Use Space Management to Support Your Time Management Plan

One way to help yourself accomplish your time management plan is to use space management.  In other words, do different things in different places. If you have a specific area to accomplish a goal, you’ll be able to focus on that one task faster and more completely. It might seem like a pipe dream, but if you really want to be creative, find a space that makes you feel creative and go to it each time you need that extra creative spark. In that way, you become more in charge of how you spend your time.

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A Reading Cubby

You may have had one in elementary school, a little place that you could go for quiet reading time. You can do this at home easily by just setting up a chair in the corner of a living room, bedroom or office that is set up with good light for reading and if necessary the proper electronic components if you want to read by laptop or Kindle.

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Put Your Time Management Plan In Writing

The hardest part about creating a time management plan is making a real commitment to it by implementing it. It can be especially difficult for people who want to work for themselves to work on any type of schedule. It can feel wrong somehow to keep a schedule as an entrepreneur. However, keeping a schedule is going to increase your success exponentially. Putting your time management plan in writing will help you follow it.

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Use Your Smartphone

Today’s cell phones are really mini computers. You can have your entire life on there, including your work schedule with alarm reminders and everything. If you see a popup on your phone every time you go to use Facebook, reminding you of tasks that need to be done, you will not have much of an excuse for not doing them.

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A Time Management Plan for Your Inbox

Email is great, and saves a lot of time. You no longer have to wait three or more days for someone to get a message from you. You can use it to be more organized, set tasks, and more. But, email can also get out of control and suck up a lot of time if you’re not organized.  That’s why you need a time management plan for your inbox.

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Use Rules, Filters, Labels and Folders

Remember that simple is better than complicated so don’t go too crazy with these, but do create labels and/or rules and filter to help you organize your mail better.

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Saying No Lets You Control Your Time

One of the very best ways to manage your time is to learn to say no. Saying no is a great way to control how you spend your time and take your power back. Most of us don’t know how to say no because our parents taught us very well not to say no. Many two-year-olds love saying no, but they are quickly taught that the word no is very unacceptable. But, it’s time to take back the power of no and earn more time in your day for doing what you really want to do.

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You’ll Reduce Stress

One of the worst things about overscheduling your time is the stress that it will cause. Learning to say no will automatically reduce your stress, even if the first few times you say no will be a little stressful. The freedom you experience will soon overshadow the fear of saying no.

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How To Create A Time Management Plan

If you create a time management plan, it will keep you from wasting time. Having a plan makes every hour count and ensures that you get your work done more quickly.  It helps distribute your time over all the tasks that you need to do each day, week, month and year.  Creating a time management plan is an imperative if you want to be successful.  Here are some tips:

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Be Realistic With Your Plans

Don’t go against your own internal clock when planning each day. If you know you struggle to get up in the morning, do not schedule things in the early morning hours. If prioritizing tasks that you like helps you get through the mornings, try that.

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