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No matter how hard we wish to deny it or change it, life is short. And each of us has so many things we want to do. Yet, there never seems to be enough time. In fact, there is more time than most of us realize; we just waste so much of it.
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I occasionally suffer from "bright shiny object" syndrome, or like a dog who suddenly veers off when he spots a squirrel. When I'm working on one thing, something else will grab my attention; I drop the thing I'm working on and jump to the other. I know that isn't efficient, yet I sometimes don't realize how distracted I have become.
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Being an adult who has to manage their time wisely is hard work.
Your time is the biggest resource that you have. How you manage it, is the value you offer your organization. Being productive is important and this is often measured by management in the output you document in performance reviews. What doesn't get documented however is the way you achieved those results.
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The bloggers currently in the market make it seem so easy, like all you have to do is take a couple of pics, throw some filters in, drop a line or two and voila! You're a blogger! Except wait... turns out there's a lot of work involved behind the scenes most people are not privy to.
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Artists can teach you everything you need to know about being creative. Don't worry, don't get your Dockers in a twist. You don't need to actually sculpt or paint or perform an expressive dance. You just have to think like those who do.
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When I thought about wedding planning, I imagined myself curled up on the couch with girlfriends, sipping a glass of wine and flipping through bridal magazines. While there were definitely days like this, there is so much more to wedding planning than I could have imagined!
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Maybe you have time to scour Pinterest for healthy recipes and beautiful home decor. I do not. And let's be honest, even if I did, I'm too lazy to waste valuable free time "working" at home management. I'd much rather binge watch The Walking Dead while binge eating Reese's Cups.
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For parents, being able to tap into some of what makes up the convenience industry -- hopefully the free or less-costly things -- should mean freeing up time to spend that ever-elusive "quality" time with our children, spouses and partners. But does it?
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So often as professionals do we end up responding to the loudest voice or the most pressing demands. Sometimes that means we never get caught up, let alone feel in control of our workload. We need to work smarter, not just harder. And while that's easier said than done, it is possible.
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We all have the same 24 hours, but some people seem to get a lot more done than others. Good time management is the reason some people are so much more efficient. The highest achievers manage their time extremely well, and you can too.
Within each work day, there are only so many hours you have to produce your best, which is why it's important to maximize and monitor the time you spend on anything. This of course leads to the difference between working more versus working smarter.