Category Archives: Time Management

09 Nov

Precrastination – Who’d a Thought?

Another interesting article – this one is about a concept I discuss frequently with my clients – the tendency to do that which is right in front of you, but does not yet need to be addressed, just to get it off your plate. This tends to be something we do at the expense of

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20 Apr

Time Management Tip #5 – Plan Your Day

Time Management training is next Wednesday – 5 seats left! https://www.eventbrite.com/o/mclaren-coaching-3074191754 Time Management Tip #5 – Plan Your Day Often we approach our days without a clear intention for what we will accomplish. If this is how you do things, then chances of your being pulled this way and that by distractions and other people’s

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12 Apr

Time Management Tip #4 – Say “NO”

I cannot tell you how many of my coaching calls involve this epiphany:  “I need to say ‘no’ more often.”  It’s interesting to me how much we say “yes,” when our businesses would run smoother, not to mention our personal lives, if instead we said, “No.”  So many of us have a knee-jerk reaction to

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04 Apr

Time Management Tip #3 – Write it Down

Do you ever feel scattered or like there is too much in your head? When you have a spare moment, do you have so many things in your head that you don’t know where to start? Do you wake up at night wondering if you have missed something? These are symptoms of a larger challenge –

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29 Mar

Time Management Tip #2 – Take Breaks

Tip#2.  While many of my tips are not numbered in order of importance, this one is.  I believe this to be one of the most important and certainly most neglected time management tips. Perhaps it is because of the counter-intuitive nature of the tip that people don’t think of it, or often believe it.  Okay

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21 Mar

Time Management Tip #1

Tip #1. In order to figure out what time to leave (or start a project), count back from the time you need to be there (or to finish the project). This will give you your start time. If it is a project, figure out how many hours it will take and then decide when you

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16 Mar

The Meaning of “Time Management”

“Time management” is a common term that has been used for a long time. I use this term a lot because it means something to people. But in the end, I feel it is a misnomer. There are 24 hours in a day. And while you can manage a lot of things, I don’t know

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28 Sep

Time Management is Energy Management, Part II

How to Manage Energy to Get More Done In the last blog, we said, by managing energy more skillfully, it’s possible to get more done, in less time, more sustainably. This is counterintuitive to most people. The idea that taking time to take care of yourself will help you get more accomplished seems odd. And

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24 Sep

Time Management is Energy Management, Part I

“Time management” is a common term that has been used for a long time. I use this term a lot because it means something to people. But in the end, I feel it is a misnomer. There are 24 hours in a day. And while you can manage a lot of things, I don’t know

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21 Sep

Time Management Tip #14 – Practice the 10 Minute Rule

This one is simple: work on a dreaded task for 10 minutes each day. Often what stops us from working on these projects is their size, whether actual or perceived; or that we just don’t want to do them. We tend to view them as a whole – a large project that I can’t get

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16 Sep

Time Management Tip #12 – Delegate! (Part III)

Time Management Tip #12 – Delegate (Part III) [Below is from Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance, chapter 7, Managing Your Time and Energy—A Different Way to Practice, p. 173, etc.  In this chapter we lay out five tips on effective delegation.  Below is the fifth.] Learn to Delegate “The best executive is

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14 Sep

Time Management Tip #12 – Delegate! (Part II)

  Time Management Tip #12 – Delegate (Part II) Below is from Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance, chapter, 7, Managing Your Time and Energy—A Different Way to Practice, p. 173, etc.  In this chapter we lay out five tips on effective delegation.  Below is the fourth.  Learn to Delegate “The best executive is

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10 Sep

Time Management Tip #12 – Delegate (Part I)

  If you came to my time management workshop the first thing I would do is acknowledge you for showing up. Why? Because many people want to change their relationship to time, but even if they convince themselves to sign up for a time management training, they sometimes don’t actually attend because they think, (whether

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31 Aug

Procratinating Jobs that are “Too Big” (Part V)

In the first blog on procrastination, I identified three possible reasons why people might choose not to do the most essential task in favor of a less essential task. (http://www.mclarencoaching.com/procrastination-part-i-what-is-it-really/) The third reason was: 3. Sometimes the most essential task is too big or daunting so we put it off, believing that later we will

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27 Aug

Procrastination, Part IV – “But I Don’t Feel Like it”

In the first blog on procrastination, I identified three possible reasons why people might choose not to do the most essential task in favor of a less essential task. (http://www.mclarencoaching.com/procrastination-part-i-what-is-it-really/) The second reason was: 2. Sometimes we don’t enjoy doing the most essential task. When we avoid tasks and offer excuses like “not enough time”

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24 Aug

Procrastination, Part III – Determining that Most Essential Task

Questions to Ask to Avoid Procrastination In the first blog on procrastination, I identified three possible reasons why people might choose not to do the most essential task in favor of a less essential task. (http://www.mclarencoaching.com/procrastination-part-i-what-is-it-really/) The first reason was: Sometimes we don’t clearly see which is the most essential task. Everyday, we make choices

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16 Aug

“Procrastinator” – Is This a Label You Want?

Second in our series on procrastination, today I want to talk simply about the label “procrastinator,” I hear so many people give themselves. When people experience a pattern of behavior, they tend to label it: “I have a sweet-tooth.” “I am not good at that.” “I am a big picture person.” “I am a detail

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09 Aug

Procrastination Part I – What is it Really?

Procrastinate: “to put off doing something until a later date.” (Webster’s Dictionary.) I find this definition does not help us understand the energy that surrounds this topic for so many people. We make choices every day to put off many things. Indeed, choosing what to put off is a part of effective time management. Obviously not

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03 Aug

Time Management Tip #9: DO One Thing at a Time

By now I am hoping you have run across something advising you not to multi-task. It seems to be a popular topic. But why shouldn’t you multi-task? Let me see if I can shine some light on it. My thoughts here are taken from research, the experience of my clients and my own personal experiences.

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