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Increase Your Productivity: How To Use A Simple Time Budget To Use Your Time Wisely

By Guest Author On December 11, 2010 Under Personal Development

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.

GET ON 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.

A time budget is very simple to prepare. At the top of a sheet of paper, write down the total number of hours you have in each day (24, in case you?ve forgotten). Next, make a list of all the things you want to accomplish during the day ? work, exercising, family time, and don?t forget about eating and sleeping. Beside each task, write the amount of time it will take to complete each tasks. Add the time up. If it totals more than 24, go back and adjust your time. You can?t spend more time than you have.

YOU CAN?T DO EVERYTHING

It?s a big mistake to try to do a little bit of everything every day. You want to exercise, read a trade publication, spend quality time with your family, pamper yourself, and of course, get enough rest each night to function the next day. So, you put in a little bit of everything into your daily schedule.

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

Stop trying to cram everything in a single day – spread it out over the week or month. For instance ? you want to spend more time with your family so you schedule a thirty minute ?family time? blocks each day. Instead, what about setting aside a three-hour family block on the weekend?

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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