The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
Gmail is full of add-ons, tricks and tweaks to help you get and stay organized … and find more time.
From Labels to Labs to Filters, Gmail offers all sorts of ways to customize your e-mail experience so that you see what’s most important to you and/or what you most need to see. It’s all in how you set it up.
We’ve shared a lot about Gmail here on The Time Finder through the years; and we thought we had the ground pretty well-covered. (more…)
When you set your boundaries, you are saying yes or no to an activity or commitment. You are shaping your time and creating the map for your journey through it. (more…)
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Clutter. What does that word conjure for you? How does your energy shift when you hear it? For many, clutter is a chronic challenge – and its causes, as well as its impact goes far beyond mere ‘messiness.’
I recently read an excellent blog post by Mikael Cho titled “How clutter affects you and what you can do about it.” In it he offers interesting insights on why we acquire (more…)
Boundary setting is a skill that is vital, not only to your time management success but for living your life to its fullest. It empowers us to shape our moments and sharpen our focus.
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Time boundaries are key to your productivity and your time success, whether you are a student, an entrepreneur, a small business owner, or anyone with a to-do list that is longer than the hours in your day!
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Finding time to stay on track, especially if much of your work must be done on-line, can be a very big challenge. There are so many potential distractions that can pull you away from your planned work. Do you notice that you ‘lose time’ when you’re at your computer? It’s a very common problem and may well be your biggest time drain.
But don’t worry! Here’s one simple and sure-fire way to keep yourself focused and on track when you sit down to work at your computer: Use a timer!
There really is no better way to create time boundaries for yourself so that you can stay focused and on-track. There are lots of different kinds of timers that you can use – some on-line and some of the egg-timer variety. Both can work just fine; I personally prefer the egg-timer type, as I can use it to stay on track, not just at the computer, but when I’m doing other things around the house and farm.
For accomplishing tasks that require a lot of focus, I like to set the timer for no more than 20 or 30-minutes. Then, when it goes off, I get up and walk around a little bit, or do some stretches. It’s important to give yourself frequent “movement breaks” when your work is primarily sedentary. This refreshes your body and your mind, enabling you to return to your task with renewed energy.
I think you’ll find that your ability to stay on track is greatly enhanced when you work in shorter increments and give yourself clear boundaries. You’ll begin to establish a rhythm that both your body and your mind will appreciate.
Not only that, but the more you know that YOU are in charge of your time, the more you can stay focused and on track. As you use your timer to create and maintain your time boundaries you build self-trust around time management and time choices. This makes it easier to let go of that tempting website that you want to explore ‘right now’ – because you know that you will find time to return to it later. Clear time boundaries make that possible for you!
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Finding time to take a breath can be one of the most challenging undertakings in your daily life. And yet, it is also one of the most rejuvenating gifts you can ever give yourself. So, the question is, how can you create quiet for yourself in your daily life?
In thinking about this. let’s start by reflecting on the recent holidays. Did you notice that there were pockets of quiet? I know that I did. The volume of e-mail was way down, the phone rang less, Facebook was quieter, and it seemed like many people were ‘unplugged’ and living their moments the old fashioned way.
So, how did that feel to you? Would you like to be able to create quiet like that for yourself more often?
I know that I felt refreshed, energized, and appreciative of the break. It served as a reminder that I can create quiet in my life any time that I want to. All it requires is that I set and maintain some boundaries for myself.
Time boundaries may be something that you need to communicate to others (i.e. when you need to unplug or shut the door and have time to focus) or they may be something that you need to assert internally (i.e. when you limit your on-line time or create and follow through on an exercise regimen).
Either way, time boundaries can help you create quiet in your life – or create space for whatever your heart desires. As far as gifts go, time boundaries may be just about the best thing going.
So consider giving yourself this present … for your present … as you embark on a New Year!
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Finding time to get things done – isn’t that what we’re all striving for? It’s a goal we all share – and I am guessing that most of us share some productivity traps, too. Let’s explore a couple that may feel familiar to you today.
One of the biggest traps to avoid, when it comes to time and productivity, is the idea that working faster is going to “get you there” faster. In fact, quite the opposite is true, most of the time.
It’s counter-intuitive, I know. The more stressed and overwhelmed you feel, the more you are inclined to rush. But when you start rushing, you are going to miss steps, make mistakes, and, ultimately, lose precious time. In addition, you may undermine trust or suffer other, significant fallout as a result of giving into this impulse to go faster.
The other major productivity pitfall has to do with focus … or, more precisely, losing focus. Picture us all, in our information-saturated era. We have our blackberries and iPads and laptops. Scarcely a moment passes that we’re not doing something productive. Right?
But here’s the thing – staying on track as you navigate through all of the websites and news items and tweets and videos is challenging. Sometimes I’m sure it can feel a little like trying to walk your 5-year-old past the ice cream store on a hot summer day.
Keep in mind that getting sidetracked and losing focus doesn’t stop time. Distraction leads to inaction. And when your productivity grinds to a halt … that clock on your wall keeps ticking away.
Finding time to avoid the kinds of traps that sap your energy, focus and productivity often involves the opposite of what your impulse might be. Don’t let panic take the lead. It just dilutes and scatters your energy. Instead, take a deep breath, and:
You will be amazed at how much of a difference these two simple, and seemingly counter-intuitive, strategies can make.
Stay tuned … next week I’ll be sharing 5 actionable tips for avoiding productivity pitfalls and keeping yourself on your most efficient and effective track ever. You can do it! There’s a different way to be in your day … and I’d like to share it with you.
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Finding time might begin for you, today, with finding the courage to say No. Maybe your schedule and To Do List are jam-packed, and adding one more thing will throw everything else out-of-whack. But saying no to a request (or a demand) for your time can present challenges.
Sometimes, refusing to engage in low-priority activities and commitments is quite easy, isn’t it? You’re direct and you set limits clearly. Furthermore, the results speak for themselves. You exercise positive control over much of your day.
But every so often, the refusal may get caught in your throat. Your chest tightens, and… you’re just scared to death to say no.
How do you handle situations like this when they arise in your life now? Try a quick quiz to broaden your understanding of how you approach stressful demands. Note how often you resort to each of these actions, using “0″ for “never” and 5 for “always”:
“When I feel scared to death to say No, I:
_____ Push my misgivings aside and charge blindly ahead.
_____ Mutter about how impossible the other person is.
_____ Criticize myself for feeling so apprehensive.
_____ Hint that my refusal is the other person’s fault.
_____ Postpone the big talk until the ideal time, like never.”
If your score is 0-5, saying No isn’t much of a problem for you – unless you’ve figured out yet another self-defeating stratagem to avoid the issue!
But what if your score is higher? In that case, your avoidance of saying No probably hurts you even more than you comprehend. Anger simmers, and relationships and self-esteem become more fragile. Over time, anxieties compound. Paralyzing fear takes quite a toll.
There’s another way to handle this impasse. To do so, you must break outworn promises you made to yourself long ago!
Today we’ll explore 3 powerful questions to help break the chokehold that fear has on your assertiveness. Ask them as often as you need to. And let the answers bubble up, as you listen to each response. They will be brimming with useful information for you!
1. What is the origin of my fear of saying No? Compassionately see the younger you, who had fewer options than you do now. Think how much stronger and more autonomous you are today! Is there any friendly message that you can offer to the part of you that is stuck in the past?
2. What made silence my safest choice back then? Perhaps your course of action really was the best option you had at the time. At any rate, it can be helpful to understand how your current difficulty is based in approaches that once made a lot of sense to you. You are then much less likely to judge yourself as weak. Also, consider how circumstances have changed.
3. How does this fear of saying No trap me now? Seeing all the ways your old promises to yourself hold you back helps you replace your outworn approach with a more appropriate one.
Does this help as you strive to set meaningful time boundaries and find more time? Stay tuned … in an upcoming post, we’ll explore 3 simple strategies for putting these fears behind you!
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