Time Management and Day Planning Hints and Tools

Author Archives: Gary Singer

Seven Reasons Why A Countdown Timer Can Be Your Best Personal Coach

coachMuch is said about time management. However the term has begun to apply to a wide variety of subjects ranging from list management, project management and even up to the idea of maintaining one’s personal energy. All these are important but we need to look at the term itself. Time management, if one looks at the actual words, means, actually, the management of time. It includes the management of the seconds, minutes and the hours of our day.

In this article I’m going to address a simple, inexpensive tool which is available everywhere which can do wonders in helping us actually manage time. This tool is the simple countdown timer. The proper use of this device can make major differences in the amount we get done during our days and in our lives and can increase our happiness and reduce our stress.

Here are 7 excellent reasons why all of us should be using a countdown timer:

1) Timers improve our awareness of time. A first rule in the successfully handling anything is to confront and become aware of it. Just as we get overweight in life by idle eating and not really paying attention to what we put in our mouths, we can also waste our precious time as though it is a limitless possession. A big reason diets work is that they cause us to pay attention to what we are eating. Our use of calories, of money, and of our time expand beyond what we need and what is healthy unless we become aware of how we use these commodities. We need to be aware of these things to control them. Use of a timer is the way to become aware of and to control time.

2) We accomplish our missions in life byContinue Reading

Planning Your Day Plus Seven Hints To Feel Better Organized

When we feel organized we feel better. Organization is, at its root, the result of confronting the elements of life. Taking a few simple actions to make us feel more in control of our lives can make a huge difference in our effectiveness and sense of being organized. Here are a few ideas:

1. When you were a kid did you ever experience that wonderful feeling that comes after rearranging your room? Perhaps you cleaned it real well – put some order into it. It is amazing how well we feel after cleaning up and organizing our space. Take a few moments to clean your workspace in the area where you operate and you will feel much better as a result.

2. Getting up a little earlier can be of great advantage. Benjamin Franklin had it right when he said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. Perhaps he was onto something. When you get up a bit earlier you feel like you are getting a head start and a leg up on the rest of the world. Sometimes you can beat the phone calls in the other interruptions which will come about during the main part of the day. This can make you feel more organized and give you great sense of well-being.

3. When involved with other people regarding certain projects we can sometimes feel out of control. An excellent way to remedy this is to have a meeting with these folks; either all at one time or individually. These meetings can be therapeutic and help everyone straighten out the bugs and other situations they may be sitting in the way and slowing things down. Sometimes the simple action of conversation among people back and forth can work out confusions and yield a feeling of being on top of the world and being organized.

4. Goals are great but having goals is not enough. Along with one’s goals one needs to have a plan of attack as to how to achieve the goals. Additionally these plans need to be worked out into programs which will give us step-by-step approaches for how to achieve the goals. It is best that a program have dates assigned to the individual steps – these will act as deadlines. Having and operating by a program will give a great feeling a great sense of organization and well-being.

5. Get all your data onto paper or onto a computer. Computers are, of course, best. What many people do is to collect all the data they obtain during the day into one place. It might be a briefcase or a special place on the desktop. The idea is to process all that data at one time and get it into some type of system. Take each and every item, one by one, and confront it and decide if it is important and either set it up for action or send to the trash can. You will, all the sudden, find that those extraneous items that tend to clog up the mind and the desk begin to disappear and all become organized and one central location. This will help you feel organized.

6. It is amazing the number of people that operate their days without lists. A list is such a simple item to use. It’s a written set of tasks which we need to do; either today or later on in the week or month. With computers, this can be done very efficiently. Using lists in one form or another gets tasks out of our minds which will enhance our feelings well-being and of being organized.

7. Daily planning is, at the root, the best way to get the maximum done during a given day. A daily plan should be made at beginning of the day or the night before. This is the time when one takes one’s list decides what one wants to get done and assigns times to it. This is how we work out how we are going get the most done done during the day. Doing this will not only increase our effectiveness but will give us a great sense of well-being.

Our ability is enhanced when we can concentrate. It is difficult to concentrate when we are disorganized. Taking actions, even if they mainly increase our feeling of organization, will create room in our minds for concentration. Concentrating on each task, doing them one at a time, increases our efficiency and increases our well-being, generally, in life.

Showing by author: Gary Singer

There is nothing like ending the day knowing that you have gotten everything done that you intended. [more]
There is nothing like ending the day knowing that you have gotten everything done that you intended. [more]
When we speak of Time Management, we are not speaking of List Management. These are two separate act [more]
Most of us get, each day, 1440 minutes to do with as we please. What we do with this time is up to u [more]
When we feel organized we feel better. Organization is, at its root, the result of confronting the e [more]
Seven Reasons Why A Countdown Timer Can Be Your Best Personal Coach
Much is said about time management. However the term has begun to apply to a wide variety of subject [more]