Be honest. How often do you hit the snooze button? We've all had days
where the only time for quiet contemplation are the moments between the alarm's
brrrring and when our feet hit the floor.
Stop moving on autopilot. This fall carve out time to assess your
daily routine. Do a soup-to-nuts overview of where you are in your life and how
Take Time to Make
This assessment is going to look different for different people. Some
of you want to squeeze fifteen more minutes of productivity into your day,
others hope to create that much
efficiency in an otherwise disorganized day. Regular readers of our posts may
have time-management and organizing firmly in hand, but might be
looking to add another dimension to their days, be it extra energy, sense of
purpose or even greater happiness. Yes, happiness.
Writer Maria Robinson has observed "Nobody can go back and start a new
beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." So take a look at
your day and work towards your new ending.
Create Extra Time
Are you a juggling, multitasker who has most bases covered but needs
an extra 15 minutes? Tips for squeezing more productivity out of an otherwise
organized day include:
For more tips, read 15 Ways to Find Extra Time and 5 Time-Management Tricks.
Do you move through your day haphazardly? Hoping to make it through
your to-do list, running late and constantly in search of a missing item? Taking the time to organize your time and
belongings will make your days more productive and less stressful.
Find a personal organizing solution that works for you and stick with
it. At a loss for where to begin? Consider hiring a
professional organizer or try a popular
system such as David Allen's Getting Things Done.
For more tips, read our past post Tackle Your
To-Do List with Time-Blocking and Time Management Training: How to Manage Time and Maximize
Add Meaning to Your
Effective time management adds productivity to your days and decreases
stress but it can also do more. Spend time to add value to your days: organize
your calendar to find time for exercise, meditation or that wholly American
These innovative resources suggest ways to add what you value to your
What does your
daily routine look like? Do you have any
tips for assessing your routine and making the most of your days? Share your
thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook
and Twitter pages.
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