Business Tips and Tricks

How Do You Manage Time?


If you are anything like me, the words “time management” makes you cringe.  You are busy.  There is not enough hours in the day or week or month or maybe even the year.  I read a blog post on Girlfriends in God that really made me stop and think about the way I prioritize my time.

Time is wasted unless it is invested in goals and priorities that are rooted in God’s plan.

SMACK! I will admit that I waste time – I think we all do.  Now, don’t get me wrong, you could be very busy,busy doing good things but you feel exhausted and burned out.

Lately, I have begun to look at time differently as a result of some health issues.  I used to plan every moment, prioritized what I thought was important and was always busy.  It was painfully obvious that I needed an adjustment.   I needed to understand that time is a precious resource given to us by God who trusts that we will use our time wisely following his plan for our lives.

Here are some great ideas on time investment NO time management from Mary Southerland.

  • Tithe your time. Just as we tithe our money, we should tithe our time. God blesses and multiplies the time we spend in Bible study, prayer and service.
  • Get organized.  Being organized is a spiritual discipline, freeing us from the tyranny of the urgent while making room for things that matter.
  • Keep a calendar. A calendar keeps you from wasting time and “bunching up” activities. It forces us to prioritize, doing the important things first.
  • Establish a planning day. Pick a time to plan the week ahead. Review the tasks you need to complete and appointments. Pray over your week, asking from your Higher Power for guidance.
  • Eat the FROG. Tackle the job you dread the most and then you will be energized  for the remaining tasks. Use the time of the day when your energy is highest, for the most important and the most difficult tasks.
  • Delegate. When we delegate work to our children, we teach them discipline as well as basic life skills.  Look for people waiting help and then delegate.
  • Leave margins in your schedule. Sometimes this is easier said then done, right? We tend to fill every minute of the day, then the “unexpected” happens and we become overwhelmed.

If we don’t set priorities – others will. Time thieves will steal our time as we allow them to impose their plans and standards on us.

So, how will you prioritize your time this weekend and in the week to come?  What is your best tip for time management?

Hope you have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Be Uncommon

happy new year

June 1 and it is a a NEW Thirty One year.  There is so much excitement with NEW year.  Time for reflection.  Time to change what didn’t work and keep what did.

Some goals achieved while others weren’t.  t could give you a MILLION reasons why some weren’t BUT the truth is, I let the “nah-sayers” get in my head.  I let Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie spend time in my office.  I let fear cover my faith.  Where did that get me, falling short!

In the past, Negative Nellie would have greeted me at my office door this morning.  I would have spent time listening to her and the result would have been a weak start to the NEW fiscal year.  Not happening, why? Because, I have made the decision to be “UNCOMMON”.  So what does that mean, right?

I read an article that talked about the 4 things that you need to do to be uncommon and I wanted to share them with you.

1) Uncommon People Create Uncommon Plans –  Did you know that less than 5% of people have written goals?  And that people who write their goals down accomplish them 95% of the time?

In the past, I have been the 95% that didn’t write down their goals.  I should say, I wrote them down but I then left them sitting with no steps to make it all happen.  Crazy right considering that Goals and Objectives were one of my favorite things when I was a grant writer.

So, my first step to is to plan.  Not just little wimpy plans but big plans.  Then I am going to write them down and set my mind to accomplishing them.

2) Uncommon People Exercise Uncommon Discipline – Uncommon people get up earlier; workout more often; tackle big projects and are self-motivated.  They are simply more productive, more often.  Are you?

Time to tackle the FROG.  Getting up earlier is a struggle – 6AM is the earliest I seem to be able to get moving.  Workout?  Yes, that is now on my calendar 4 days a week.

3) Uncommon People Take Uncommon Risks “The bigger the risk the bigger the reward…but start off on the low dive,” says Tim Storey.

I need to simply set fear aside and do what needs doing to accomplish my goals.  Are you a risk taker or do you let fear keep you stuck?  Stop waiting for the ‘right’ moment and take the risk.  My BIG risk this month was signing on with a business coach – exciting but scary.

4) Uncommon People Have Uncommon Friends –  Did you know that we are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with?  If I had a secret camera and could see who you were hanging out with last week, if I could scroll through your text messages and your phone log WHO would I find there?

This is easy: my hubby, my daughter, my mom, my dad and my best friend – Stephanie.  Starting this year, I want go out of my way to be kind to hubby.  I want to spend more quality time with Belinda.  Guess that will mean some road trips.

Deliberately surround yourself with QUALITY people.  Don’t give your time and energy away to just anyone.  Be very protective of yourself because your life matters too much to waste it.  WOW!  That is HUGE, right? How often do you talk to the people above you in your DS company?

So, let’s START TODAY….Have you planned out your week? Will you make uncommon plans or just sit idly by waiting to see what happens?  Will you have the discipline to execute those plans or will you wimp out? Will you take risks or will FEAR keep you stuck?  Will surround yourself with uncommon people so that you can grow and move forward?

I am starting TODAY, won’t you join me.  We can be an uncommon group of uncommon people accomplishing uncommon things to make our lives and the lives of others healthier, happier and more successful.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!