Use Time Wisely: How To Increase Your Personal Productivity By Developing Your Own Time Budget

People with great organizational and time management skills seem to have extra hours in their day. They somehow have the time to check off all their to-do list items and still have time left over to rest.

However, if you are like the majority of Americans, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, the week, month, or the year for that matter. Of course, you?d love to exercise more, read more books, learn a new language, travel to new and exotic places, or just get more sleep. But, you need more time.

REALITY CHECK: YOU WON?T GET MORE TIME!

Time is a finite, non-renewable resource. As such, it is our most valuable asset. You?ve got to learn to invest your time wisely if you want to protect this precious gift.

YOU CAN?T MANAGE TIME

The amount of time you have is not the problem ? your habits are. Instead of trying to manage your time, determine to manage yourself. Get rid of all the time wasters like television, constantly checking your email, and incessant gossip. Determine what?s been wasting your time and deal with it today.

USE A TIME BUDGET

People who want to better use their money are quite familiar with the concept of a financial budget. Yet, those same people spend less than 10 minutes a week planning their time, even though time is much more valuable than money.

Take a moment to write down all the activities you want to do today, then write down how long it will take you to complete the tasks. If the number is more than 24 you have a time deficit. You’ll have to adjust. Keep adjusting until you get a balanced budget.

DON?T TRY TO DO EVERYTHING

Most people make one huge mistake when trying to budget their time. They try to fit a little bit of everything into one day so that they can have a ?balanced schedule.?

But, instead of feeling more productive, you feel stressed and frustrated.

As an alternative, think about balancing your schedule weekly or monthly. For example, if spending time with your family is a big priority, schedule a three hour block on the week-end instead of five twenty minute time periods during the week.

Benecia Ponder is a personal and executive coach who can help you succeed in every area of your life. Fnd out more about how to use your time more wisely and increase your personal productivity. www.beneciaponder.com

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