How To Do More – IFB’s BEST Time Management Tips

Ah, Tax Time. Such a special time of year. For some of us a hectic last minute scramble to get everything done on time, but for those who planed ahead it's just another day. Between working, blogging and everything else we fill our busy lives with, finding time to do taxes seems like a huge strain.

Which got me thinking – we are forced to look over our money each year – to review and budget, why not do the same with our time? If we budget it well maybe we'll have more of it free, or at least more to spend on things we enjoy…

So, without further ado (don't want to waste your time now, do we) here are IFB's Tips for Budgeting Your Time

  • Make Lists: Sure, it sounds cliche – but lists are an amazing way to keep track of your tasks. I like to have a few going at once – Today, This Week, This Month. There are also some fantastic apps for lists – try TeuxDeux.com or Orchestra.
  • Prioritize: Yes, you can do anything you want to do, but you can't do everything. There's just not time for that (unless you can learn to live without sleep!) So figure out what the most important projects are, what you are the most passionate about and what you need to be doing to get by in life. Keep these as top priorities and shelve the rest.
  • Visualize your Tasks: I like to use post-it notes. I color code them by project and priority and stick them above my desk. That way I can see what I need to be working on right in front of my face. It's also very rewarding to pull the post-its off the wall when I finish a task.
  • Schedule Downtime: We all need breaks. Take some. If you work constantly you'll burn out, and then you won't be able to get anything done! Be sure you are adding breaks to your to-do lists. (ie Cuddle with kitty, Take a walk in the park,  do yoga, etc, etc, etc)

Do you have any tips for time management? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. lola999

    One has to schedule one’s work week like anyone at the office. Important is to remember long-term goals otherwise you get too caught up in the day-to-day..weeks go by and you realize you’ve lost sight.

    Also, I use EVERNOTE. Quite cool for anything and everything you discover while surfing the net. Best thing about it: you can have it on all your devices. It syncs and has labels so you actually find things again.

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  2. Sentrell

    I use iCal in my iphone, my moleskine as well as a white board above my desk. I write everything down in all three locations. therefore, no matter where I am I know what my tasks are.

    Just like lola999, I use EVERNOTE to jot down ideas. I also like SimpleMind+ (iPad app). It a Mind Map application. It allows you to organize ideas.

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