Have More Time–15-30 Extra Minutes Per Day

Have More Time–15-30 Extra Minutes Per Day

Have More Time–15-30 Extra Minutes Per Day

Question: “Barnsley, I never have time to do the things I love
most–reading, listening to music, and spending time with friends and
family. What can I do? HELP!”
Dana in Durham, NC

Answer: I have just one suggestion for you… QUIT YOUR JOB! Okay, so
maybe that’s not an option. But what you CAN do is spend ten minutes
and go to http://www.optoutprescreen.com to eliminate credit card
offers and http://www.DMAchoice.org to get off
junk mail/solicitation lists
.

You’ll save a lot of trees. More importantly you’ll have 15-30
minutes more PER DAY to devote to the activities and people (and pets)
you love!

What can you do with your new-found time?  Here are some suggestions just for you…

  • Pick up that book that’s been buried under that junk mail!
  • Make yourself a steaming cup of Italian dark roast coffee–high-octane or decaf–your choice!
  • Clean the kitty box and line it–for the last time–with the junk mail!
  • Use the shredder and turn that junk mail into “snow.”  Then play unabashedly in it with your kids!
  • Make junk mail “grass” for a gift basket.
  • Make that phone call you’ve been putting off to schedule that once a year appointment (okay, this one’s not too fun but it’s really important for your health, hon).
  • Bake a batch of slice-and-bake cookies and pop them in your oven!
  • Turn on your favorite new song and dance like it’s a marathon!
  • Sign up for that belly dancing class you saw last week!  (Fellas, you can do it, too!)

You get the point, doll–do what you love, make time for yourself, and create time with this one simply strategy that involves just ten minutes up front and can get you two to four extra hours a week for what and who you love!  

Onwards!

Get your free copy of How to Overcome Overwhelm in 7 Easy Steps and your free enewsletter with VIP discounts here!


     *
     *
     *

    Have More Time–15-30 Extra Minutes Per Day

    How to Achieve Goals Step by Step

    How to Achieve Goals Step by Step

    Question: “Barnsley, I’ve got several huge projects to tackle at home and work and I’m overwhelmed!  Where do I start??  Arggghhh!”
    (This question comes from a reader who prefers to remain anonymous–We’ll call her “Overwhelmed Ophelia.”  Hang in there, girl and don’t you dare let yourself DROWN in all those projects!  Okay, I just had to allude to the bard, forgive me dear reader. )

    Answer: For this solution, you’ll need to invest 15 minutes upfront but you”ll save HOURS of work!  First, choose just ONE big project to tackle first, the one with the closest deadline.  Then take a stack of small index cards (or post it notes) and put one small step you need to take to get this project done on each card.  One card, step by step.

    Arrange the cards in the order in which you THINK you need to take the steps and then do what is on the top card.  Then the next.  Set yourself a smart goal of “X” number of cards per day. ( I think 1-3 is reasonable but it depends on your deadline.)

    Check off each card as you complete it. (Tip: You can always use the backs of these cards for another project.) If you need to rearrange your cards, you can do so easily without a mess like on a written list.

    Now, look ONLY at your top card and get that done. You won’t get overwhelmed and you’ll make sure, steady progress towards your goal.
    Hey, is it worth 15 minutes of planning to save yourself HOURS of confusion and disorganized work?

    Onwards!

    Get your free copy of How to Overcome Overwhelm in 7 Easy Steps and your free enewsletter with VIP discounts here!


       *
       *
       *

      Have More Time–15-30 Extra Minutes Per Day

      How to Say No & Succeed as a Small Business Owner

      How to Say No & Succeed as a Small Business Owner

      Wow! I’ve already received so many responses from you, all of which point to a deep hunger we feel just to have more TIME! We have cars, planes, and trains to get us to any destination faster, cell phones to connect us at any given moment, and high-speed internet to help us get any info we need in seconds. This stuff is supposed to SAVE us time and yet most of us feel we have NO time. What’s going on here? Are we Forrest Gump when it comes to time management? Or is there something or someone else to blame?

      Here’s this week’s question and part one of my answer:
      Question: “Dear Barnsley, I am caring for my mother with dementia, the affairs of an uncle who is placed in a nursing home as well as helping my husband who is a pastor. I am trying to do the ground work to open a new business, but I need more time to do the planning. Give me some suggestions, please!”
      P.M., Gaston, NC

      Answer: Dear P.M., You’ve got the perfect initials my friend because you probably have to stay up ALL NIGHT to get all this stuff done! My goodness, just reading your question makes me want to get my thyroid checked! Contrary to public opinion, you are NOT Mrs. Fix-It or Mrs. Be-All-To-Everyone!
      So many time management programs try to help you find ways to pack MORE into your day. Well, my dear, you are nuttier than a pecan sundae if you do that. I want you to go on a radical “no” diet in which you say NO to doing all this yourself!

      You already know you’re doing too much–That’s a start! Pause and pat yourself on the back–Go ahead, do it.

      You love your mother and your uncle and obviously want to help them out. However, there are nursing assistants, nursing students, and college students who would LOVE, especially in this economy, to have a little part-time job on the side. PLEASE, P.M., hire one of them to do just a FEW hours every week so YOU can focus on your business.

      Then make sure you go to a room and close, and lock, the door or head to a coffee shop to work on your planning. Meet a friend there and let it be a “planning date” in which you work separately, and once an hour, take a break to share what you’ve strategized. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in just an hour or two!

      As for your husband–He’s a pastor, that’s his job. YOUR job is to get your BUSINESS and your MISSION, up and running. Join the ranks of successful entrepreneurs. Find someone else to help your husband or better yet, let him put a call for volunteers in the church bulletin or newsletter to get his own helpers. It’s NOT your responsibility to do all you’re doing, even if he is your hubby, even if you love him through and through, even if you want him to be successful.

      P.M., you’ve got a vicious (but treatable) case of “do-itus” in which you are doing for everyone else except yourself! And, my friend, that is the fast track to a heart attack. Stay tuned for our next post which will give you the CURE for do-itus—before it does you in!

      Onwards!

      Get your free copy of How to Overcome Overwhelm in 7 Easy Steps and your free enewsletter with VIP discounts here!


         *
         *
         *