A Confident Time Management Strategy

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Work all the time you work.

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Do nothing but the activity that’s right in front of you. Don’t check email or online forums or do web surfing. If you have this temptation, then unplug your Internet connection while you work. Turn off your phone, or simply refuse to answer it. Go to the bathroom before you start, and make sure you won’t get hungry for a while. Don’t get out of your chair at all. Don’t talk to anyone during this time.

Decide what it is you should be doing, and then do nothing but that. If you happen to manage others, periodically ask them what their #1 task is, and make sure they’re doing nothing but that. If you see someone answering email, then it should be the most important thing for that person to be doing at that particular time. If not, then relatively speaking, that person is just wasting time.

If you need a break, then take a real break and do nothing else. Don’t semi-work during a break if you feel you need rest and restoration. Checking email or web surfing is not a break. When you take a break, close your eyes and do some deep breathing, listen to relaxing music and zone out for a while, take a 20-minute nap, or eat some fresh fruit. Rest until you feel capable of doing productive work again. When you need rest, rest. When you should be working, work. Work with either 100% concentration, or don’t work at all. It’s perfectly fine to take as much down time as you want. Just don’t allow your down time to creep into your work time.

Lydia x

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Lydia J. Ward

Confidence Coach for Women

www.yourvelvetevolution.com

@velvetevolution

2 COMMENTS

  1. Good advice, Lydia. And the mid-day power nap is soooo underrated! Yes, it’s a luxury to be able to do it (very hard if you work in a cubicle), but taking that time to recharge mid-day makes me so much more focused and productive for my afternoon work. I do it a couple of times a week…guilt free!

  2. Hi Jude, great to hear form you and good for you.  Many people think negatively about power naps, (anything les than 45 minutes), yet research shows they are a very powerful way for us to re-energise, and so maintain our focus.  So I applaud you for your guilt free mindset :0) Wishing you a happy and confident day! Lydia