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Perspective can change as we watch time tick away each day

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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The seconds of time continually click away with the beginning of each new day. Each day starts with 86,400 seconds in our time management bank account and within 24 hours that account has a zero balance only to be renewed at midnight with another 86,400 seconds.

When we begin to look at time as we look at our checking accounts, we may actually begin to develop a different perspective. From this perspective, we may discover to appreciate how we conduct our days through our behaviors. This is the answer to how well we manage ourselves and thus time.

One of the best strategies for better time management is the use of a calendar. My calendar has certain fixed items to be handled each day. These items include:

• Recording all inbound marketing numbers

• Writing a blog post or posts

• Visiting LinkedIn and responding to all emails

• Downloading all emails and responding

• Participating in various online sites where a commitment has been made

Then the calendar reflects all of my commitments including:

• Speaking and meeting with new potential and existing clients

• Attending business to business networking events

• Participating in ongoing professional development

• Traveling time to meetings, speaking engagement, etc.

• Meeting writing deadlines for weekly business column to several journals

• Handling internal business administrative tasks

For me one of the greatest challenges was syncing all these activities. Recently LinkedIn’s update to its contacts section allows me to import all calendar items plus contacts. This has saved me time as I know have only one place to visit to ensure all commitments are honored.

Smart devices now also help us better manage ourselves and leverage every possible minute. Then, there are a plethora of free applications for smart devices that track “to do” lists to ensure you make the most of those 86,400 seconds. What application is best for you depends upon your business, your role and your tasks.

Again, to be repetitive, time management is 100 percent about self-management. If you are losing time, then recognize the issue is not a broken clock, but your beliefs and your behaviors.

P.S. Fair time is here both in Porter County and Lake County.



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