Working from home and around your family can mean that spending some time doing something for you can be the last thing on your mind. But it is important that you do take out time for yourself so you don’t burn out. It may even make you more productive as you feel better in yourself.
So what would you class as me time? A long soak in the bath with no interruptions, a walk with the dog (multi-tasking!) or maybe a night out with friends?
There are lots of ways of spending your me time but here are a few examples you might like to try:
Here are just some examples of how you could spend your me time. If you have any other fun ways you spend time to yourself to recharge, please do share them below.
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People are stressed.
Work. Family. Kids. Friends. Extracurricular. Community. And more…
Sometimes it seems like too much.
However, the only thing that stresses people more than their work… is keeping up with their work.
Does your time management stress you out?
I often see people whose organization (or attempt thereof) has taken over their lives.
They spend more time trying to be organized than they do being organized.
“The best time management system is the one that you forget about.
It becomes effortless and part of your daily activities and habits.”
Time management is supposed to simplify our lives.
Yet, many people cite their time management as a part of their stress.
Too much extra effort… too many tools… too much planning.
Is your time management too complicated?
Your time management should be effortless.
It should ease your burden, not make it worse.
Time management should be a part of your life, not something you have to constantly get back on track.
Question: Is your time management system part of the solution or has it only added to the problem? Share your ideas in the comments below.
You may have told yourself that you don’t have time to workout today.
It may be a hectic one, or perhaps, it is way too over-scheduled.
However, I have news for you…
You do have time to work out.
It’s up to you, because it is always a choice.
“I want to get into shape, but I don’t have time to workout.”
This is one of the top time management lies that we tell ourselves.
The truth is that you do have time.
What you are really saying is 1 of 2 things:
1- You don’t have the willpower to do it.
2- You are putting something else before your exercise.
“You can tell yourself that you don’t have time to workout…
But, what you are really saying is that something else is more important than your health.“
What are you telling yourself?
Even in our busy society, you can find time to exercise.
You may have to get creative or sacrifice something else.
But, you can fit that workout into your day.
Here are 10 Reasons Why You DO Have Time To Workout:
You do have the time to workout.
Like everything else, you have to decide that it is a priority.
The rewards are tremendous.
Better health. Increased productivity. More self-confidence.
You have to ask, “How badly do you want it?”
Question: How do make time to workout during your busy day?
We have all been in the meeting that won’t end.
(Or the interview from eternity…)
So, when things just keep going, how do you know when to stop?
How do you end the meeting that won’t end?
If you work in a corporate environment, then you have probably been in too many meetings.
Most companies suffer from meeting-itis. Long and never-ending meetings.
But, do you really want to keep your highly skilled, highly paid team locked in a conference room while people debate the outcome of the latest reality TV episode?
Or some other trivial topic?
“The boss may feel that everyone in the meeting wants to hear about his expensive fishing trip…
But, many of his team are thinking about how they are going to finish their work…
And pick up their kids on time… make it to that date tonight… or just get home at a reasonable hour.”
When the meeting is over… it needs to be over.
Ending meetings is easier said that done.
Some companies have a culture where anyone can call a meeting (very dangerous!) and every meeting is considered mandatory.
Meetings should: Have a purpose… be on the calendar with adequate notice… and be prepared for in advance.
And of course, they should end on time.
Here are 10 Ways to End the Meeting:
When the meeting is over, it’s time to go.
Hold meetings to the allotted period.
Ensure that they end on time.
These simple actions will increase your meeting productivity dramatically.
Don’t stick around for the never-ending meeting.
When the meeting is over, the meeting needs to be over.
Question: How do you make sure that your meetings end on time? Are never-ending meetings a problem at your company?
One of the most fruitful undertakings for an internet marketer is to become more efficient and gain more time. Most people in business on the net do not even begin to think about this until they are stretched as thin as they can go. So you need to ensure that you’re on the right track and always work to be improving your time management skills. It’s really not as complicated as people make it out to be. If you need to do something, then you can begin right here in this article on managing your time.
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Keep track of your time so that you know where it is being spent. You can do this by carrying a record of all your activities and thoughts. You’ll know precisely how much of your time is spent on productivity. This allows you to improve your time management skills as you progress. So shooting in the dark should not be an option for you when you’re trying to manage your time. The more effort you put into knowing your own habits and understanding your own approach, things will be blurry.
Even just this one step will help you make your time management skills better. You maybe already know that so many things that we do as web marketers is not the most exciting stuff in the world. What you do each day will depend on your marketing method, so you will do what is required of you. If you can outsource, then that is a good idea but the catch is to have the money for it. What is usually the deciding criteria for outsourcing has to do with losing money per hour doing the mundane things. The clear path to taking your business to higher levels is getting into money and hiring others to help you.
The first half an hour of your day should be set aside for planning. If you want to stay ahead of yourself then this step is important. You can really help yourself by spending that time planning out your day’s activities. You will know in which direction you’re moving, which will help you re-design your activities if needed. So, overall, your goal needs to be making sure that you getting as much work done as possible in as little time as possible. As long as you persevere, managing your time as an Internet Marketer isn’t all that difficult.
Finding success when you are an Internet marketer is all about building a really strong foundation before you do anything else. To do that properly, you need to know how and where your time is getting spent. If you want to get the most from your online business, you need to make sure that you are good at time management. There is a lot more that you can achieve from your Internet marketing business if you simply get this right. Your mind should be focused on enhancing your productivity and skills, while you progress. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and apply the above time management tips to get better results from your IM business.
Here’s a video interview I recorded about Time Management for Creative People at the Royal College of Art, just before I gave a talk on the subject at the college. (If you’re reading via email, click here to see the video.)
Topics covered in the video include:
The lighting wasn’t ideal, so I’m looking a little more sepulchral than usual, but I hope you find the ideas in the video useful.
If you haven’t see my ebook Time Management for Creative People you can download it for free here.
If you’d like me to run a workshop on the subject for your organisation, here are the details.
Thanks to the team at FuelRCA for inviting me to speak – they are doing a great job of providing CPD tailored to the needs of the arts and design students at the college. And they have a cool blog, click here for their notes on my talk.
Here is a trick question, “When do you show up for the 9 o’clock meeting?”
If you said 9AM, you are late.
The 9 o’clock meeting starts at 9AM.
You need to be there a few minutes early.
To be ready. To get settled. And to be prepared.
I used to work for a company that had a daily 9AM status meeting.
The thing was, it never started at 9AM.
Why? Because people were always late.
Shuffling in at 9:03. Hustling in at 9:05 with a cup of coffee. Apologizing at 9:10 for being late and re-starting the meeting.
In fact, the meeting was eventually nicknamed the “9:10 Meeting” because it never started on time.
9:10 was a more accurate description.
Does this sound like your workplace?
Are your meetings guilty of starting late? Want to get started on time?
Here are 9 tips to help you start that meeting on time:
When meetings start on time, they are more likely to finish on time.
They are also usually more productive.
Defend your meeting time and respect your attendees’ time, as well.
Make sure the 9AM meeting actually starts at 9AM.
What are your best tips for getting meetings started on time?
What do you need to do?
I know what’s on your todo list.
Are you looking for solutions instead of talk?
Today, I am announcing TMN’s first time management short course.
It is entitled, “31 Days, 31 Ways: Daily Tips for Time Management Mastery.”
Most of us know what we need to do.
We know where we are not getting things done.
Many people talk…
- I don’t have enough time
- I need to be more organized.
- I need to get more done.
My question to you is…
What action are you taking TODAY?
This short course presents 31 daily bite-sized lessons.
Each lesson contains a hands-on exercise to do that very day.
Each topic concludes with a “Ninja Tip” to help you take your productivity to the next level.
Too many people talk about being more productive.
Philosophy. Zen. Water stories.
I have always preferred an action-oriented time management.
It’s not what you talk about doing. It’s about what you actually do.
It’s not about yesterday or even tomorrow.
What defines you is what you DO today.
With my course, in just 31 days you will have taken 31 definitive actions to improve your time management.
You will have accomplished 31 steps forward in getting your life organized and increasing your productivity.
I challenge you to download my time management course today.
I’m confident that the lessons in this e-workbook will enable you to reclaim your time and take control of your life. I am offering a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied or feel your productivity has not increased.
There are several bonuses for those that take action now, including an upcoming LIVE webinar and access to the private TMN community site.
(See the course details by clicking the book below.)
So, what are you waiting for?
Take action today. And take control of your life and time management.
What are your biggest time management challenges?