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Time Management

Time Management

If you want to manage your time better so you get more done and also have more time for planning holidays, weekend trips or picnics, here are some of the things you should keep in mind.

Don't do 'busy work'. What is busy work? Busy work is that work that people do so they can convince themselves that they are doing something. So, if instead of making sure you exercise, you busy yourself doing grocery shopping, dusting or buying a dustbin for the house, and then convince yourself not to feel guilty because you just had no time for your workout. Yes, dusting may be equally important, but set a time aside for it, and do it at that time - not when you should be doing something else.
Similarly, you may be sitting at home, not feeling like you are doing anything, so you decide to step out and get some groceries. We have already mentioned that you should be shopping for groceries no more than once a week, so if this is not the day, then don't go to the supermarket. Instead, figure out another way to spend your time and do something that you have been putting off for a while. Have you been dreaming of writing a book, but haven't ever gotten down to it because you don't have the time? Now's the time to start. Or, get a new hobby. Find out about the class you have been wanting to join, and go and speak to the teacher.
Some of us use cooking as 'busy work'. We have some free time, so we bake a cake for the children, and pretend that we are making good use of our time. Yes, it is very fulfilling to cook for your children, but if you don't cook on a daily basis, instead of cooking randomly decide that you will cook for them once a week or once a month, or even once a day, depending on your situation. Don't cook to kill time, because this will prevent you from using your time more productively. You could perhaps decide to learn something about the share market. Or, join yoga or Art of Living Classes. Or, if you don't know how to use the computer, consider joining a computer class or familiarizing yourself with it through practice.
Naturally, you can keep plans with friends flexible, and postpone less important chores so you can spend time with friends, but make sure you have some semblance of a routine. For example, if you have a part time job which takes up 4 hours a day, and you can put in the four hours any time, consider keeping two hours at least fixed, and let the other 2 hours be flexible. Alternatively, keep your exercise time fixed, or join a yoga class, so you are bound by the hours of the class. It is important to have some routine in your life, and the more things for which you can establish a routine, the more organized you will be, and the more things you will accomplish.
Thus, even if you have a hobby, keep time aside for it. So if you have a part time job, and you like to paint, don't just pick up the brush whenever it suits you, because you are just creating problems with decision-making. Should I paint now or finish off my assignment first? Should I paint or shop for groceries? And vacillation only wastes more time.


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Aruna
Aruna.11 years ago
my planning never ever goes right, because there is some or the other problem and little mismanagement. i have lot work in the home, i can't send time with my friends and relative. it is very difficult to adjust timing..... can anyone advice????
 
 
 
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Anonymous.11 years ago
this is article is a perfect subject for someone like me who needs to learn a lot on time management. but i only wish that there were more solutions and ideas, expounding on 'time-management', besides the accounts on 'mis-management', as then the article would have certainly proved to be more effective. so in a way i was dissapointed by the time i finished reading the article as i did not find as much help as i expected from it.
 
 
 
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Sami
Sami.11 years ago
i am in the same boat,have a little daughter and job(comp programmer) and household chores..we don't have trend of servants here..so from claening to cooking to ironing cloths..it's a lot mann!!please anybody help...but one thing i want to share is i prefer to skip some things which are not urgent or important some times..like cleaning house everyday..picking up toys all the time..
 
 
 
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manali
manali.11 years ago
i feel,tim man is more abt smart wrk than hard wrk.plz..evn indira gandhi was a mother of 2.if she could manage the enire country,then why cant v manage r small little paradise.i think that viewing things frm a larger perspective makes thigs easier.
 
 
 
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vani
vani.11 years ago
hi,
aritcle is very useful.my planning never goes right.due to some of problem.and i have 2 yr baby .entry day house cleaning work.and i spend with my baby..but i want to study some thing.but i donot getting time where i am using wasting time i don't understand.but i'm leaving out of country.at least i want to spend some hr for studies.plz any one advice me?
 
 
 
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kiran
kiran.11 years ago
this article is specially written for me thats what exactly i am doing most of the time
 
 
 
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kasturi
kasturi.11 years ago
whatever given in this article is absolutely right.the matter is i am interested to do something innovative,but ifeel tired after cooking and my whole plan on that day is collapsed.how to recover from my strss?
 
 
 
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Anamika
Anamika.11 years ago
please give suggestions.sometimes i think i'm not as good as the other wemen. i'm busy all day and very tired (legs and back pain)only with house and kids and husband. i wonder how do you manage to take care of house and family and study and sometimes work. i have lots of interests but i can't do anything else but take care of my familiy and house. i try to take care of me as well because i think is important for all the family and mariage. but i can't study, work, or do other interesting things like gardening, invite friends do social work.
 
 
 
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kam
kam.11 years ago
since coming to dubai, i have been bored sitting at home, when the children are back from school i am occupied, how to pass time in a useful way
 
 
 
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hema
hema.11 years ago
what is told is correct. because of my time management i am able to finish all my work very fast either it is at office or at home and after that i feel bored want to do somethin or study i can even teach some body who are interest what to do some body who can help
 
 
 
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