Category Archives: Time Management


Can’t find a document? This should help…

February 18, 2015
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Here’s a tip I thought you might find useful when trying to find a Word document on your PC if you’re working in Office 2010.

  • Save your file as usual.
  • Click on the ‘Insert’ tab in your top menu bar (or Ribbon as Microsoft like to call it now).
  • Click on ‘Footer’ in the ‘Header & Footer’ menu and scroll down to ‘Edit Footer’.  The menu bar at the top will switch to ‘Header & Footer’ tools
  • Click on the ‘Insert’ tab again in the top menu.
  • Click on ’Quick Parts’ in the text area of the insert menu (if the Quick Parts icon is not in your insert menu area, you can insert it by going to ‘file’, ‘options’ and ‘customize ribbon’).

Finding a document with Quickparts

  • Click on ‘Field’
  • Scroll down and click on ‘File Name’, choose ‘lowercase’ in the ‘Field Properties area, tick ‘Add path to filename’ in the ‘Field options’ area and click ‘OK’

The ‘path’ will now be at the bottom of your document so when you print, you can easily see where it is saved on your PC/laptop if you need to find it again. Remember to save your document once you’ve done this.




How are your pickled onions?

January 28, 2015
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pickled onions

Odd title to the email you might think. Why ask the question anyway? Here’s why.  A jar of pickled onions is the kind of thing that gets opened, a few taken out and then they sit.  They sit at the back of the fridge and get forgotten.  A few months down the line you remember they are there but by that time, it’s too late.  They’re out of date so you end up chucking them.  I managed to finish a jar of pickled onions the other day which was left over from Christmas.  As I was fishing the last one out I remember thinking I couldn’t remember the last time I EVER finished a jar. A small feeling of satisfaction came over me.

The point is how many jars of ‘pickled onions’ have you got sat on your desk or in your work place?  The little jobs that never get done?  Ask yourself why they are still there and why haven’t they been done.  Hate doing them? Lack of time?  These are the things that niggle in the back of your mind and can become energy draining. You knowthey need doing but you keep putting them off. 

So what’s the answer?

There is no easy answer. A good place to start is to look at how productive you really are during each working dayAre you busy busy or are you busy doing nothing busy?  I’ve been keeping an eye on what I do recently and identified a few bad habits that are not productive.  One of my top bad habits is breaking off in the middle of a task or project to check my emails.  How many of us are guilty of that?  Not only does it stop me doing what I’m doing, it stops my focus.  To change that habit, I now close down my email programme throughout the day only opening it at specific times.  A frightening thought to some but it really does work and I have become far more productive.

Once you’ve identified areas where you waste time and do something about it, your productivity will increase and you will be surprised at how much ‘extra’ time you have. The next thing to do is to stick to your new habits.  Don’t shove that time aside because something else crops up. FINISH THOSE PICKLED ONIONS!

Something’s just clicked!

January 14, 2015
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Last we talked about how to beat overwhelm 

It’s okay me giving out good advice to help you, but sometimes it’s hard to practice what I preach.

I named 2014 as my ‘Big Adventure’.  I planned out the major things I wanted/needed to do in both my business and private life and I achieved them – we’ll talk about them over the next few newsletters.  2015 has been named my ‘Bigger Adventure’. I know what I want to do, I know what I have to do and then I stopped and thought to myself “how the hell am I going to get there?”

I thought about what could stop me achieving my goals and one of the major factors is time… or should I say lack of time


Then something just clicked that has made life A LOT easier. It’s simple yet hard to do.

And here it is…

I blocked out certain parts of the day and week for specific tasks

“Is that it?” you might be saying right now.  Well, yes it is.  Try it.  Just try it for a week, then try it for a month because I can promise you, sticking to it is not as easy as it seems. Other things will take priority.  What you need to do is train yourself to stick to a schedule and stop butterflying (flitting from one task to another). All I can tell you is it really does work.  Having a schedule (just like a college timetable) enables you to be more focused and get through a lot more AND, importantly, give you some time to work on your own business.

Here’s a template of a Work Schedule  in word which you can use to plan your own

Looking at the schedule you will note that every morning there are 90 minutes booked out as marketing.  That’s marketing for your business!  That’s the time to write newsletters, schedule  tweets and Facebook posts, plan your business. 90 minutes everyday.  It’s amazing what you can achieve in that time and it doesn’t have to be at the beginning of the day when you do this.  You may work better at the end of the day. Just plan it in!

White space (free time) is time between tasks. Sometimes I use it when I need a run over from one task to another but it’s important to book white space in.

I have a project ongoing at the moment which I have tasked myself to finish by the end of June.  I’ve booked it in my schedule because if I don’t, it will never get done. Similarly with my exercise classes – booked firmly in my schedule (see example) because that’s an easy one to not do ‘because I don’t have time’.

Note the weekends are free.  I’ll be honest, I do sometimes use Saturdays if I am particularly busy BUT, I do leave Sundays as ‘me’ time.  Regardless.

Just a point to note – don’t beat yourself up if you don’t stick to your schedule now and again – some things in life really do just take over.  But with that in mind, it’s no excuse to re-start butterflying all over the place again either!

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