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"10 Top Tips For Reclaiming Your Time"

- by Jackie Fletcher

(c) Jackie Fletcher. All Rights Reserved.
http://www.BookShaker.com

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Have you ever thought to yourself that there aren't enough
hours in the day, or felt overwhelmed at the tasks facing
you? If you have, this article can help you!

1. Clarify your goals and strategy. Be very clear about your
aims and ambitions, both short and long term. Write them
down. Once you know what you really want to achieve (and
why) it's easier to make decisions about what needs doing,
and to plan accordingly.

2. Focus on your top priorities. You'll be more productive
and profitable if you identify and.focus on the areas most
important to your business. Work on the fundamentals first.
The Latin word 'fundamentum' means foundation - so take
action, build strong foundations and the rest should follow.

3. Schedule time. Literally write an appointment in your
work planner (you do have one of those, don't you?) to set
aside a realistic block of time for your priority actions.
This reduces anxiety over not having enough time and keeps
you focused.

4. Say no! Consider Jim Rohn's suggestion. "Learn how to say
no. Don't let your mouth overload your back." Always check
your schedule before committing to anything new. Don't
allow others to divert you from your objectives.

5. Create supportive systems. This includes systems for
filing, management information and communication.

6. Take a reality check. Will your current activity have a
positive outcome, or are you doing it to avoid something
else? Ask yourself - will doing this take me towards my
goal? As Peter F Drucker observed, "There is nothing so
useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done
at all."

7. Delegate! It's tempting to do something yourself when you
think you can do it faster and better. But consider the long
term - delegation now will save time in the future, and if
done appropriately can motivate your staff, boost their
confidence and help them develop their skills.

8. Repeat your success. Remember the last time you went away
on holiday, and how you got so much done in those few days
before you left? What strategies and techniques did you
employ that made you so effective and focused? Can you
repeat them? Alternatively, imagine you are going away
tomorrow and work through today accordingly.

9. Balance your life. Formally schedule personal activities
too, so you make time for family, friends, your health and
fun because having a balanced life reduces stress and
increases energy levels. Time management is really about
life management!

10. End the day. At the end of the working day, tidy your
desk, make notes about what needs doing tomorrow and
prioritise those tasks. You'll worry less that evening and
be prepared and focused the next morning.

And a final thought...

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have
exactly the same number of hours per day that
were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo,
Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson
and Albert Einstein."

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Jackie Fletcher is a life satisfaction
coach and author of "Coaching Quotations:
Over 2000 witty, wise and wonderful
quotations your clients will love"
http://www.bookshaker.com/product_info.php?products_id=103
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About the Author

Jackie Fletcher is a life satisfaction
coach and author of "Coaching Quotations:
Over 2000 witty, wise and wonderful
quotations your clients will love"
http://www.bookshaker.com/product_info.php?products_id=103

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