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Chapter 15. Managing Your Time > Build Your Time Management Skills

Build Your Time Management Skills

Now that you have a better idea of where your time has gone and how to get more of it in the present, you can begin taking steps to shape where it will go in the future.

The Power of Motion

One of the more important aspects of time management is being able to stick to the schedule you've created. Yet, there are times when an effectively plotted out day gets bogged down: phone calls, fatigue, a difficult project, whatever. These are the times to get off one's posterior and move around a little.

Take a break. If you're pressed for time, create a Calendar event that signals an alarm in 10 minutes. Better yet, if you find yourself working for long stretches of time without resting (a practice that looks good from management's viewpoint, but can quickly lead to health problems and burnout), set up several repeating events that signal alarms every two hours or so. If you're using DateBk5 (see later the next page), create a floating event that you can dismiss until later if you absolutely can't get away at that moment.

Or, set up a task that reminds you to take a break, get some coffee, or step outside for two minutes of fresh air. Position its priority so that after you complete the first one or two items on your list, you feel compelled to take a break in order to mark it off your list.

Motion has power, so it's in your best interest to keep moving, even if you spend most of your day in front of a computer. Remember that this type of motion is not counterproductive to “real work.”



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