Setting Boundaries Reshapes Your Life Powerfully

Setting boundaries is not about creating barriers. Quite to the contrary, it’s a time skill that is fundamentally about honoring yourself, your goals and values, and your relationships. And when you think about it that way, you can see how setting boundaries is one of the most important time choices you can make. That’s because boundaries…

Reviewing Your To-Do List Keeps It Fresh and Useful

Reviewing your to-do list is an excellent way to keep it fresh and relevant to your needs and goals. This review is always time well spent. No matter what you’ve accomplished (or not accomplished) in your day, reviewing your to-do list gives you important perspective. It also grounds you firmly in reality, and this is…

Chunked Planning for Increased Focus — Here’s Part 2

Finding time to get everything done that you need to is a perennial challenge. And a time tool that I call ‘Chunked Planning’ gives you a big boost in your time management efforts. In my last post, I explored some of the ways that you can allow yourself much more flexibility in your day by…

What’s a Time Cushion? Well, Read This and Find Out.

If you’re someone who sews, I know you’ve heard of a pin cushion. But have you ever heard of a time cushion? Creating a time cushion for yourself is a powerful tool for reducing stress. How? Well, working ahead and creating a time cushion is your key to managing your time. This is especially true when…

That Warm Bath is NOT an Indulgence — Self-Care is Your Job, Too

Whether it’s a warm bath or getting to bed on time, self-care is key to your time success. But how often do you see your self-care as self-indulgence? Finding time to manage competing needs and competing priorities is a challenge that we face every day in our busy lives.  Sometimes we rebel against the choices…

Work Ahead to Reduce Your Stress and Save Time

When you work ahead, you immediately give yourself a stress-reducing cushion. It’s a vital time management key, especially if you often work under pressure. Why? Well, for one thing, when the unexpected hits, managing your tasks and priorities can be a big challenge. Here’s one recent example that hit close to home: An unexpected disruption here at…

Sleep Giving You the Run-Around? Well, Here’s What Helps…

Sleep is like water. Without it, you can’t sustain life for very long. And yet sleep is elusive for lots of us. Last night I had a hard time getting to sleep. We’ve had to have our faithful, 30-year old furnace replaced. That’s disrupted just about everything. Between the noise, the smells, and things being topsy-turvy,…