Tag archive for ‘time management’

What Is Procrastination? Defining And Dealing With The #1 Productivity Killer

by Michael Kwan - on Oct 4th 2011 - 1 Comment

“I’ll do it later.” It’s a line that all of us tell ourselves far more often than we’re willing to admit. We keep putting off this task and that task until the last possible moment, avoiding the responsibility at hand and distracting ourselves with other things that are probably much less important. Like...

8 Ways To Make An Effective To Do List

by Michael Kwan - on Sep 29th 2011 - No Comments

We all have a lot of things to do and it’s impossible for the human brain to keep track of them all. What did you need from the grocery store again? Which company needed their financial reports completed? When is little Susie’s piano recital and where were you supposed to buy that pretty pink dress? So, we all use “to-do”...

How To Save Time: Time Management Techniques For Busy Professionals

by Michael Kwan - on Sep 6th 2011 - No Comments

They say that time is money, but we seem to waste our time much more readily than we waste our money. To make matters worse, there really is no such thing as a time savings account, so it’s not like you can store away some time for a rainy day. That’s why it may be even more important to have good time management skills than...

Free Gantt Chart Templates

by Luke McKinney - on Jun 8th 2011 - 3 Comments
Image of a colorful gantt chart print-out

Gantt charts are incredible, and that’s not a word you get to apply to charts often. Or ever, if you haven’t experienced that jaw-dropping moment when you save your entire project before even starting it. Hundreds of managers have sat down to start a Gantt chart, thinking it’ll just be something shiny to show off in...

Manage Your Time With Gantt Charts

by Luke McKinney - on May 27th 2011 - 1 Comment
(Image: nadger / iStockphoto)

Gantt charts are a seriously smart way to organize everything: not just your work projects, but everything from home redecoration to Christmas dinner. Invented around 1910 by Henry Gantt, their first major deployment was in the World War — so they know a bit about getting things done in stressful situations. They became so ridiculously...

5 Incredibly Effective Alarm Clocks

by Luke McKinney - on Mar 20th 2011 - No Comments
Alarm Clock

The simplest and smartest way to improve your life is having more time. You don’t need to steal extra hours from your personal life or lose sleep, neither of which are very smart, but just be that little bit ahead of everything. Arriving five minutes before or after something starts is the difference between relaxed, professional...

10 Scheduling Applications To Organize Your Life

by Thursday Bram - on Oct 15th 2010 - 2 Comments
Circling Calendar

Scheduling appointments seems like a simple matter: find an empty space in the calendar and write something down. But the fact of the matter is that there are always complications. Maybe you have to find a spot that fits on a co-worker’s calendar. Maybe you need to make sure you can make it across town in time for the next appointment...

Better Living Through Basic Competence

by Luke McKinney - on Jul 10th 2010 - No Comments
Woman Smiling

It’s time for some Smartlife philosophy — if not the Zen of Motorcycle Maintenance, at least a Thought of the Day for Scooter Repair — with a simple strategy to make everyone in the world happier and better at everything. You’re welcome. The problem for millions of employees (currently sighing their way through...

Living With To-Do Lists

by Luke McKinney - on Mar 31st 2010 - No Comments
Checklist with Pen

“One of the secrets of getting more done is to make a TO DO LIST every day, keep it visible, and use it as a guide to action as you go through the day.” This quote isn’t from some buzz-word business busybody, pushing their latest pack of painfully obvious essays wrapped up in “You Go Officeworker!” patter....

Robotic Reminders

by Luke McKinney - on Jul 12th 2009 - 4 Comments
Man Standing on Clock

There’s something about psychology that responds to external motivation. Video games make most use of this kind of change — which is unfortunate because while they’re useful relaxation tools — computer games are the opposite of everything this blog stands for. In World of Warcraft, you adapt your own lifestyle...