time management

Apr 14, 2010

1,440 Minutes per Day

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We all have the same 1,440 minutes per day – how we utilise that time determines our ability to have a productive day. So focus on doing the really important and high priority tasks first, usually 3 to 4 tasks each day. Once you have completed those tasks, then you can start working on the smaller stuff. At the very least if you only get the 3 to 4 high priority tasks done then you will feel like you have achieved something in your day. That’s such a fantastic feeling. One of my favourite quotes from Stephen Covey is: “I can not get it all done but I can get the most important things done.” WHAT ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT THINGS? About Us LifeStyle Refocus is a Melbourne based personal assistant, corporate concierge and lifestyle management...
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Mar 2, 2010

Time Wasters

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Part of being human is that we are all time wasters. Sometimes time wasted can be productive, it gives you a break, releases tension, however most time wasted causes extra stress because what you know you should be doing is being put off. The aim is to identify when you are wasting time and whether it is a welcome break, or whether changes should be made? Some time wasters: Disorganisation Procrastination Social Interaction Perfection Visitors Telephone calls Television Mail Email Computer activities – facebook, twitter, games … Take a moment to consider what are your time wasters? Activity I found this fantastic exercise that I recommend. Now that you have identified what your time wasters are, split your time wasters into two groups, those within your control and those beyond your control. TIME WASTERS Within My Control Beyond My Control Take a moment to consider what will...
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Feb 18, 2010

New Habits to Manage Time

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With any improvements in life it is often our own habits that have to change to be able to move forward. Once I have written on a subject I like to reflect on some new habits or attitudes that we should be developing so that we can move forward. Therefore based on this I would like to propose the following: Ask yourself “What will make the biggest difference?” Are you making the best possible use of your time? Do you find yourself being reactive rather than proactive? Are you managing to do what you want to achieve? Therefore each day when planning ask yourself – “What is it I want to achieve today?” and “What will make the biggest difference in my life right now?” Don’t be late Lateness is rude and often...
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Feb 3, 2010

Respect Time

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Someone once said “Time is a great equalizer. We all get the same amount of hours each day. Some people are able to organise their lives with consistently high results and successes in many dimensions of their lives whilst others never seem to be able to accomplish what they want.” Which category do you fit into? Do you need to develop new habits to plan your day as you are one of the few people who understand that you can not get it all done but you can get the most important things done? What are the most important things in your day today? If you have scribbled a “to-do” list on a bit of paper take a moment to look at it and rate it in order of importance then tackle task...
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Dec 15, 2009

Time for Reflection [Part 2]

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How is your reflection? Last post we discussed that at this time of the year many of us are reflecting on what we have achieved this year and what we would like to achieve in the New Year. The answer for many is that they would like more time or balance and therefore I felt the saying below to be very appropriate. Many of us struggle towards the balance goal without ever stopping to think what we are doing and what we really want in our lives. Reflect to identity the direction you want to go. About Us LifeStyle Refocus is a Melbourne based personal assistant, corporate concierge and lifestyle management consultancy. They are all about saving you TIME. By taking care of your “to do” list so you can spend time doing the things that are truly...
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Nov 4, 2009

Tackle Clutter in Small Steps

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Sometimes the thought of tackling the clutter is overwhelming however it does not have to be that way. The following are some small steps which will help you work up to the bigger more overwhelming projects. Small steps: Pick a cupboard – just one and start there and only there Start in one room – an easy room Throw out 5 things a day, this adds up over time: 25 items a week 155 items a month 1,825 items a year Pick up things off the floor Clear a surface Toss old magazines Dump junk mail immediately as it comes into the house, flick and throw Put things away – a place for everything and everything in its place One book shelf One draw The pantry – toss anything expired Pile of paperwork use “the 4 D’s” – Do it now, dump it, delegate it...
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Oct 20, 2009

DeCluttering Excuses!

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Taking the time to declutter is not always easy but at times we can actually talk ourselves out of even starting with the following excuses. Have your ever heard or said yourself: “It’s alright for you to be organised but I live in a small house.” “I don’t have the money to buy the boxes and containers to declutter” “I don’t have the money to redo the room so everything fits” “I need to buy another book case to fit everything in” “I don’t have anywhere to put …” “It’s going to make a mess” “I don’t have enough cupboard space” “I don’t have time” “I don’t know where to start” “The job is too big so I just haven’t started” “I have young kids I have no time” “I’m too busy” “I’ll do it next week” “I want to clean up first then...
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Oct 6, 2009

Tips to Tackle Clutter

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Knowing that you want to start decluttering is one thing. The next is actually having an action plan. The following are some tips to help you tackle the clutter. Decide where you are going to DeClutter Take a moment to decide what area you will tackle Perhaps even make a list of areas and then prioritise them so you are only focused on one area at a time and do not get distracted by other areas or spaces Set yourself a timeline to accomplish a number of areas for example “I will tackle the top three areas on my list over the next 4 weeks.” Set a deadline Before you even tackle the first space allocate your time. I will spend 2 hours decluttering my wardrobe. You will find that you will work hard and...
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Aug 26, 2009

How will you feel once you have decluttered?

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Once you have decluttered you will start to feel: Relaxed Focused Free Proud What are the benefits of decluttering? More time More efficient Praise from others Save money Do things well Escape drudgery Be more comfortable Live in a clean atmosphere Live longer Increase enjoyment Relax Why are you not getting yourself clutter free? Rather be doing something else All or nothing Too broad of a statement about getting organised Sense of attachment Fear of failure So take action and start decluttering, one small space at a time. About Us LifeStyle Refocus is a Melbourne based personal assistant, corporate concierge and lifestyle management consultancy. They are all about saving you TIME. By taking care of your “to do” list so you can spend time doing the things that are truly important to you. For more information go to www.lifestylerefocus.com.au or contact Silvana on 0417 595 744 or Michele...
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Aug 11, 2009

What does clutter do to you?

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Clutter affects you and the people around you in many ways, for example: You waste time searching for things Clutter occupies space You lose things Extra money is spent on items which have already been bought Money is wasted on excess furniture and storage to hoard the clutter Clutter makes you feel busy and causes unnecessary stress. You get distracted and have difficulty focusing Clutter affects your image. You look out of control You cannot prioritise or work efficiently when you can’t see or find the tasks that need to be done How do you know when it’s time for you to Declutter? It will become very obvious when: You have difficulty finding things You’re always saying, “I know it’s here somewhere!” You can’t see your desk for the mess You cut your fingers in the filing cabinet when you try to dig out...
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