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Dear Elizabeth, When I was a kid, I was always the last one to get picked up from everything. My parents were always running late, and I swore that I’d do a better job when I was on my own. So…maybe it’s genetics? I’m late a lot, and it really bugs me. What can I do? Late-a-lot _______________________________________________________________________ Dear Late-a-lot, Everyone is late sometimes, and it’s understandable when something unavoidable rears its ugly head to delay us.  Chronic lateness, as your story points out, isn’t just a problem for the tardy party, but also for those left waiting. You could just move someplace like Spain, where start and end times are hardly more than suggestions.[...]

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Google Calendar is a free, online calendar application you can access anytime from a computer or hand-held device (find help here for Google Calendar via phone). UsingGoogle Calendar, you can label and color code all your ongoing commitments (i.e. a class, kids’ sports practice, Doctor’s appointment), view your monthly, weekly or daily schedule, and create email reminders for important events. Google Calendar is an excellent tool for collaborations as well, allowing you to share calendars for others to see and/or edit. Note that you will need a Google account to use the service (available free here). How are you harnessing the power of the internet to take control of your time? We’d love to know[...]

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One of the most important steps in good time management is having a place to organize your schedule.  While some might prefer to use their phone or other portable device (check out online reviews and price comparisons on wize.com), there are also a wide range of more economical paper planners available online or at your local office supply store. Because it’s a tool you’ll use every day, take the time to research popular brands (try Day Runner,  FranklinCovey, or MoleskineUS) and find the layout that best serves your needs (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly). If you settle for a planner you don’t like very much, you won’t actually use it. If you’re not finding something that[...]

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With school, work, family, and an active social life, it’s easy to be moving so quickly we don’t know where we’re going.  Effective time management is all about slowing down and getting organized upfront, so we can then work more efficiently and with a sense of purpose. As recommended in Book 1: Building a Foundation, try making a list of all the obligations on your plate. Also note how long you expect it to take; be realistic and include travel time in your estimate. Next, rank each item as: Immediate — anything with an upcoming deadline Essential – an ongoing activity or flexible deadline Optional – leisure activities You’ve just prioritized your to-do list! Starting[...]

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Rat Race (2001) directed by Jerry Zucker In this hilarious update of the Hollywood classic, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, six teams race around the country, competing against each other and the clock to be the first to find a two million dollar prize. Laughter boosts immunity, releases endorphins and relaxes the body—just what you need when you’re in the middle of a stressful time. (You can read more about laughter’s health benefits here.) Rat Race also shows how high pressure circumstances can turn even the most calm and rational person into a bumbling, anxiety-ridden wreck. In between laughs, it might be worth considering how sometimes putting too much pressure on ourselves can[...]

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In the 1997 business classic, The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less (Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd.), Richard Koch explains how reorganizing your priorities can help promote maximum success with minimum time. The book takes its name from Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto’s theory that 20% of our work will produce 80% of the results. Rather than working ourselves silly trying to do more, The 80/20 Principle can help you cut out the excess and focus on the activities that are already working—all you have to do is stop and ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing right now a part of the 20% that will bring 80% of the rewards?” If the answer is[...]