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Say Goodbye to Time Famine with These Schedule Hacks

Do you ever feel like there aren't enough hours in the day and you don't have enough time to finish everything? If you do, you're not alone. It even has a name that started showing up in scientific studies around the turn of the century: time famine.

What is time famine, and what can you do to hack your schedule and find more time in your day?

Topics: Time Management Productivity Personal Development

Ten Ways to Master Time

Time has always been a precious resource - but it is treasured even more so today. Present day lifestyles are often demanding and hectic. Because modern day society is challenged with busy schedules that are packed into limited timeframes, there are many people who want to know how to master time and relieve stress and pressures from deadlines.

Topics: Time Management Leadership

Magic Hands

I am about to do a magic trick right before your very eyes.  Without you realizing it, I am going to make something important to you disappear.  First you will see it, then you won't.  No doubt, if you are an entrepreneur, you will "know" how I did it.  No... my hand is not in your pocket or your wallet.  I am not going to steal your candy bar. It will be painless and there is no hypnotism involved.  (You can talk to the Mentalist if you are looking for hypnotism)

Topics: Time Management Personal Development

Don’t Get Duped into Duplicating Work

The Greek myth of Sisyphus tells the tale of a man condemned to rolling the same giant boulder up a hill for all of eternity only to have it roll back down each time. There are times when handling work around the office can echo this myth and make us all feel like Sisyphus. How many times have you moved a paper or project across your desk, only to have it reappear still undone or needing your attention once again?

Topics: Time Management Productivity

Email Bankruptcy

If two days of email review, erase or respond are missed, the inbox is overflowing.  In the days of old when there was a real "inbox" sitting on a desk at your business, the visual impact of overflowing paperwork had impact on your psych.  With the virtual inbox hidden behind the bytes and ram, the stack is not quite as dramatic.

It is getting worse.  I have added to the problem by providing the Best Email Marketing Services List for Business on the Planet.  While the list is profoundly helpful, it does give more opportunity to fill your email inbox (and mine).

It may be time for email bankruptcy.  (For those times when a computer crashes or is replaced, illness, vacation, etc.)

Topics: Time Management Productivity Email Marketing

I'm too busy - RescueTime saves the day (and hours)

Where does the time go?  Time management is much more complicated than during the pre-Internet era.  Slipping from the Internet to the brick and mortar and back again in a flash can make even the most organized and disciplined person become distracted and unproductive.

The very software that was meant to save time soon becomes an obsession to conquer and the media hype is saying: "Do more social media" or "Get another badge".  

You can track time the old fashioned way.  Grab a yellow pad, record activities every 15 minutes and over the course of one week a pattern emerges.

Instead of doing it the hard way, use a tool like RescueTime.com.

Topics: Time Management Free Software

The Best Video Ever For Improving Productivity

This video will show you how to improve your productivity.  In fact, it does such a good job with explaining how to improve productivity that you will be celebrating in a big way.  Since you are the boss of you and have the ability to make your own judgment about what is most important, you (with an entrepreneurial mind) is looking always for the next big thing. 

After you watch the video and follow the principles, the next big question you will have:  "What would I do with extra time each day?" 

Topics: Time Management Productivity Personal Development

How to Manage Projects As a Freelancer

If you're a sole proprietor, you probably need to manage multiple projects at a time, mostly alone. You likely do not have an entire staff at your fingertips like a CEO of a fortune 500 company. Nevertheless, you must manage the projects in an organized manner so that you can get things accomplished without dropping the ball.

In this article I'll give you tips about how to:

Topics: Time Management Goal Setting

A Great List of 13 Online Scheduling Software Programs

Before you receive the complete list of online scheduling software for making appointments online, TimeTrade has become my favorite.  TimeTrade offers an opportunity to control your calendar based on your needs.  The price is right at $49/year and with the option to make as many pages as needed is a big plus. 

Topics: Software Time Management

Time Management, Productivity, Project Tracking Software | RescueTime

"On average RescueTime 3 hours and 54 minutes worth of productive time per week per person."  RescueTime is a tool that allows you to easily understand and optimize how you and your team spends their time and attention. RescueTime gets it done with NO DATA ENTRY. RescueTime is all automatic.  You install a small application on the computers of choice and the software and web sites which are actively being used is automatically tracked.

Topics: Time Management Free Software Productivity