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Managing Your Time as It Rushes By

This time of year is, for most of us, a busy time both at work and at home. The focus is on getting things done before the end of the year as well as before the various holiday breaks that crowd the end of the year. We want to get our work done that needs to be finished by year’s end and we want to make those decisions we must make before that same cut off. These require time and energy and maybe a bit more attention than at most any other time of the year.

Then we have all those personal tasks, plans and goals that similarly need to be addressed before year’s end. There may be entertaining of family and/or friends, there may be travel, there are likely gifts and possibly Christmas cards or other contacts for those you won’t see over the holidays. Thinking about all that must be crammed into the month following Thanksgiving can make your head hurt.

As with so many other things, organization and perseverance are key to making this time of year a success. Starting with what must be done – those work and home items that are absolutely necessary – list what items fit that requirement and note the deadline. Do the same with those nice to have items such as that extra project you wanted to do at work or home but that are not essential to complete in the available time.

The next step is to start on those items you have named as necessities and get them done, one at a time. Do NOT look at the big picture at this point, simply dig in and start doing the top items on your list at work as well as at home. Do NOT start doing any of the nice to haves while any necessities still remain on the list. It can be a distraction to work on those extras but it will cost you valuable time and energy you should direct to the necessities.

Following this simple approach should help you get to where you need to be before the end of the year and most likely even further. It also takes away some of the pressure since you won’t be spinning your wheels or worrying about everything – instead you will be getting things done.

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