You Can Manage Your Time Better: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

You Can Manage Your Time Better: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

by Lucy MacDonald


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780287935
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 820,443
Product dimensions: 4.97(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Lucy MacDonald, M.Ed., is an award-winning Canadian Certified Counsellor* who uses a solution-focused counselling approach to consult with clients who want help with life problems such as stress, anger, burnout, and grief. Lucy consults with her clients through telephone counselling.

Lucy was awarded the Counsellor Practitioner of the Year by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association for "competence in counselling and effectiveness of both skills and service" and "the optimal model of a caring person and professional whose knowledge, skills, and talents are valued by clients and colleagues". The author lives in Eastern Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Understanding time 13

Forms of time 14

What is time management? 16

The benefits of time management 18

Exercise one: map your time 21

Time urgency 22

Exercise two: find your hurry zone 25

The Pareto Principle 26

Exercise three: keep a time-use diary 27

What's stopping you? 29

Procrastination 30

Exercise four: stop procrastinating now 33

Perfectionism 34

Exercise five: create a collage of your aspirations 37

Fear of failure 38

Fear of success 41

Exercise six: find your own definition of success 43

Workaholism 44

Exercise seven: assess your attitude to work 47

Exercise eight: learn to set limits 49

Quality time 51

What is important to you? 52

Exercise nine: identify your values 59

The purpose of your life 60

Exercise ten: write your personal "mission statement" 63

Exercise eleven: leave your own legacy 65

Time to plan 67

Choosing and using your planner 68

Planning your week 72

Exercise twelve: analyze your time budget 75

Your daily schedule 76

Exercise thirteen: plan your day the easy way 79

Long-term planning 80

Exercise fourteen: set your five-year goal 81

Time management at work 83

Managing your business contacts 84

Paper management 88

Exercise fifteen: climb the paper mountain 89

De-clutter your office 90

Time-saving technology 92

Managing email 95

Phone-slave or master? 97

Exercise sixteen: track your phone time 98

Project management 99

Time-wasters and time-savers 103

Information overload 104

The management of meetings 107

Exercise seventeen: make your meetings meaningful 109

Dealing with interrruptions 110

Learn to delegate 112

Exercise eighteen: assess your workload 113

How to say "no" 114

Making use of waiting time 116

Time management for everyone 119

Time management for children 120

Exercise nineteen: make a countdown calendar for kids 21

Exercise twenty: make time "pizzas" 123

Time management for students 126

Exercise twenty-one: create a semester schedule 129

Exercise twenty-two: make a weekly schedule 131

Exercise Twenty-three: create a study schedule for exams 133

Time management for parents 134

Exercise twenty-four: create a "command center" 137

Working from home 140

Time management for creative people 144

Exercise twenty-five: take advantage of your creative time 147

Managing time in retirement 148

Exercise twenty-six: map your retirement 151

Exercise twenty-seven: visualize a positive retirement 153

Conclusion 154

Further reading 156

Studies and Papers 159

Acknowledgements 160

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