Thursday, November 12, 2009

make your schedule more manageable

Let me guess, you are super-busy, right? Want to know how to make your crazy schedule more manageable? Keep reading!

  1. Double up: Cooking a pasta dish or casserole for supper this evening? If you are already cooking the first dish, why not make more for a second meal and freeze it for later?

  2. Decide your limits: Given the fact that you can not create more hours in a day, decide what you are honestly able to accomplish. Also, get good at delegating (see next point) things you can not do or don’t have time to do.

  1. Delegate: There are often tasks on our lists both at home and at work that can be delegated to others. Many of us find it difficult to ask for help but it is an important skill to learn. Just remember to provide clear and concise instructions.

  1. Find time for yourself: In order to be at your best you must take care of yourself. Find out what helps you relax and make sure you schedule time for it in your schedule daily.

  1. Give yourself permission to say no: You cannot do it all, all the time. If you don't respect your time, others won't either.

  1. Prioritize: Make a to-do list and rank the items by priority. Then work on the most urgent items first.

  1. Multi-task: Multi-tasking is appropriate in situations that involve simple tasks that you are familiar with. Do not multi-task if the task is new, difficult, complicated, or requires a lot of attention.

  1. Recognize that perfection is impossible: No one is perfect. If you realize this and accept it, then others will too.


Managing a schedule can seem like a full time job all by itself, don't let your schedule rule your life. You can do it and make it more manageable.

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