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Learning to use your time wisely is an asset for anyone looking to make the most of their day. Accept that you won’t complete a big project or achieve a complex goal overnight. Commit, rather, to working on them every day in small chunks, using your time management skills to ultimately achieve efficiency.
By setting clear and concise criteria — breaking each goal or project into parts with understandable steps — you can actively work toward achieving them. Every day you can work smart instead of hard and make the right decisions to chip away at your goals. By taking the time to become sure of your goals and the actions involved at each phase of completion, you can work more efficiently and not waste additional time with planning when you could be getting the job done.
At the end of the day have you ever sat there and thought: ”Where did the time go?” You might have had a list of things to do, but somehow time got away from you and before you realize it you just lost time that you’re never getting back. I’ll be honest, that has happened to me more times than I would like to admit, and it usually makes me feel like crap. I would feel even crappier when I would see a celebrity accomplish so much and I would start to compare myself to them.
After listening to Diddy’s recent interview with The Breakfast Club at Power 105.1, something really stuck out to me. As he was talking about launching his Revolt network he said: ”I have the same 24 hours a day that everyone does.” That made me realize that if he was able to cook eggs, advertise Ciroc, create an entire television network, and be a mogul, what’s stopping me from utilizing those entire 24 hours that he has? So I had to stop and re-evaluate where my time was going, and decided to help those who might deal with these common time stealers.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
I know that this doesn’t seem like a time stealer, but it can be. If you’re too busy thinking about how other people are succeeding then you’re not spending your time doing your own work. The moment you stop paying attention to what everyone else is doing is when you’ll be able to focus fully on your own work.
Once again, this seems like you’ll be able to multitask, but worrying takes up a lot of your time if you allow it to. When your mind is running with “shouldas, couldas, wouldas,” then you’re not working at your best capacity. Your mind isn’t being utilized to its full potential, so it’s going to take you longer to get work down.
Break up Tasks into Smaller Tasks
Something that can hurt people and their time management skills is usually by trying to power through such large tasks in a small time. This can cause people to become overwhelmed and shut down. By breaking it into small tasks then it’ll be easier to break up and complete, and the excitement if finishing a part of it can help power you through other projects.
One of my favorite tweets during the #ABCReports twitter parade expressed how black people think that lack of sleep is the way to success. Because too many times we do think that if you’re grinding all day and through the night you’re getting a lot done, but being tired is an efficiency killer. When you’re tired you work almost two times slower than you would well rested.
Wait to Visit Your Favorite Websites
I have fallen into that trap wanting to visit my favorite websites for a few minutes and then hours later, and seven open windows of stories that I have left to read are haunting me as I wonder where did my hours go. If you have a tendency to get lost in online publications, or social media sites, visit them after your work is done.
Now, let’s put those 24 hours a day to good use!
Kendra Koger is always here 24 hours a day, and her twitter is always @kkoger.
Everyone jokes about BPT (Black People Time), but lateness is no laughing matter when it comes to your job.
A new survey from Timex, found that most Americans are sticklers when it comes to tardiness: 64 percent of workers say they “are never late for work,” and more than half of them say that any amount of lateness means you should be considered “officially” late to work, reports The Grindstone.
So people who are late — be it to work, to meetings, in completing projects — they stand out like a sore thumb. Employers and even fellow co-workers don’t like dealing with workers who are late. Not only do you leave a bad impression as irresponsible, but your lateness can affect the entire office.
“Employers are also under a duty of care to know where their employees are within the time-frames they are supposed to be at work, and thus if you are not on time without giving forward notice, it falls to their human resources department to make followup calls and ensure that you are okay and not been in an accident or had any trouble getting in,” reports Career Path.
Being habitually late to meetings can also indicate a lack of respect or commitment. “People who are late in the early part of their career are often labeled as irresponsible and undependable. Some employees actually lose their jobs for lateness, particularly if companies put all new employees on a trial period of probation,” reports Yahoo!
“Arriving late can immediately decrease your perceived status from professional to amateur. Wouldn’t a professional have enough experience to know how much time he/she needs to complete all relevant preparatory tasks?” says life coach and entrepreneur Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis (known as Dr. Bisa).
Your lateness can affect even the mood of your co-workers. If you are expected to attend an important meeting with a client, your boss, co-workers, and even the client will be anxious about your ability to get to the meeting on time. “No matter how good your products or services may be, remember, your perceived status has been decreased,” Dr. Bisa tells us.
You are not alone, however, if you have trouble being on time. Even Dr. Bisa says she battled lateness. “I’m the perfect person to discuss being late because, unfortunately, I feel as if I inherited ‘the late trait.’ I struggle with time management, but recognize it. That’s the first step,” she explains. “I plan diligently to prevent arriving late, which I consider the second step.”
10 Steps To Stop Being Late
Own Your Lateness: “Accept the fact that time management is a challenge for you. Stop making excuses or blaming your lateness on other people and situations—traffic, family,” advises Dr. Bisa.
Understand Time Constraints: “Avoid overextending yourself by scheduling too many appointments around the same time. By doing this, you are setting yourself up to being late,” reports Wiki How.
Just Say No: It’s not possible to attend every event, so don’t even consider trying. “Refrain from accepting invitations that you cannot realistically fit into your schedule. Not only will you be creating a stressful situation for yourself because you will be forced to follow through on the invite, but you will most likely be late and upset the person you are meeting,” reports Wiki How.
Realize It’s Not All About You: “Recognize how your late arrivals affect your performance and those around you. Watch the look on others’ faces when you walk into the room late,” advises Dr. Bisa.
Recognize The Ramifications: “Actions peak louder than words. Reflect on the event and your performance, then think about how much better it could have turned out had you arrived in a timely fashion,” notes Dr. Bisa.
Manage Your Time: Time management is key to being on time. “Make a conscious and concerted decision to better manage your time. Figure out what causes you to be late and manage accordingly,” says Dr. Bisa. “For instance, I recognize that the majority of my time is spent taking long showers and applying make-up. I need a solid 90 minutes to get ready. Every time I give myself less than 90 solid minutes to get dressed, I end up being late.”
Stop Manipulating Others: Being late is a form of control over others. “Realize that it won’t be long before an assertive person calls you out on this tactic and brings you down to size, probably in front of everyone. And that won’t look good,” reports Wiki How.
Remember the 5 Ps : “The 5 Ps are Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance,” explains Dr. Bisa. “Leave early enough to arrive early; prepare attire and materials the night before.”
Boost Your Self Esteem: “If you feel a need to use lateness as a form of testing your loved ones’ loyalty and determination to stick with you, there is something missing inside, namely self-love,” notes Wiki How. Tell yourself that you don’t need others to constantly prove they care about you by giving up their time waiting for you.
Go Tech: Technology can help keep you on time. “Plan with traffic in mind by using Navigation with traffic notifications on your smart phone; set earlier alarms, notifications and reminders on smart phone and follow them,” says Dr. Bisa. “Modern technology provides great business tools to enable today’s professionals to schedule and plan properly. However, a smart phone is only as smart as the user.”
Let’s face it: we’re human… we all waste some time during the day. Anything less would make us robots and we’re still a ways from the mythic robot-human hybrid. The trick is to honestly evaluate your work habits. From there you can begin to identify where and how to use your time more efficiently.
Try these few things to get you a lot closer to getting that project done:
Don’t believe the hype; multitasking is a myth. Only two percent of the population can do it successfully. You will work quicker–and more accurately–by focusing on one task at a time. Set a goal of working on one important item for 30 full minutes at a stretch.
Smartphones are great for keeping us connected, not so great for keeping us focused on work. Every flash, whistle, ding, and beep distracts us from the project at hand. Yes your friend’s new baby is “too cute!” But will saying it at 5pm instead of during the workday crush the newborn’s self-esteem? Probably not. Turn off your phone alerts and begin training yourself to respond at certain times of the day.
Email: Just as bad as the smartphone. STAY AWAY! Your email inbox is where time goes to get lost, never to be heard from again. According to a recent survey most people spend almost 10 minutes responding to an email and take another 15 minutes to get back to work. Filters like Unroll.me and SaneBox can help you sort your emails so you don’t waste time on the non-essentials. While site-blocking tools that let you visit, but only stay a certain amount of time like StayFocused can help you manage the looming vortex known as the Internet.
For more on how to avoid procrastination, check out these tips.
If you are always running behind schedule, missing deadlines, and unable to keep on schedule, then you need time-management. According to the makers of the Twist app, 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population is “consistently late,” especially when it comes to work, reports PC Magazine. And time really is money in the business world. Being late to can cost you customers.
But don’t worry. There are a few tricks to ensuring that you are always on time — early even. So forget the snooze button. Here are 10 time management tips that will easily boost your productivity.
Owning a small business is challenging even in good times, as any entrepreneur will tell you, but the rewards outweigh the difficulties. Women now have the remote control to conquer their destinies through entrepreneurship, earning, owning and making decisions about money every single day. The risk of owning your own enterprise isn’t for everyone, male or female, but women are finding their niche in the empire-building world!
It can be oh so hard to push your body to keep going after a long day at work. You probably just want to go home and eat on your couch, curling up to every TV show from last week that you have piled up in your DVR queue. But successful people spend their evenings a little differently. Here’s how you can too!
Mom and Entrepreneur Joanna Davis Manages a Successful Restaurant While Caring for Nine (Yes, Nine) Children
Restaurants are big business in this country. Most people enjoy at least a couple of meals per week in one, in addition to the fast food restaurants we visit and the high-end restaurants that host our big holiday celebrations and events. According to the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry generates an average $1.8 billion on a typical day. And yet, despite all of that , many restaurants fail. Just take a look at Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares for a sampling of the restaurants that don’t make it.
So if you can make a restaurant work, it’s quite an accomplishment. And if you can make it work while raising a family, that an even bigger success.
Joanna Davis is a woman who took her passion for preparing mouth-watering dishes, combined it with her business knowledge, and co-founded the Shrimp Shack Grill with her husband, Max. Located less than half a mile north of I-170 in St. Louis, MO, the Shrimp Shack Grill specializes in all things shrimp and seafood, incorporating some of your favorite foods: okra, collard greens, yams, and potato fries into the mix. These are fresh meals designed to remind them of their grandmothers’ cooking. Hungry yet?
“I am from a big family and Max and I have a big family,” Davis shares at the Shrimp Shack Grill’s official website. She continues, “But it is the memories around the kitchen or in our restaurant that are my most precious.” It’s these memories that Joanna shares with her customers.
While time management and project juggling is challenging for all entrepreneurs, Joanna’s case is a little special. In addition to tracking and managing a budget and staff, Joanna is also mother to nine children. And besides her restaurant business, she also sells her own line of seasonings called “Jo Jo Seasonings.” Flavors include Garlic Parmesan and Rib Rub.
As Beyoncé prepares for a musical comeback with her newborn baby, Blue Ivy, in tow to and from the studio, the new mother seems to juggle it all well: a high profile career while being both a mother and a wife. While other celebrities like Oprah, have shunned the idea of having kids, saying that her job ultimately became her ‘baby,’ there are others who seem to manage it all: the family and the career. Is this a new notion for the modern day woman? Do to be very successful, does something have to give? Or can women really have it all?
While the average career mom may not have a high profile job like the above mentioned celebs or a nanny to assist with household chores and fill in on ‘baby duty’ when mom and dad want some alone time, all women who are attempting to climb the career ladder, raise children, and keep a relationship spicy all share the same struggles of balance, just on different levels.
The question of women having it all is a timeless debate that has changed over time. Part of the reason the ‘having it all’ theory has changed is because what constitutes ‘having it all’ has subsequently been altered.
In the past, having it all may have meant to have a big house, a man with big pockets, and kids adored by envious neighbors. Mothers were excited to cook dinner and please their men. And while this certainly wasn’t all women, the vast majority (especially before the 70’s) considered this the American Dream.
Now, for many women, that American Dream consists of having their own career. But does having multiple degrees, businesses, or budding careers mean that relationships will suffer? Can a woman truly be a force to be reckoned with in her respective career and still be supermom and wife?
Many women struggle to balance relationships and career, before marriage. So it’s inevitable that the struggle becomes even greater once marriage and children are involved. But even things that are difficult to juggle can still be juggled, right?
Between working, writing, and grad school, I barely have time to date and manage all of my responsibilities. This is also partly because my time management skills are almost nonexistent. But imagine if I added a family to the equation. Juggling it all would require some serious time management skills and a bit of extra help whether through family, friends, or babysitters.
I’m not saying it’s impossible to manage. But it seems to be all about timing, balance, and compromising.
At some point in time, one thing must be compromised to ensure the success of the other, whether it’s for a day, a month or a year; it’s not realistic to be Betty Crocker every day, work long hours at an office, travel every other week for work, and make sure hubby isn’t sneaking around because of lack of food and affection. As much as we like to consider ourselves as superwomen, there just isn’t that many hours in a day.
Still, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be done, right? Or is it a matter of having it all, just not all at once?
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A few years ago, Beyonce told a magazine that churchgoers’ reactions to her celebrity status keep her from attending church. “I think God understands if I miss Sunday service,” she said.
Well, Beyonce may not be one of them, but according to the National Council of Churches, 147.3 million people—or just under half of the American population—attend church.
Personally, I’m a church girl and have been for most of my life. I’m always at church. I volunteer at my church, worked at my church, went to high school at my church, attended a Bible college at my church and even met my husband at my church. However, as I’m reading more of the Bible, aggressively pursuing my career goals, paying closer attention to my financial status, navigating life as a newlywed and generally just re-evaluating several areas of my life, I’ve begun to wonder if incessant church attendance is necessary…or even productive?
I believe that church attendance is vital for education, edification, and fellowship with other believers. Week after week, God moves in churches across America to bring salvation, healing and deliverance. There are people in other countries who risk their lives to have an organized church service.
However, many churches like mine have three or more services a week and expect their members to attend every one. I’m not convinced any successful person spends this much time at church.
How could they? There are only so many hours in a week and if we have jobs and families then where does excessive church attendance fit in? It doesn’t. Something has to suffer and because too many erroneously and un-Biblically equate church with Christianity, we find ourselves forsaking all to…attend church.
That’s not what God intended.
When people in the Bible asked Jesus what they must do to be saved, he didn’t answer, “Spend every waking moment at church,” so why, two-thousand years later, has the Way, the Truth, and the Life been watered down to church attendance?
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently reported that “roughly 60 percent of Black women say they attend religious services at least once a week. No group of men or women from any other racial or ethnic background exhibits comparably high levels of religious observance.”
We also know that, statistically, Black women lag behind others in the areas of health and wealth. Are our peers are climbing the ladder of success as we sit in our local sanctuaries? How can we even begin to fulfill the Great Commission and be the “light of the world” if we hide our light under the church pews? Living in Christian bubbles is wholly ineffective. The expectation that Christians cloister in church every chance we get has largely left us out of the ranks of highly successful people. Is there a way to find a balance between spending time at church and still getting substantial things accomplished in life? I believe so.
Of course, I can think of many less noble ways to whittle away time than spending it at church. People spend an exorbitant amount of time watching Real[ly] [Not Anybody's] Wife of [Pick Your City], enjoying senseless “hobbies” or being engrossed in Facebook’s new Timeline feature. Personally, I’ve spent hours I’ll never get back on Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr or catching up on shows via DVR.
I’m merely suggesting for that we shouldn’t be made to feel as though we are less than heaven-bound because we skip a Wednesday night service in order to go to work, get our house in order or even to spend time with friends and family.
I’m no Beyonce Knowles but, yes,I know God understands if I too, miss a Sunday service.
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