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Now Where Did I Put That…?

As a busy mum, do you ever find yourself with piles of paper all over the house? 

I used to have a pile on a shelf in the kitchen where all the bit of paper that came into the house used to reside.  Doctors letters, dentist appointments, eye tests, MOT reminders, credit card bills, bank statements, you name it: it went into the pile.

As a result I was always losing important bits of information. 

I would put the dentist’s appointment reminder on the shelf and somehow convince myself that because it was there, I wouldn’t forget.  Wrong. 

So many appointments were wasted due to my inefficient system, and I’m sure my dentist was ready to throttle me!

Even if your house is small, you can still create a system that works for you.  You don’t need a huge desk and a mountain of in trays to be a little more organised (I promise).

Armed with a small shelf, a concertina box file and a couple of lever arch files and a steely determination, you can create a perfectly manageable filing system that works for you and keeps your life running smoothly.

Remember, make things happen, don’t make excuses.  



Is Your List Getting You What You Want?

A “to-do” list is the classic tool for keeping track of all your tasks.  

But the problem is, that most of them don’t work as often we just don’t know which item to tackle first.  We look at our list, feel overwhelmed, and so just do the items we deem to be most important first, which means that the others just get pushed to the bottom rung.

Admit it, how many of you have those couple of tasks on your list, that get pushed from week to week, and never actually crossed off?

If you want to start being more productive then you have got to produce a more productive list: one that means you are taking positive action to get yourself what you want from your time.

Try these simple tips:

  • Before you go to bed each night, spend no more than 10 minutes, planning your tomorrow.
  • List all the things you need to get done.
  • Time chunk your day, setting aside time for all your writing, telephone, meeting and errand tasks to be done together.
  • Prioritise the hardest and least pleasurable tasks on top and commit to doing them first.
  • Set reminders in your calendar to alert you 30 minutes before the task or meeting time.
  • Commit to doing at least one task per day that moves you towards a long term goal or dream.

If you have any time management tips you’d like to share with us, I would love you to post a comment below.

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