A Race Against the Clock

Poor time management can be considered a weakness. You will hear it often enough during performance and appraisal interviews. Only it is not limited to work. It begins to take over other aspects of your life.

Here are a few tips that have really helped me:

  • We often complain about not having enough time. Rather than focusing on the little time we have, let’s try to thin about what you DO have time for. It does require a mind switch. Not complaining sounds easier said than done.
  • If you feel like you are procrastinating and this is making you feel rather frustrated and annoyed, simply ask yourself what the reason is for your procrastination. Are you scared of the task ahead? Is it maybe too difficult, too easy, or plain boring? Is it because you are tired? It amazes me how much energy and time we waste when putting things off.
  • Do a time review for one week and look at exactly where your time is going each day of the week both at the workplace and at home. Also investigate how you use your time on the weekends.
  • Ask yourself the following question: What constitutes time well spent to me? Write a list of 5 things. Review your list. How often have you done these things in a) the past month? b) the past year?
  • What do you think drains your time and energy the most? After this mental inventory has taken place try to set limits to the things that drain your time and energy. In that way, with the time you do have left, you will get more done in a more focused, efficient way.

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to take lengthy breaks away from work at the weekend, in the evening and on holiday in order to help you stay productive in the long term.

Last tip:

We regularly underestimate how long something will take us. Start timing yourself doing tasks that you think could potentially take less time to achieve.

Since we will soon be approaching the end of the year it is a good opportunity to point out that the end or the start of a new year is always a good time to look back at how you’ve spent your time in the past year. Looking at this should help you reflect on how you would like to spend your time the coming year. What changes will you make?


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The Opening Act

Welcome to redressingthebalance.com a blog that aspires to help working women, especially working mothers, find a healthy balance between life and work. To achieve that I will share articles on work-life balance, tips on life coaching, healthy recipes as well as home made beauty treatment suggestions using organic ingredients from your own fridge. I also plan to share time management tips, which are imperative when trying to lead a healthy and well-balanced life.

I’ve heard many people say that achieving work-life balance is a myth.

Au contraire.

It is all in your power. You are the only person that can break those chains. Changing your lifestyle and the way you think will play an important role throughout this journey.

As a full time lecturer, coach, coordinator and a mother I had a hard time adjusting. I could not do it alone. Learning about life coaching was very therapeutic. It opened my mind to new patterns of thinking. New ways of looking at life while discovering more of myself. I would love to share these with you in this blog.

Someone once asked me: “When you’re gone would you rather have your epitaph say ‘She never missed a meeting’. Or one that said ‘She was a great mother’?

It definitely got me thinking. It occurred to me that it is also a myth to think that you have to be miserable in order to be successful. It is all about playing your cards right. Don’t work too hard, work smart. Divide your time accordingly, stimulate your mind, do fun things, eat healthy. Your body is your temple. Every little thing adds up. Ask yourself the right question: How can I learn to know myself and then put this knowledge to good use, not only in my personal but also in my professional life.

I have made it my mission to provide some guidance in the midst of changing and difficult times, both personally and professionally. I will set the stepping stones that are required for a change in thought pattern. An open mind is the key to personal growth. We can only find harmony through perceived balance once we’ve let go of thoughts and patterns that disable us.