Looking Back: Readers’ Favorite Tools and Tips for Finding Time

Looking BackLooking back is always an important part of looking ahead for me, and that’s especially true as I say good-bye to the old and welcome a brand new year!

Looking back and seeing what was important to me in 2013 and what I thought would be important but truly wasn’t, helps me plan ahead and shape  my goals for the coming year.

And one of the rituals that I love here at The Time Finder is out monthly habit of looking back at the previous month’s posts and seeing what engaged readers most.  This month it’s an eclectic mix of subjects, ranging from some favorite time tools to some excellent advice about dealing with so-called ‘failure.’

I’m especially happy to share our Time Finder Favorites today, as we launch into a New Year and also get started on this month’s Ultimate Blog Challenge!  Hello, fellow #UBCers – I look forward to getting to know you and your blogs! #blogboost

Looking Back at the Best

So, without further adieu, here are the Top 5 Time Finder Posts from December 2013:

IFTTT: Fast, Flexible, Friendly Recipes for Finding Time!  When it comes to time tools that enhance your efficiency and effectiveness, IFTTT (If This Then That) is a perennial favorite here.  IFTTT allows you to create ‘recipes’ that link together different tools and applications, making them work together in ways that can save you LOTS of time.  IFTTT stands for “If this, then that” – and that’s the logic that drives this simple-yet-powerful tool.

Next up is a post with a helpful reminder about where it all starts!  In Heart-Based Time Management Tools: YOU are the Key to Finding Time! I invite you to go inside and get in sync with yourself.  That’s the base for making time choices that work for you.

… NOTHING [is] more energizing (or more efficient) than being in sync with yourself. When it comes to managing your time, knowing yourself – your values, your goals, your strengths and your challenges – stands you in better stead than any number of time tips.

Third on our list was another popular post – and a timely one in this season of resolutions.  Failure? Reframe It and Revitalize Your Time takes the idea of failure and transforms it so that it becomes a fundamental building block for your success. Failure isn’t something to avoid, but something to embrace and learn from.  That mindset changes everything!

12 Day Secret-How to Use One Timely Tip to Make Every Moment Shine! is all about being your own best friend, and creating a frame for doing that.

When you make the 12 Day Secret a part of your life, you commit to giving yourself gifts of nurturing and self-care, and with each passing day.

You are BOTH the giver and the receiver. And this has a very profound effect on your relationship with yourself. Your gifts have a double impact. In and of themselves, they are nurturing; and they also impart the message that you truly love yourself and care about your own well-being. That is the part that is life-changing.

And last but not least comes a great idea to carry with you into the new year.  Find Time to Play Your Way Out of Paralyzing Procrastination offers a powerful and playful tip for freeing yourself when you’re mired in procrastination.  It’s a tip that is particularly helpful for writer’s block … so fellow #UBCers, pay heed!  😉

What kinds of possibilities, hopes and dreams does 2014 hold for you?  What gets your heart pumping and your spirit engaged?  Why not try looking back.  See where you were, to help you start making your way toward where you’d like to be!

For more time tools and tips, sign up for The Finding Time Success Kit in the right-hand sidebar here, and you’ll receive 3 powerful, FREE time tools to help you find your own, personal brand of Time Success!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have no material connection with IFTTT and have not received any compensation for writing this content.

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  1. Catherine James says

    Looks like you had a wonderful year.

  2. I just can’t get on with IFTTT, I don’t know why. It seems like a great idea – perhaps I am just too scatterbrained in my thoughts!

    • Hi Fiona – The way we got started here was by trying some of the ready-made recipes, to start. And actually, I shouldn’t say “some” – start with one so that you can really get the feel of how it works. Then you may find that you begin to have some ideas for other things you could do with it.

      That said, not all tools work for everyone – and the most important thing is to use what you feel comfortable with!

      Thanks for stopping by – and I look forward to crossing paths with you as #UBC unfolds.



  3. This is a very helpful post! Love that thought that nothing is more energizing than being in sync with yourself. In my case, that meant letting go of a blog that isn’t doing well and starting fresh this year. Found you from #blogboost – I am participating this month too. Good luck with the challenge!

    • Hi Valerie – Thanks for finding me via #blogboost and for stopping by! I’ll look forward to reading more posts on your blog (http://learning-happiness.com/) and loved how you ended your first post. It is, indeed, a journey … and we are all seekers. That’s the mindset that keeps things fresh and keeps cloying self-criticism at bay!

  4. It looks as though your favorites are all connected to time. That’s one of the other things we can’t do without, the first being light. Happy New Year to you.

    • Hi Francene – and yes. helping people find time for what matters most to them is my passion. I absolutely agree – it’s something that we can’t do without! Here’s to a wonderful 2014 for you and yours …

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