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Creating More Time in Your Day

By Jennifer Snyder
We are all given the same number of minutes in a day, every day.  No one gets any more than anyone else so how we use those precious minutes is one of the most important decisions we make each day.  Today, I am going to share some ways for you to actually create more time in your day by doing a few little things just a little differently.  You will surely be amazed.

Mind Your TV Time
We all watch something on TV, whether it is shows, news or the weather.  For every 60 minutes of TV time 20 minutes is commercials.  If you love to watch television, consider using a DVR or TiVo to record them so you can save 20 minutes by fast-forwarding through commercials.

Turn Off Push Notifications
Push Notifications, whether they are email receipt notifications or Facebook comments are intended to interrupt you.  When you are focused on a task, these thoughtful interruptions are going to derail your focus and slow you down.  Check emails at specific times of the day and notify everyone that a phone call is required for something urgent.

Make a ToDo List and Prioritize
It is amazing how much you can get done when you know exactly what you have to do.  Document the tasks to be completed at night before going to bed or leaving the office.  Take the time to prioritize what is most important (not the most entertaining) and do those first.  Make sure your tasks are not too large – should be able to complete in one day.

Avoid Multitasking
When you are focused on too many things, it is the least desirable that suffer.  Unfortunately it is the least desirable tasks that are most important (think cleaning the bathroom).  Focus on one thing at a time doing the shortest first saving big tasks for last.  Also, if you don't think you have enough time to finish that big project, break it down into small pieces.  80% of something is better than 100% of nothing.

Remember that you are the master of your own time and never sacrifice sleep to be productive as that will hurt much more than help.

Have a Neat day!

Jennifer Snyder
Certified Professional OrganizerÒ
Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts
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