Stop! Slow down! And Learn To Better Manage Your Time

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If the word “rush” defines your life, then maybe managing your time better is high on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Well, it should be. Take a moment now to brush up on the following time management techniques and leave that hectic lifestyle back in 2006.

Make a Time Diary: Take a week and plot out what you do every day. It’s difficult to make intelligent decisions about using your time more effectively if you don't know what you're doing with your time now

Learn to Say "No": Turn off your cell phone and beeper. When someone asks you to do something that you really don't have time to do, say so, politely, but firmly. And don't allow yourself to feel guilty.

Time-Based, To-Do List: Lists are helpful, but when you add how much time each task should take, it helps prioritize how you go about the tasks.

Let Your Computer Help: Try some of the many personal scheduling software programs that allow you to keep a calendar, "to-do' lists, and phone and address books on your computer.

Multitask: Lots of activities can be effectively and safely combined. Listen to books on tape while commuting. When you watch television, pay your bills.

Don't Be a Perfectionist: Perfectionism, otherwise known as paying excessive attention to every detail, important or not, is a kind of procrastination.

Reward Yourself: Finally, don't let any progress, however small, go unrewarded.

Make life easier in the New Year – organize your time! Your stress will reduce, and with all that extra time on your hands, you can sit back and enjoy the things that matter most.