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

Effective Delegating: The Solution to “I Really Like Her – Do I Have to Fire Her”?

Delegating effectively is a tricky concept! If you delegate in too much detail you run the risk of annoying the person you've delegated to AND spending more time than necessary. Yet, if you don't share enough detail you run the risk of the end product not being what you want. Recently a client (we'll call her Lexi) shared her delegating challenge with me during [...]

What’s On Your Family’s “Love” List?

Sometimes we participate in a holiday activity because “it’s tradition.” When is the last time you checked in with the family to be sure they all still enjoy the tradition? Kids grow up and family members’ and friends’ preferences change. Earlier we offered ideas on how to break down holiday tasks into their smallest components. Now it's time to take a closer look at what's on [...]

What Is the Connection Between Crying and Time Management?

Fifteen years ago I sat on my kitchen floor and cried. It was the day after Thanksgiving and I was expecting 40 people in my home in about an hour. I had worked most of the weekend and all week except for Thanksgiving day. I had just found out that one of the guests was a vegetarian and I was SURE I wouldn't have [...]

Break It Down in 3 Easy Steps

I hear from so many clients at this time of year that they’re bogged down in all the to-dos and activities and end up feeling rushed and stressed – just the opposite of what they’d like to experience! Easy solution: Start by breaking it down. Make a list of all the activities you LOVE to do . . .and break them down into the [...]

The Secret Solution to My Brain is About to Explode

What happens when in a busy day your mind is so crammed with all your "to dos" that you feel like you're going to explode? When you try to find where the end of the thread is so you can start doing something, anything? And then when you start something, anything, only to drop it to deal with an emergency? We've all had this [...]

Can “Christmas in October” Be a Good Thing?

It's the end of October. The leaves turn colors, the temperature drops and ... retailers get the jump on the holiday season. Yes, I know, we all complain about this very early emphasis on Christmas and the other winter holidays, but think about it ... they may not be entirely wrong! No matter what holiday (or none) you celebrate, the mid-winter season is usually [...]

A Solution to “Uh-Oh, I Forgot!”

Most business people work every day on multi-step projects. You usually do it all without missing a beat. But what about those days when you're constantly interrupted? In the real world, unless you live in a bubble, when you're distracted it's easy to miss a step. One way to make sure you don’t miss something is to create a checklist. A checklist allows you the [...]

11 Steps to Tie Up Loose Ends

Imagine a typical work day.  Do you move quickly from activity to activity, task to task, phone call to email to appointment?  Or do you have plenty of time to complete each activity before starting the next? Odds are your day tends to look more like the former than the latter. In which case, as you start to relax in the evening, you probably [...]

The Best Time to Create a Checklist Is …

Have I mentioned recently that I love checklists?  Well, I do!!!  (For many of the reasons why, please check out these other posts on the value of creating a utilizing a checklist.) First, for what activities should you create a checklist?  Just about anything that recurs and has multiple steps. For example ... Create a dinner party Plan a work event Prepare for vacation [...]

Do You Need Juggling Lessons?

Take a look at a social media post by any entrepreneur and you'll find frequent references to stress, exhaustion, confusion. The cause? Juggling!! No, not balls or bowling pins - but tasks and time and family and business and needs and... and... As a Time Strategy Visionary, I've been privileged to work with many jugglers, some more successful than others.  Take Amanda for example. [...]