February is National Time Management Month – NAPO Helps Put Time on Your Side

Excerpted from an article at www.napo.net.

If the hustle and bustle of work, family, friends — and life in general — is bogging you down, let the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) help to better manage your time. During the month of February, NAPO is emphasizing the importance of improving time management as a way to achieve a more balanced life.

clock - waste timeOrganizational systems to manage your activities are key to effective time management, whether at home or in the office. According to a survey conducted on behalf of NAPO recently, 96 percent of the 400 adults polled said that they could save time every day if they were more organized at home.

“Research indicates that people waste an hour or more each day searching for lost items or working in ways that are not productive,” said NAPO President Standolyn Robertson. “This could translate into the loss of money and valuable time that could be used for other important projects.

Here are some tips to better manage your time at work or at home:

  • Use a planner to track appointments and tasks. It can be a paper-based notebook, a computer software program, or an electronic hand-held device.
  • Make a habit of prioritizing your weekly tasks. Rank them in order of importance.
  • Review how you are spending your time and make adjustments according to your goals and priorities.
  • Create at least one hour of uninterrupted time per day to tackle projects and action items.
  • Allocate more time for a task than you think it will take to allow for interruptions. Break large projects down into small, sequential steps. Schedule these steps into your day with your planner.
  • Group errands together so that you save time (and money) on travel, and the hassle of having to run out again because you didn’t plan your trip initially.
  • Work while you wait. Have “busy work” on hand to do while you wait at the doctor’s office, are on hold with the cable company, or are stuck waiting for a late lunch date.
  • Create time management goals. For example, set a goal that you will not take personal phone calls while you’re working.
  • Track your activities to determine whether or not you’re accomplishing your time management goals.
  • Establish routines and stick to them as much as possible.
  • Be sure your systems are organized. If you waste a lot of time looking for files on your computer, take the time to organize a file management system.

Don’t Do It Alone: Consider Hiring a Professional Organizer

If getting organized is something you are serious about, you might want to consider hiring an expert. A professional organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing systems and processes using organizing principles and through transferring organizing skills. Professional organizers help individuals and businesses take control of their surroundings, their time, their paper and their systems for life.