MAKE TIME FOR FUN
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This is national procrastination week! ,
But don't expect any cards; I'm guessing no one will get around to sending them! Okay, no more puns!
It got me to thinking about some of the causes of procrastination I see and how they display themselves in our lives.
A quick look round my office and it was easy to decide which one to focus on for this week's article - clutter.
Clutter is a universal sign that we are putting things off whether we recognize that or not. The reasons behind each piece of clutter may be different but its presence lets you know there is an issue you are not dealing with.
My blog this week develops the topics of information overload, procrastination and fear - check it out is this rings bells for you.
I hope you enjoy this weeks articles.
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How to Deal With Your Clutter to Make More Time For Fun
Clutter is a universal sign that we are putting things off whether we recognize that or not. The reasons behind each piece of clutter may be different but its presence lets you know there is an issue you are not dealing with. Professional organizers know that tidying up is as much about addressing your mental state as it is about finding the right storage units for your home.
So how does this relate to time management? Simply put if you have things you can't find when you need them or have things that get in the way or distract you, and then you cannot focus and be productive to your fullest extent. This means everything takes longer and you have less time for things you want to spend time on!
So having gotten into this state how do you get yourself out of it.
Unfortunately there is no one step formula. Yes, you can get someone to come in and help you organize, but you need to recognize that it is an ongoing process. You need to commit to either keeping up the systems you put in place or dedicating a chunk of time on a regular basis to getting back in control. Sometimes having an organizing buddy can help and you can support each other and share ideas.
Whether it is a big one off revamp, or a regular quick tidy up here are some things to consider as you process all the "stuff" that is lying about.
Once you know which category all your "stuff" falls into you then consider how you need to organize these categories in your life. Do you need a filing system, an in-basket, a waste bin, a notice board, what kind of calendar etc?
Whatever you choose needs to support these functions for you and the way you work. Then all you need to do is stick with it, either day to day or in bursts.
If you or your child are struggling to control your time and get the results you know you are capable of then it is time to take action. The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get you back in control of your time and your life. It's all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you're done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy! All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter. E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.
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