Ways to Find More Time By Laura Stack, MBA, CSP

laura-stack4You have a sink full of dishes, three loads of laundry, 17 bills to pay, you’re not sure how many e-mails to answer, a big stack of novels you’d love to read, and ZERO minutes of free time. “Where does the time go?” you lament. Here are some ideas to get you started on your quest to have a life:

Reduce waiting time. If your doctor or meetings always run late, plan ahead. Make good use of this time and carry note cards, bills and magazines in your tote.

Say no to yourself. If you’re not excited about attending a social function, then don’t go! If you planned to go grocery shopping, but the sun is shining and you’d rather be in your garden, it’s perfectly fine to change your mind and do your shopping tomorrow.

Focus on simple pleasures. When your day’s work is done, make time for yourself. Relaxation doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. A bubble bath or really good cup of coffee can be as satisfying (and less time consuming) than a spa visit or fancy restaurant. Yes, extravagant occasions are nice but when you focus on simple pleasures, you’ll get more for less, in less time, more often.

© 2009 Laura Stack.  Laura Stack is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker who helps busy workers Leave the Office Earlier® with Maximum Results in Minimum Time®.  She is the president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management training firm specializing in productivity improvement in high-stress organizations.  Since 1992, Laura has presented keynotes and seminars on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in today’s workplaces.  She is the bestselling author of three works published by Broadway Books: The Exhaustion Cure (2008), Find More Time (2006) and Leave the Office Earlier (2004).  Laura is a spokesperson for Microsoft, 3M, and Day-Timers®, Inc and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CNN, and the New York Times. Her clients include Cisco Systems, Sunoco, KPMG, Nationwide, and 3M.  To have Laura speak at your next event, call 303-471-7401.  Visit www.TheProductivityPro.com to sign up for her free monthly productivity newsletter.

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