Techniques and strategies to maximize your time using checklists and systems.

How to Prepare for When “Life Happens”

What happens when your typical routine gets disrupted? Here's a scenario . . . You've created a consistent routine that works for you. You are able to keep up with email. You have arrived at the perfect balance of work and home. You can "breathe" throughout the day. In fact, you are feeling like a rock star! Then . . . life happens! The situation doesn't [...]

6-Step Plan to Succeed in Time Management

In previous posts I’ve talked about creating a time management system that works for you. (Read Mary's story here, for example.) You must have a plan that is simple and easy to follow - "trying harder" and "more discipline" are not the answers. When you develop strong, easy-to-implement programs and systems, you become more efficient, productive and effective. Though I’ve written about this concept [...]

When Does a Habit No Longer Serve You?

In our first conversation, my new client Mary told me she struggled to manage the huge amount of email she received. The way she looked at it, she isn’t spending enough time each day processing the 150 and 200 emails she receives on average (and of those, 60 – 70% require additional action on her part). Mary's habit is to devote 30 minutes at [...]

How to Fit Just “ONE” More Thing Into Your Day

How often do you say, "I'll do just one more thing before I leave for my appointment"? Or "I'll just finish up one more thing in the office before I end for the day"? Or "I'll do one more thing before I go to bed"? And, if you are a "one more thinger" . . . how often does it stop at ONE? Or [...]

Manage Time by Defining Success

In a recent post I talked about how to stay focused on a goal by measuring the steps along the way. I want to expand on that idea by telling you about what happened at a major event I chaired a few months ago. I'm privileged to be coordinator of education for two local women-in-business networking groups, and I thought it would be useful [...]

How to Define Success Using Benchmarks

Recently my client Jane started her coaching session with the statement, "I really want to work on finding some strategies to help me stay focused on a project even when I'm in the middle of a crisis." This is a common challenge for my clients. Most of them are super busy and as soon as something unexpected comes up, their day gets thrown in [...]

How Are Stars and Time Management Connected?

Are you focused on your most important tasks each day? Not the most urgent tasks, but the most important ones? The ones that will really get you closer to your goals. The ones that might be a little harder than you'd prefer. The ones that might push you a little out of your comfort zone. Here's how you can tell . . [...]

5 Ways to Avoid “Code Black”

Code Black:"When there are more patients than resources." (According to CBS Drama, "Code Black") What do you do when you feel like your life is in "code black"?  When you have soooooooooooo much to do, and not enough time to do it all? What do you do when getting up earlier and going to bed later just isn't going to cut it? What do [...]

How to Succeed as a Solopreneur

All my clients are different.  Yet, so many similar issues come up in our discussions. Some are more experienced business owners than others, and some have discovered effective ways of managing their workloads. But the common themes of juggling home/work balance, managing overwhelm, and getting important tasks done every day are never more challenging than with a start-up enterprise. Deby contacted me after starting her [...]

All This White Space Scares Me!

One of the basic time management principles is to schedule about 50% of your day  - leaving the other 50% unscheduled to allow you to handle emerging priorities.  Of course, this is a guideline; depending on your life you may choose to schedule more or less than 50%. One of my clients recently shared with me that he really struggles with what to do [...]