Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Time Management > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Time Management

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date. No time to say "hello", "goodbye", I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!

Have you ever felt like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland? Rushing from one thing to the next with no time to rest or relax? If so, perhaps what you need is some time management.

The problem is, you can't really manage "time". You can't take a few hours from the morning and put them in the evening, or take a few extra hours from the middle of the day and put them into the night. There are the same number of hours in the day for everyone, and the follow exactly the same pattern every day.

Each day you have 24 hours to utilize. This breaks down into 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds. Each person gets the same amount. You can't save them like vacation days. When they are over, the time is gone. Whether you spent your time wisely or foolishly, it doesn't matter, you can't get it back.

So, if you can't manage "time", what can you manage? You can manage yourself and how you spend your day by setting priorities for what you want to accomplish and then scheduling the activities into a day planner, a calendar, or just a "to do" list.

Have you ever seen someone who seems to be able to accomplish 25 different things while you have difficulty completing 4 or 5? That person has learned the secret of priority management - how to make good use of their time.

They may spend their Sundays preparing meals for the week so that they can have time for other activities during the week. They may give up television in order to take courses. They may make their children's activities a priority, but take knitting or reading with them for the "down" times at the rink, i.e. practices, dressing and undressing time. They may keep magazines or books with them to catch up on reading while waiting in the doctor's offices or for other appointments. They may listen to tapes in their car while driving, either to learn something new, or to keep their mind on something while they drive so they won't speed.

Once you have set some priorities, it will be easier to decide how to spend your time. For example, if your priority is getting your bike on the road, spending 1 1/2 hours on a Sunday afternoon working on the bike is a good use of your time. However, if your priority is keeping your spouse happy and she is waiting for you to help her in the garden, spending 1 1/2 hours on your bike is not a good use of your time!

The first thing you need to do is decide what is important to you and then schedule it into your day. If you use a calendar, you may want to colour code it with red for very important. You can schedule other events - work, leisure - in different colours so that it is easy to see what you want to do at any point in time. You can take some time at the beginning of each week to plan your activities for the week. Often you will have to plan your activities around other family members. It may help to colour code each of your family members as well. Then you can decide if spending time attending their activities is a priority for you or not.

One of the best questions to ask yourself on a regular basis is, "Is this the best use of my time at this moment?". If the answer is yes, keep on doing it. If the answer is no, then it's time for a change.

This doesn't mean that there is no time for unscheduled activities such as friends dropping over - it may mean a slight change in priorities for the day, or giving up some other free time during the week to accomplish your tasks, or simply moving them back a few days if necessary. The important thing is to set your priorities so that you will allow time for them. That way you will use your time more efficiently and you won't have to be like the White Rabbit running around saying, "No time, No time".

Fran Watson is a Career Counsellor and a Toastmaster (ATM-B). For more information on Toastmasters you can go to her webpage http://www.franwatson.ca

In The News:


Savannah Morning News

Finish Line: Overcome fear of public speaking with physical, mental tricks
Savannah Morning News
When it comes to public speaking, Jerry Seinfeld said it best. “According to most studies, people's No. 1 fear is public speaking. No. 2 is death. Death is No. 2. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're ...


British GQ

Nine secrets to powerful public speaking
British GQ
To have people hanging on every word, it's not always what you say that counts. It might be what you hear… Here, sound and communication expert Julian Treasure reveals nine secrets to powerful public speaking and conscious listening ...


The Dartmouth

The Art of Public Speaking: Q&A with Joshua Compton
The Dartmouth
Writing and rhetoric professor Josh Compton's research primarily focuses on inoculation theory and the influence of public speaking. Compton's course Speech 20, “Public Speaking,” aims to optimize students' understanding of public speaking through the ...


Inc.com

Elon Musk Fails Public Speaking 101. Here's Why We Hang on Every Word (and What You Can Learn From Him)
Inc.com
Musk is an unpolished public speaker at the best of times, but in this presentation he seemed more challenged than usual. He mumbles through the important phrase "multi-planet species" so fast that it's difficult to hear correctly. Here's a fairly ...

and more »

The Times

Everyone should be taught public speaking | Comment | The Times ...
The Times
Anthony Gordon Lennox wanted to teach the world to talk. He didn't put marbles in people's mouths or give them elocution lessons but helped everyone from ...

and more »

KTNV Las Vegas

VIDEO: Las Vegas public speaking coach helping business owners ...
KTNV Las Vegas
Las Vegas public speaking coach Alexia Vernon is getting some exposure with new reality show "Fix My Brand With Ali Craig" but is also helping fellow ...

and more »

BusinessCloud

Why humanity needs you to start public speaking
BusinessCloud
The top takeaways of the morning were preparation, preparation, preparation, and to think of public speaking as storytelling. There should be a beginning, middle and end, and it should be relatable. We also need to change the way we think about nerves, ...


WTVC

Circuit Court: Walker Co. school district's public speaking policy is ...
WTVC
UPDATE (Thursday, 8:54pm):Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines released a statement Thursday night in response to the Circuit Court of ...

and more »

The New Paper

DJ Elliott Danker trains MUS finalists in public speaking, Latest ...
The New Paper
MUS finalists get tips from DJ Danker on public speaking The Miss Universe Singapore contestants went through a public speaking training session with DJ ...

and more »

Washington Examiner

Ohio State slapped with lawsuit after barring Richard Spencer speaking opportunity
Washington Examiner
Ohio State is getting sued after it denied white nationalist Richard Spencer a speaking opportunity on campus over public safety concerns. A letter from the university explained Friday officials feared Spencer was a "substantial risk to public safety ...
Ohio State sued after decision to block Richard Spencer from speaking on campusThe Hill (blog)

all 11 news articles »
Google News

7 Sure Fire Ways To Overcome Stage Fright When Speaking Or Performing

Prayer or Meditation: If you're a believer you can pray... Read More

How to Polish Your Speaking Skills: Its Time for T.I.P.S.

When requested to write an article about public speaking tips,... Read More

Now Appearing: 9 Tips for a Well-Attended Event

When I made the decision to do free workshops and... Read More

How To Get Paid Every Time You Speak - REALLY!

For many, speaking or training is a full time business.... Read More

Lessons in Love for the Shy at Heart

One of the biggest regrets of my life is that... Read More

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters.... Toastmasters....What is Toastmasters?Is it a bunch of guys in... Read More

Speaking for FUN and PROFIT

How do you gain contacts from a speaking engagement?The name... Read More

How to Gracefully Leave After a Seminar or Speech When Someone is Hogging Your Time!

Meeting planners know the value of meticulous planning. They are... Read More

Youre Making Me Nervous

Almost everybody is nervous when they stand up to speak.... Read More

The Top Four Ways To Get Audience Involvement In A Presentation

In the thousands of speeches I've heard very few presenters... Read More

How to Build Respect with Your Audience: Positive Thinking and Outhouse Eyes

Do you believe in natural laws? Laws like:? What goes... Read More

Will Speak for Food - Using Free Speeches to Attract Customers

If you want to get in front of prospective customers,... Read More

Public Speaking - How to Make Your Next Speech Count

Along with the opening two minutes of a speech, the... Read More

Opening Your Speech

Imagine yourself at mission control; 10, 9, 8, 7, 6,... Read More

Giving Presentations: Public Speaking Secrets in a Nutshell

A high level manager contacted me in a panic. He... Read More

Speak With E?s Part 2

"Educate, Energize, Entertain, and provide an experience for your audience"1.... Read More

15 Ways To Keep Your Speaking Inspiring and Creative

When stressed or blocked it is wise to make a... Read More

Executive Public Speaking for English as a Second Language (ESL)

Public Speaking is a challenging skill. It is TOUGH! For... Read More

15 Ways for Speakers to Earn More Profits

There is huge potential to create additional profits from your... Read More

The Top 5 Public Speaking Questions Answered

There are a number of questions that we consistently get... Read More

No More Stagefright - Have Fun Speaking!

7 Tips that calm and center you before your presentation:1.... Read More

How to Get Started In Public Speaking

Public speaking is among the five most feared activities human... Read More

Ten Speech Tips for Writing Powerful and Persuasive Presentation

Have you ever had to give a speech?Do you remember... Read More

Public Speaking Tips: Lessons From Former US President Ronald Reagan

If you want public speaking tips, what are the ten... Read More

How To Handle Audience Questions Effectively

For some reason, the prospect of having to answer audience... Read More