Managing your time

Ever feel that there aren't enough hours in a day for you to accomplish all that you need or want to do?

Make every second count : time management tips and techniques for more success with less stress
by Robert Bly.
Pompton Plains, NJ : Career Press, c2010.
Make Every Second Count goes beyond the usual time-management books to bring you a broad range of strategies and tactics-dozens of proven methods to get more done in less time.
The five-minute mom's club : 105 tips to make a mom's life easier
Stephanie Vozza.
Brentwood, Tenn. : Franklin Green Pub, c2010.
Written by FranklinCovey#x19;s Busy Mom Guru, Stephanie Vozza, the book also includes tips from notables including Julie Morgenstern, Gretchen Rubin and Lorie Marrero.  The Five Minute Mom#x19;s Club is targeted to the nearly 40 million moms in the U.S. who have children under the age of 18.  This book is endorsed by Dr. Michele Borba, a Today Show regular and author of 22 parenting books
Improve your time management
Polly Bird.
Blacklick, OH : McGraw-Hill, c2010.
Improve Your Time Management is the definitive guide to the art of organizing your life so that you are in control. You don't need complicated equipment, dozens of staff or a six-month break to learn how to save time and achieve more. All you need is a willingness to try some of the ideas in this book and the energy to start now. Book jacket.

Setting goals can help you manage your time better. Your goals can be short-term, such as daily or weekly, or you can have long-term goals that are yearly or quarterly. Writing down your goals is the first step of you making a commitment to them. They should be realistic, achievable and motivate you.

After you have your goals written down, you need to prioritize them. Establish what are the most important tasks. Separate important jobs from the trivial ones. Determine if your goals will
bring value to the company or personal satisfaction. Setting priorities can help you complete your goal.

Vilfredo Pareto

80-20 Rule

States that for many phenomena, 80% of the consequences stem from 20% of the causes.

Pareto Principle

Once you have your goals in prioritized order, you have to be sure the tasks can be completed in a timely manner. Estimate the time required to finish a goal. According to Pareto's Principle or the 80/20 Rule, it says that 20 percent of the work consumes 80 percent of your time and resources.

Also prepare for the unexpected. Alarm clocks not going off as usual, traffic back-ups, and other more important events can put you off schedule. Scheduling short breaks can help you maintain a steady, efficient work pace.

You can have that great sense of accomplishment as you have achieved your goal and cross it off the list. Then you will have more hours in the day to accomplish what you want to do.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff