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Have you ever wondered how some people get more done than others? I have always believed that wasting time is as bad as wasting resources or money. I started taking stock of how much time I spend waiting for something, and the numbers will astound you!
EXAMPLE: I spend 30 hours a year waiting for my coffee to brew! If you spend 5 minutes a day, that comes out to be just about 30 hours per year!
I spend about twice that waiting for a bus! And don't even get my started on the 20 minutes per hour that is nothing but commercials on each and every show I watch!
So, I compiled a list of what I do while I...
I hope this will help you not only in your time management, but perhaps even help you eliminate some things you may be doing that you don't even like!
While I Brew My Coffee I:
It sure helped me and I am sure it will help you all too.
Source: I thought of this myself. I have been a multitasker from before it had a name, so this is old stuff to me. This is a way to get it out to all "like minded" people. Enjoy all your newly saved time!
How often have you promised to bring something to work (or to a co-worker) the next day and forgotten to do so? And then you forget the next day, and the next day...
When I was working overseas and our Internet services were less than stellar, I used to jot down a little note and stick it in my shirt pocket. When I got home and emptied out my pockets, I'd see the note and take care of it. If Internet services are reliable, like my service in Maryland is, send yourself an e-mail as a reminder. Once you get home, and see the reminder - Do it! If you promised to bring in a book, grab the book and put it in the car.
By Mike Urciolo from Germantown, MD
My husband teases me because I have inherited a family trait of making lists for everything! It sure helps when we go shopping, so I know exactly what we need for recipes, etc.
To remember things you want to do keep a big pad on your desk and one near your chair where you set in living room. I also keep a pad for a grocery list, sometimes just watching TV I think of an item I need so I write it down.
I keep a list on the kitchen counter of things to do and things to buy. If I remember something else that needs to be done I just add it to the bottom of the list. After a day or two I rewrite the list and take off anything that's already marked off.
I keep a pad and pen beside each the computer and the microwave. I use the one by the microwave for shopping items I need; then I have a ready-made shopping list.
I live for my lists. I can't do much without them. So I am always shifting my lap desk and losing them on the floor.
I'm a big list user. I have an excel spreadsheet on my computer with tabs. I have a list for my movies, cookbooks, kitchen items, books, and more. I get this habit from my mom!
When packing to go on Holiday, I prepare a list. I have made up a list of everything that I should bring along and made extra copies of this "TAKE ON TRIPS" list.
Anytime you are taking notes from a speech, making a grocery list, or just getting you chores organized, use any size paper that's handy, divide into four sections by either folding in it or drawing a line down the center and one line across the middle.
Keep a list of all the foods in your fridge and freezer on a dry erase board and add/subtract foods as you eat/replenish them! It is great for being able to scan and see what you can make or what you need at a quick glance!