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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Time Management Tip - Always Late? Start the Timer!

As I've worked with many different personality types over the years, it is obvious that certain ones have difficulty predicting how long it takes to do tasks. The result is that these people do one of two things: either work ahead to avoid last minute stress or find themselves missing deadlines or schedules.

If you fall into the latter category, start the timer! Time how long it takes you to eat breakfast, shower, put on your makeup, drive to work or school, etc. By doing so, you have a realistic picture of how much time it takes to get out the door or get ready for bed, for example.

Once you have logged your times, you can allow adequate time to accomplish your tasks without the stress of being late. You may even want to add a few minutes to allow for the unexpected. 

When one person is late, it affects the other people they live and work with, creating stress for everyone. If you're the one creating stress for others, be intentional and determine not to do it anymore! It may take a while before you figure out a system that works for you, but your life will be so much calmer! And you will be a source of blessing to others.

More on time management: 
Three Steps to Time Management
Three Steps to Planning Dinner
Creating Buffer Zones in Your Day