The Secret to Creating Order from Chaos

Recently a member of a Facebook group for Virtual Assistants (I'm the Time Management expert for the group) asked this question: "Do you find that it's best to have a set schedule for every day of the week, or do your days differ because that is life?" My answer was . . . drum roll please . . . it depends! 😊 Here’s what [...]

Peak Productivity and Morning Routines

Even if you are not a "morning person," creating routines to start your day has been proven to lead to increased focus and productivity. In the article The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity, author Eric Barker outlines five simple steps to help you begin your work day with a bang. Sample tip:  create "protected time" to work on your most important goals for the [...]

Headaches and Time Management

I’ve had a headache for 3 weeks. I tell you this not so you can feel sorry for me, but to make a point! For 3 weeks I’ve justified my headaches by saying, “It must be my allergies,” or “It’s the change in weather,” or “I must be stressed a bit about this event - it’ll go away as soon as the event is [...]

Fitting Self-Care Into Your Calendar

I recently shared some ideas my clients have given me about making time - and enforcing it! - for self-care. (Read the post here.) I admit that I’m guilty of letting my self care activities slide a bit when things get busy. I've learned from past mistakes that if I try to “fit in” time later, that time never comes. There always seems to be [...]

Focus Your Day With Routines

Routines, routines, routines! One of the easiest way to create lasting improvements is to build short, simple, and easy to follow routines. Having a strong morning and evening practice allows you to start (and end) the day focused on YOUR goals and feeling relaxed. AND why wouldn't you want to be focused on your goals and feeling relaxed? In this post I give some specific [...]

Are You a Planner or a Crammer?

You're productive but know you can do better and still reduce the stress of working too much. One way to do that is to play to your strengths. Become aware of the amount of time and effort it takes you to begin a task. Are you the systematic Planner, the last-minute Crammer, or a combination? All three have positive and negative characteristics. [...]

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 [...]

Learn Your Time and Space Style Preferences

You are unique - your time management system should be also!  But . . . how do you know WHAT STRATEGIES will work for you? You need to understand your preferences! So, what are those preferences? Cena Block, a productivity expert and business coach, has developed a tool to guide you in determining how you like to manage your time and space. The Time [...]

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What Good is a Checklist if You Don’t Use It?

From a time management stand point I love checklists.  When you use a checklist you've created a process, stepping stones that allow you to logically move from step A to step B.  In addition, you help reduce the potential of overwhelm as you no longer need to try to remember everything involved in your project. [Tweet "Create a checklist - and use it!"] If [...]