Want To! Secrets of Self-Motivation</a>)</p> <h3>1. Do <em>Something</em><em>,</em> and Allow Progress to Motivate You</h3> <p>Do you want to know what I did after rubbing my wrinkled forehead and feeling a growing amount of frustration? I went and fixed a broken light in the kitchen. It had nothing to do with my work project. However, when I sat back down, my mind started thinking about the problem in a fresh way, and the words effortlessly flowed into my finger tips.</p> <p>How in the world did fixing a light help me accomplish more and reach a deadline?</p> <p>I did something.</p> <p>Doing something, even if it's not your main task, can give you confidence and provide a subtle reminder that you can accomplish tasks. Doing something is psychologically powerful. It is always the best solution when you're getting nowhere during a frustrating part of your day.</p> <h3>2. Try Starting Anything as an Indicator of What Needs to Be Done</h3> <p>Have you ever glanced down at the 12 items on your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/actually-get-things-done-creating-a-reasonable-to-do-list">to-do list</a> and felt stuck? What should you do first? If you're like me, you spend far too much time trying to decide what to do. This is the curse we perfectionists carry.</p> <p>Slowly, I've started spending more time doing and less time predicting what should be done. I suggest you just start with any item on the list (if there isn't clearly something you should be working on).</p> <p>You know what happens? Within moments of starting a task, you'll know if that's the logical thing to be doing. Perhaps you'll quickly find that one of the other tasks needs to be completed first. Still, you should remember that it was only by starting that you were able to make progress. Otherwise, you might still be stuck trying to figure out what to do.</p> <p>Starting something is always the best indicator of what really needs to get done.</p> <p>Interestingly, even if you start and finish the &quot;wrong&quot; job, you'll often still have the momentum needed to catch up with other tasks.</p> <h3>3. Finish the Task If Possible, But Know When to Move Along</h3> <p>Sometimes <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-fallacy-of-multitasking">multitasking</a> just means we're doing a little bit of everything and ultimately accomplishing very little.</p> <p>Instead, when you start a project, complete it before moving along to another job. Two completed projects is better than ten barely started jobs. There are exceptions, of course: when you get stuck, when you're at a point where you need something else to complete the job, or when something more demanding comes up. Still, as a general rule, start and finish before moving along.</p> <p>In addition, here are three quick tips for forcing yourself to get started.</p> <p><strong>Tackle Your Hardest Jobs Early in the Day</strong></p> <p>If you don't, those tasks are going to hang over you and may even subconsciously force you to slow down, so you'll be avoiding those jobs.</p> <p><strong>Use the Clock as an Ally</strong></p> <p>Limit the amount of time you'll give yourself to decide what to do next and the amount of time you'll limit yourself to work on a project when you get stuck.</p> <p><strong>Save Some Tasks With Quick and Easy Payoffs</strong></p> <p>When you do get stuck, you'll need to have things you can do quickly to get the momentum moving again.</p> <p><em>What do you do to motivate yourself to get started on tasks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craig-ford">Craig Ford</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/just-start-how-doing-anything-can-help-you-accomplish-everything">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-personal-productivity-ruleswhat-are-yours">My Personal Productivity Rules...What Are Yours?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-get-motivated-today">25 Ways to Get Motivated Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wake-up-fast-and-attack-the-day">How to Wake Up Fast and Attack the Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity get things done self-motivation time management Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:24:11 +0000 Craig Ford 942701 at http://www.wisebread.com