clock-997901_640 (2)By Sherry Simoes, Founder

If you are like me, you’ve often wished there were 48 hours in a day instead of just 24. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done that you want. Since we just have about 16 hours a day not counting sleep time, it’s important how we use the time we have.

On the average, people waste about 2 hours a day. This is mainly from poor planning. If a person is unorganized, they waste time trying to find things, they miss appointments, they only do one thing at a time when they could be doing two.

Good time management is a major building block to success. Oftentimes, it’s not how much time we spend working but how efficiently we do the work. The key to successful time management is careful planning and setting priorities.Plan your day, your week, and your month in advance. Know when things need to be done.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail,”
 -unknown

Here are a few simple time management tips:

If you commute, you can use the time to listen to audio books such as Charging The Human Battery or an audio from the new WIB Cafe!
I’ve been fortunate to have been able to work at home for the past 23 years. It’s been great because I hate to waste time commuting.

When you run errands try to do as many as you can on one trip. If you are self-employed, you can combine personal errands that are on the way to a business errand and have the mileage written off as a business expense.               .

Set priorities. This enables you to get the most important things done first. Keep you eye on the big picture. Don’t let low priority things bump off the higher priority tasks from your schedule. If you’ve only got so much time, it’s imperative you spend your time doing the things that bring you the most benefit. Try making a list each day of the high priority things you must get done and do them first!

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
 – Goethe

Time is so precious. If you want to be successful in life you need to be spending more time being productive and doing things that are moving you forward. If you use your productive time efficiently then you will have more time to relax and do the fun things.

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