10 Ways to Take Back Your Time

I've divided my tips into two sections - 5 ways to manage your time and 5 ways to take back your time. Both offer daily or regular practices to try out in your life right now.

The first section focuses more on easing the time pressures in your life, to deal with all of the things you've gotten yourself into ;)

The second section focuses on making overall changes to your life. When you take back your time you also take back your CHOICE. When we're feeling time pressured and stressed out it's easy to forget that we have any say in the matter. And we do!

5 WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR TIME

1. Choose specific times to look at email during the day - seeing emails as they come in can really distract you from what you're trying to accomplish and you'll end up losing time as you go back and forth between activities.

2. The 15-minute strategy. This not only helps motivate you by breaking down large jobs into smaller pieces, it also makes good use of your time. The strategy is to spend 15-minutes on a task and then move on the next. You can come back to the first one as many times as you need to until it's done.

3. Find a system that works for you for making and meeting deadlines and appointments - a calendar or day-timer. I use a Palm Pilot and have been really happy with it.

4. Plan and cook meals ahead of time. A huge time-saver and also makes it much easier to eat healthier. It could be as simple as cooking an extra portion of dinner and having it for lunch the next day, or you could plan out seven days at a time (which is what I do).

5. Keep up with things - whether it's tidying up your papers, doing the dishes or working on a report, doing things a bit at a time (see tip #2) instead of letting them pile up to the point of taking you all day, is much more manageable.

5 WAYS TO TAKE BACK YOUR TIME

1. Set and keep your boundaries - if you work for someone else, be clear about over-time and taking work home with you. If you work for yourself, establish the times of day that are no-work zones; good places to start are breaks for meals and deciding when you will start and stop work for the day.

2. Make one day a week "timeless" ? rise and shine when you feel like it, eat when you're hungry and let your inner child (or your actual child!) plan your day's activities. Warning: This may conflict with the tip below ;)

3. Cut your t.v. time - try limiting it to one hour per day. Or try cutting it out completely for one week.

4. Buddy up and find someone to take back time with. Whether it's your spouse, best friend, family member or work colleague, if you're both committed you won't let each other bow out.

5. Take your holidays! Whether you're self-employed or work for someone else it's important to take time off to rejuvenate. You will be more productive for it in the long run.

Where do you need to take back time in your life? Where do you need to manage your time better?

(c) Copyright 2005, Genuine Coaching Services.

Linda Dessau, the Self-Care Coach, is the author of "The Everyday Self-Care Workbook". To receive one of her free monthly newsletters, subscribe at http://www.genuinecoaching.com/newsletter.html

In The News:

Time Management Tips For Your Personal And Professional Development  ForbesFind a system that works for you to maximize productivity and reach your goals.
Time Management Should Change with the Seasons  Printing ImpressionsLike a craft brewery that produces a seasonal flavor, time management has limited-edition rules. Bill's blog this week has hints of spice and sage and hard work ...
ADHD Apps: Time Management and Productivity Tools  ADDitudeADHD apps and tools for time management and productivity are crucial. Apps like Sleep Cycle, ScheduleOnce, and Calendars 5 help this coach start the day.
3 simple ways to be smarter about time management in 2019  CNBCAccording to a Gallup poll, 41 percent of American adults say they don't have enough time to do everything they want to do. As a result, nearly 80 percent say ...
Time management: The art of to-do lists  The Australian Financial ReviewAs a pre-teen, whenever my dad wanted me to do something for him, like deposit a cheque or write a letter or call customer *service*, he'd stop mid-instruction, ...
Debunking 5 Time-Management Myths Hurting Your Productivity  AllBusiness.comThere's a ton of advice out there on how to better manage the hours in your day, but much of it may be causing you to become less—not more—productive.
Four marketing strategy musts – from testing to time management  Marketing TechWhen it comes to digital marketing, the continual emergence of new digital channels is both a gift and a challenge.
Busy broker shares time-management secret  Insurance Business AustraliaMany brokers thrive on busy days and big workloads but balancing a challenging career with a fulfilling personal life can leave even the most adept professional ...
Starting The New Year With Time Management Goals In Mind  WATE 6 On Your SideWe all have good intentions of starting the year with more organization and vowing to spend more time with the ones we love, but finding the right balance with ...
The Art of Time Management |  RisMedia.comThere are twenty-four hours in a day and yet, many people struggle with the concept of time management. Let's face it, keeping track of time and managing it ...
Global Enterprise Time Management Software Market report 2019: detailed research analysis report till 2024  reportsherald.comOverview Of Enterprise Time Management Software Market Research Report 2019 – 2024. The Enterprise Time Management Software report consists of ...
Time Management: 8 Tips for Clinicians  Rheumatology AdvisorBetween patient visits and administrative tasks, rheumatologists stay busy. These time management tips can help.
#MatricResults: Time management was key for Laudium High pupil | Saturday Star  IOLManage your time effectively and work smart. This was the advice from Laudium High School top achiever Fayzaan Ahmed.
The #1 Secret to Amazing Time and Calendar Management  EntrepreneurBefore you get much further into this article -- take a minute and review your calendar because having your calendar detailed is a secret to amazing time and ...
How to Apply Lean Principles to Your Startup's Productivity and Time Management  EntrepreneurIf you've recently launched a startup, I'm sure that you've heard a lot about being “lean.” But I'm not here to discuss the methodology popularized by the likes of ...
13 Top-Notch Time Management Tips You Need in 2019  TheStreet.comThere's an old saying that time is a commodity, too, and that goes double when it comes to time management. Proper time management is an important ...
JEE Main 2019 exam begins tomorrow; here are some time management tips  Times of IndiaEducation News: JEE Main 2019 exam is scheduled to begin tomorrow, January 6, 2019, and will continue till January 20.
Time management a focus of continuing education training  UpperMichigansSource.comNorthern Michigan University's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department provided professionals with a time management training course ...
6 TED Talks on Time Management  Business 2 CommunitySometimes it doesn't feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. However if you want to truly be successful, you've got to have a solid ...
Preserved by Purpose: Spiritual Time Management | Spiritual  DallasweeklyIt's the most wonderful time of the year” doesn't just apply to Christmas. For college teachers, this phrase also applies to the end of any school semester.
A Sigil For Time Management | Laura Tempest Zakroff  PatheosNever doubt that the Universe has a sense of humor. Time has been moving at a weird pace for me since the end of the year, and while I have projects to work ...
Concierge to the stars shares tips on how to declutter your life  Toronto SunWhen the stars need help to shine, run errands, declutter, who they gonna call? Tarra Stubbins!Stubbins is a celebrity concierge and time management coach to ...
Time Management Hacks to Make You More Efficient Than Ever Before (infographic)  Digital Information WorldTaking the time to properly manage and plan out your time can help your day be less stressful and go more smoothly. Try these tips and apps to make more ...
Trick yourself into better time management  SoftonicHumans are natural procrastinators—if we have extra time, we'll milk it to the very last drop, regardless of how it worked out last time. Advertisement ...
Why a computer may be your next manager  CIOAs we continue to instrument every facet of modern work, it's beginning to enable data-driven management. The flip side of this data-driven augmentation, ...
SSC JHT (Junior Hindi Translator) exam 2018: Time management and last minute tips  Jagran JoshStaff selection commission has recently notified to conduct the SSC JHT (Junior Hindi Translator) Paper-I exam on 13-Jan-2019. Find SSC JHT time ...
Forget resolutions, ease time management stress by doing less, says researcher  CBC.caNew Year's Day marks a *fresh* start and new resolutions for many Canadians, but a Montreal-based time management expert says it's time to rethink the annual ...
Students offer perspectives on benefits, drawbacks of work-study jobs  Daily BruinIt was only 5:30 a.m., but Maya Ervin was at work, helping out athletes at her sports medicine internship. She would finish at noon, grab a quick lunch, go to class ...
CMI Time Management Updates Proprietary Workforce Management Terminal - Retail TouchPoints  Retail TouchPointsCMI Time Management, a workforce and resource management solution provider, has released the latest entry in its proprietary TouchTime line of data co...
Career pressure starts early for law students – here’s how to cope  The GuardianBeyond the academic rigour of a law degree, students are expected to think about their careers at an increasingly early stage. As we know, the legal graduate ...
Jose Mourinho suggests Manchester United lacked structure during his tenure as manager  India TodayFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said coaches need structures in place to support them as he broke his silence following his sacking by ...
Management Tip: The Best Kind Of Recognition  ForbesA management tip a day, every weekday in 2019. At one point in my career I worked for a company that had an elaborate employee recognition program. Senior ...
How to Make Yourself a Morning Person  BloombergUsing scientific research, a few gadgets and lots of practice, I trained myself to become an early riser.
Freelance fintech — can apps replace accountants?  Financial Times“Come and file your self-assessment tax return — ON A SKY DIVE!” When this offer from an online accountancy *service* pinged into my email inbox, I was ...
10 ways machine learning is revolutionising sales  Cloud TechSales teams adopting AI continue to see an increase in leads and appointments, with intelligent forecasting, opportunity insights, and lead prioritisation the top ...
3 Tips To Effectively Manage Your Side Hustle and Avoid Costly Mistakes  EntrepreneurAccording to a Bank Rate study, 4 in 10 Americans having a side hustle and earn over $8K annually through that side hustle. More and more people are ...
OmniFocus 3: What's New and What's Blue in Task Management  TidBITSOmniFocus, the power user tool of choice for Mac task management, has reached version 3 on the Mac, the iOS version has caught up in features, and a Web ...
Beyond email: Microsoft time management exec and Satya Nadella mentee on the future of Outlook  GeekWireHow can Outlook stay relevant in the mobile era, when Microsoft doesn't have its own widely used smartphone operating system? Inside the tech giant's email ...
Road to Graduation: Time management, passion lead to success  Sedalia DemocratPerseverance and hard work have been a huge factor in Katelin Frame's high school life.
Turn 'busy' into 'productive' by taking control of your time  Dental EconomicsAs you look back on this past year, do you find yourself blaming lack of time for any unaccomplished goals? Maybe you feel you would've increased practice ...
Managing Your Attention: Surprising Ways To Improve Your Productivity  ForbesGood ideas to boost your productivity can come at any time, even while daydreaming in the grocery line.
IBPS Clerk Mains 2019 exam on January 20; here's subject-wise preparation tips  Times of IndiaEducation News: IBPS Clerk Mains 2018-19 exam is scheduled to be held on 20th January 2019. IBPS will conduct the IBPS Clerk mains exam in a single slot.
Best self-help books for relationships, time management, and careers - Business Insider  Business InsiderI read more than a dozen self-help books in 2018. Here are the tips — about work, love, and life — that have really stuck with me.
Zaggle launches expense management solution  Times of IndiaIndia Business News: HYDERABAD: City-based digital payments, employee benefits, rewards & recognition, loyalty, and gift cards solutions provider Zaggle on ...
Art workshops to be held in Braham | Free  ECM PublishersAre you an artist? Do you work in a creative field? Do you also want to learn business skills related to your creativity? The East Central Regional Arts Council ...
James McAvoy on the uniqueness of Glass vis-à-vis X-Men: We can't keep telling straight-up superhero movies  Times NowBefore 2017, James McAvoy was majorly known for portraying a young Professor X in X-Men series. But, after Split, his character of Kevin Wendell Crumb ...
Want To Be The Next CEO? Five Subtle Must-Haves To Be CEO Ready  ForbesWhat would you do differently if you were named the chief executive officer (CEO) of your company tomorrow? A candidate's answer to this question provides ...
Noem Discusses New Role As Administration Begins  KELOLAND TVIt's a month of change in the South Dakota state capitol, and in addition to new legislators and a new legislative session, the state has a new leader in the ...
Those Fund Management Blues Aren’t Over Yet  BloombergU.K. asset managers' shares have rallied, but the companies themselves are at their most pessimistic in almost a decade. What gives?
5 crucial mantras to crack UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2019 in one go  India TodayThe Union Public *Service* Commission (UPSC) will conduct the civil services prelims exam on June 2.
Divyanka Tripathi excited to be solo anchor of music reality show The Voice  India TodayActress Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is excited to host singing-based show The Voice, which has music maestro A.R. Rahman as a super guru. This will be her first ...
What's trending in India's flavoured milk segment | FNB News  fnbnews.comGiven the hectic schedules and pressures of modern life, Indian consumers today are time-pressed. In fact, according to Mintel's research, for almost 2 out of 5 ...
Easy Fixes to Choose a Project Management Assignment Helper  Thrive GlobalAssignments are one of the main elements of management studies. For a student it is a good carrier of grades or marks. A student needs to spend ample amount ...
Ultimate Software Ranked #1 on Fortune's Best Workplaces in Technology List for 4th Consecutive Year  Business WireWESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, ...
EARLY LEARNING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY  KCETPBS SoCal is seeking current college juniors, college seniors, or recent college graduate students who are interested in gaining valuable experience in the early ...
Is Your Time Management Working for Your Personal Brand?  Business 2 CommunityHow and where you spend your time sends a direct non-verbal message about what's important to you and what your brand is all about. Have you ever heard of ...
Work Life How the era of the remote worker complicates management  Fast CompanyHow do you manage a team when you don't know exactly what they're doing or where they are at every given moment?
Lambing course, bus tour set for Feb. 8-9 | Agri News  PostBulletin.comPIPESTONE, Minn. — The Pipestone Lamb and Wool Program will host a lambing time short course and bus tour on Feb. 8 and 9 in Pipestone.
Real Health Podcast: The Burnout Solution  Independent.ieIt's January, you're back to work, and while I'm sure you've made great plans and goals for 2019, what do you do if it all gets a bit too much for you? Between ...
Planning Policy Trainee job with Rutland County Council | 22127  The PlannerWho we are… Rutland County Council is the smallest Unitary Authority in England, but just because we are a small team does not mean we cannot make a big ...
Work with us blog: independent members, transferrable skills  GOV.UKAruna Walsh, independent member, has written a blog about how she was able to transfer skills and experience gained outside of the criminal justice sector into ...
Meredith Nichols  News at Louisiana TechA cup that changed colors changed Meredith Nichols' life. “I had no intention of getting into Health Informatics and Information Management,” said Nichols, who ...
Tailoring dental appointments for patients with xerostomia  Dentistry IQHere's a how dental hygienist can recommend the right products to patients with xerostomia.
How to get started in quality improvement  The BMJBMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k5437 (Published 17 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:k5408. Linked opinion. The benefits of QI are ...
MNSU student profile: Jack Schaper  MSU ReporterSteven John Ndikum Staff Writer. What is your name? Jake Schaper. Where is your hometown? Maple Grove, Minnesota. What is your major at MNSU?
Animal spirits in markets are alive and well, why stocks are dropping their DRIPs, and GIC rates take surprise turn  The Globe and MailThe cliché 'the trend is your friend' often applies to markets – we can point to the success of price momentum investing strategies over the past decade as ...
Sales Coordinator  Radio Today (Aust & NZ)Southern Cross Austereo is all about delivering absolutely engaging entertainment solutions across an unrivalled portfolio of multimedia brands with the biggest ...
What Are Employee Time Clocks (+5 Best Attendance Apps in 2019)  G2 CrowdThe time clock is an essential tool for every businesses to accurately record employee work hours. G2 Crowd explains time clock options and provides user ...
Woman, 23, opens up about the cruel taunts her disabled boyfriend, 26, receives all the time  Daily MailThe girlfriend of a disabled man has appeared on breakfast TV to talk about the ignorant comments made by members of the public about her disabled boyfriend ...
Prep Report: Mat Classic changes possible for Friday  Yakima Herald-RepublicYAKIMA, Wash. -- Two years after changes in the time schedule and format proved unpopular, a new look that was scraped after one try, Mat Classic could again ...
GM Pulls Ahead Of Ford In Just About All Competitions, Morgan Stanley Says  Yahoo! Finance NewsIn the auto scene's contentious race to the top, General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) has the edge on Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), according to one analyst ...
Facebook launches all new time-management tool for its mobile app  Markets PioneerRecently, Facebook has launched a new tool for its mobile app. With the help of this new tool, users can now monitor the time that they have spent over the ...
The Pac-Man Cometh: Parkinson’s Disease Gobbles Up Time  Parkinson's News TodayColumnist Dr. C compares the way Parkinson's disease "gobbles up" time as if it were the video game "Pac-Man." He shares tips to address the challenge.
Harrisburg South Students Taking Charge Of Their Schedules  KELOLAND TVMiddle schoolers at Harrisburg South are taking charge of their daily schedules.
'One fish at a time': Indonesia lands remarkable victory  The GuardianTuna fishery gains first MSC gold standard after nation's huge push to boost stocks, protect livelihoods and ban foreign vessels.
Why Jeff Bezos’ Divorce Should Worry Amazon Investors  The New York TimesJeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, may be the first billionaire couple with a huge stake in an enormous technology company to announce their divorce.
Competition Begins for Miss Illinois County Fair Queen  Olney Daily MailMiss Richland County Fair Queen Samantha Trout was given a great Send Off and Good Luck Party by family and friends to wish her well as she begins ...
Greater Johnstown's Moore to wrestle at Pitt-Johnstown  TribDem.comGreater Johnstown High School wrestler Brock Moore had heard stories about the NCAA Division II powerhouse program at Pitt-Johnstown for most of his ...
MCHS Academic Boosters Club Donates to Decathlon Students  Sierra Sun TimesJanuary 17, 2019 - The MCHS Academic Boosters Club was happy to contribute $360 to teacher Alex Keeton to help get his Academic Decathlon students Tyler ...
It’s Time to Listen to John Bogle  Investorplace.comJack Bogle transformed Wall Street with his Vanguard index funds, but passive investing faces increasing risks.
Extra rock lobsters caught for WA public were kept by fishers to eat themselves, review finds  ABC NewsUp to a quarter of western rock lobsters caught under an existing program to make more of the product available to WA consumers were kept by the fishermen ...
Cardinals' staff solid so far under Kliff Kingsbury, despite lack of offensive coordinator  AZCentralCardinals Kliff Kingsbury surrounding himself with experienced assistants, so far.
The 4 ‘Attachment Styles,’ and How They Sabotage Your Work-Life Balance  The New York TimesOur subconscious programming — developed through our youth and on into adulthood — plays a huge role in how we survive or thrive at work. Here's how your ...
Parental Control: A growing necessity in today's digital age  INQUIRER.netThe World Wide Web has been a home to many wonders and breakthroughs throughout the years. Nowadays, it continues to develop as a venue for endless ...
These are the 10 most in-demand skills of 2019, according to LinkedIn  World Economic ForumAre you looking for a *fresh* start in 2019? Maybe you'd like to get fit? Learn a new skill? Or change career? According to analysis from networking site LinkedIn, ...
Chiefs' Reid trying to rewrite history of playoff letdowns  The Daily Star-JournalKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid sat inside an opulent suite high above the field in Arrowhead Stadium six years ago, a sparkle in his eyes and a broad.
Leahy's impact and inspiration  Hiawatha WorldMatthew Leahy, Hiawatha High School art teacher and one of the newest additions to the faculty, is making huge impacts not only on his students, but also in the ...
OPL vs. Outsourced Laundry: Which is Better for Your Business?  Laundry LedgerBy John Goetz, Global Product Manager, Hydro Systems. From hospitals to restaurants, hotels, daycare, fitness centers and spas, there are many different ...
Photographer job with Hearst Television | 386355  mediabistro.comKSBW-TV Action News 8 has an opening for a self-motivated individual who wants to win each day. We are seeking a photographer with the ability to capture ...
Senior Associate, Communications  SustainableBusiness.comCollaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program's (CLASP) mission is to improve the energy and environmental performance of the appliances ...
Fox-Nahem Associates is hiring a INTERIOR DESIGNER in New York, NY, US  ArchinectInterior Designer Job Posting. About the Company: Nationally recognized high-end residential design firm seeks a full-time Interior Designer. We are a small, ...
I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can't Stay Silent About What's Happening.  TIMEI am really sad about Facebook. I got involved with the company more than a decade ago and have taken great pride and joy in the company's success … until ...
Advice from one female portfolio manager to others  Financial TimesThe psycho-cultural barriers women face are hard to overcome because they are not obvious.
Family Separation May Have Hit Thousands More Migrant Children Than Reported  The New York TimesThe government has said that about 2700 migrant children were separated from their families at the border last year. But the removals may have involved ...
Steelers will only be adding coaches between now and the 2019 season  Behind the Steel CurtainIf you follow the Pittsburgh Steelers closely, you know team president Art Rooney II meets with a select group of Pittsburgh media members after every season.
Knight Frank appoints Wendy Tang managing director, Property News & Top Stories  The Straits TimesSINGAPORE - Property consultancy Knight Frank Singapore has appointed real estate veteran Wendy Tang as group managing director with effect from April ...
10 Cool Gadgets From CES 2019 To Make Your Home Smarter  CRNCRN takes a look at the 10 coolest smart home gadgets at CES 2019, ranging from a smart security camera with on-device artificial intelligence to a device ...
How a Fort Worth Woman's Idea to Pay for Wedding Turned Into a Small Business  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthAll week we've been showcasing North Texans with side hustles. They've got full times jobs, but they're pursuing a passion on the side to make some extra ...
11 Time Management Myths That Are Hurting Your Productivity  ForbesForbes Coaches Council members share the advice you should ignore when it comes to time management.
Manipulate Time With These Powerful 20 Time Management Tips  ForbesWant to know how you can become a master of time management as well? Start by using these 20 super-powerful time management tips.

Will Your Epilogue Be ? I Got All My Emails Done?

Work life balance is the new Holy Grail; that search... Read More

Time Management: Analysis is the Key to Mastery

If you're like most people, you want to get better... Read More

Time Managements

There are the golden rules that apply to time. If... Read More

Tips to Manage Your Time

Time and money are both very important in business. Yet,... Read More

TIME, The Undervalued Resource

We are all born equal! We all have the same... Read More

What Would Save You Time?

We all get overwhelmed from time to time, and sometimes... Read More

Coping with the Time Crunch

"There is never enough time, unless you're serving it." -Malcolm... Read More

7 Reasons to Take Breaks at Work

My job in Chicago began with three months of probation.I... Read More

The Laundry Has Never Been More Fun Or The Pitfalls To Working At Home

As a home-based, self-employed woman, mundane tasks can be as... Read More

Find The Time -- Before Its Too Late!

People always seem to be in such a hurry, everywhere... Read More

Handling Procrastination

"TIME CANNOT BE 'MANAGED.' THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF TIME MANAGEMENT... Read More

Save Your Time - Delegate!

Frustration is when an obstacle blocks your ability to achieve... Read More

Six Foundational Reasons for Managing Your Time

Most of us know how to manage our time. It... Read More

Are You Really Swamped or Just Disorganized

"Time is what we need the most and what we... Read More

Have You Got a Minute?

Such an innocuous little phrase, yet when you are hard... Read More

9 Business Time Management Skills You Need To Succeed

Do you have plenty to do, but don't have enough... Read More

How to Minimize Trips to the Grocery Store

Still awaiting the birth of my baby (I am overdue),... Read More

Time Management - Honor Your Time and Energy

Your time and energy are the two most precious gifts... Read More

Prioritize Your Life for Success

Today, it is hard to open an e-mail newsletter, a... Read More

Looking At Time With A Capital T

I keep a fossil on my desk at all times.... Read More

6 Time Management Tips for Moms

Many of you have expressed the challenge of not having... Read More

Making More Efficient Use of Your Time

You can lose, damage or waste some things in life,... Read More

Todays Overload: Tommorrow

Whatever providence has in store for us tomorrow is not... Read More

Top 10 Ways to Manage Yourself - Time Wise

"Time management" is a myth. Time ticks by, whether you... Read More

Avoid 7 Time and Life-Robbing Mistakes and See Your Productivity Soar

41 practical and quick ways to get on top of... Read More