Little things can make a big difference in managing the demands on our time. This episode is a quick flyover of the things that help me on a daily basis. Here are my Top 10 Tips for Managing Your Day (more details in the audio, of course):
- Write it down.
- Get a head start.
- Do your most dreaded task first.
- Turn off distractions.
- Take breaks.
- Eat breakfast.
- Get some exercise.
- Say no.
- Batch process.
Tip of the week: Make your calendar work for you.
- Use it only for time-bound commitments
- Get all appointments into it
- Use one calendar for all appointments (personal, professional, etc.)
Tool of the week:
shared calendars (e.g., in Google Calendar) – If you'd be interested in a short video tutorial about how to set up shared calendars in Google Calendars, let me know in the comments or send an email to email@example.com.
Some resources for more info:
Getting Things Done by David Allen
On the question of whether multitasking is a good idea, check out my post on Lifehack.org: “The Ability to Multitask Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be.”
Next week we'll talk about goal-setting. Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voice message by clicking on the pink tab at the right side of the website.
What about you? What are your best strategies for staying on top of your busy days? Share your tips and suggestions in the comments, or join the conversation at The Productive Woman on Facebook.
I look forward to hearing from you!