Wednesday, June 17, 2009

control your computer time

The personal computer can be an incredible time saving device. You can use it to bank online, order refills for your prescriptions, shop for clothes, gifts or food. You can send an e-card, email or even read a newspaper. The downside to this incredibly helpful technology is that people can easily take their work home with them, and it is so easy to get swept up into the cyber world and lose track of the real world that is right in front of you.


Several of my clients have complained about the realization that they are taking a lot of work home…which ultimately cuts down on their time for family and leisure activities. They realize that the economy has put a strain on the job market and they would rather work at home than not have a job but they want to find some balance.


So the real trick is to figure out how to best utilize the time spent on work at home and on the computer to accomplish the majority of tasks in the shortest period of time…leaving your more time to spend with people you enjoy.


Make a plan before you get on the computer. Say for example that you have one hour to spend. Jot down a list of the things you know you need to accomplish in that time frame. If you find yourself frequently losing track of time and spending more time than you planned, start setting a timer. Once the timer goes off, be true to your decision and put down the mouse. Avoid the trap of saying just 10 more minutes!


Start today and get control of your “computer time”…it will be so worth it when you find yourself with additional time to spend with your family and on activities that are a little more enjoyable!


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