Time is money and quite frankly right now, we don’t have the luxury of wasting a dime of time.
As a nation we are tightening our financial belts, let’s brush up on our time management skills too.
Be honest. If you know you have been a little lax with time in the past, worry not, now it’s fashionable to learn new tricks. Hey, 2 years ago I bet you never thought you would be clipping coupons either.
Suze Orman recently gave this advice about getting out of debt “Stay calm, know your rights and focus on developing a strategy to get out of debt”.
These wise words can be applied to time management.
Don’t feel bad about time wasting tendencies, in today’s high tech world it’s hard not to get drawn into the mesmerizing worlds of online gaming, Facebook and TV.
Know your rights
You are able to reboot your time keeping metabolism. It’s never too late. Think of all those people that loose hundreds of pounds. They lost it calorie by calorie, you can lose it minute by minute.
Develop a strategy to get out of time debt.
Here are five golden tips
1) Markets waiver. Don’t expect perfection.
2) Make a budget. Get a planner of your choice to have a dual function. Firstly to write down your to-do’s in categories. And secondly to log your appointments and write down your chunks of time to focus on specific work. Make sure to include something fun for each day too.
3) Keep saving. When working, minimize interruptions by turning off your Email, Facebook, twitter and text notifications.
4) Petty cash. Allow yourself a reasonable amount of time in the evening to waste. Set the timer and Facebook or play online backgammon to your hearts content … until the timer rings. Then tell yourself that you’ll have the same reward tomorrow night.
5) Review your investments. Look back over your day and see which areas you made the right choices in and in which areas you need to have greater control tomorrow.
Like changing any habit, this isn’t going to be pretty. But just like the time you saved those quarters until you could change it in for a dollar, the end results are well worth the discipline.