Time Management

Clocker Spainiel Handmade Steampunk BraceletI’m sure that you have known at least one person who seems to always be ahead of schedule, accomplishes an amazing amount, yet never seems to be stressed. These people seem to have more than 24 hours in their days, and they must never sleep. It’s all a matter of time management.

Time management comes easy to a few and is a mystery to many of us, especially those in the arts and crafts world.  Our brains don’t want to function in a highly organized (confining) environment.  We’re those ‘creative’ people, who want to function as a free spirit, to let those juices flow.  But there’s no point in having a creative epiphany if you have no time to bring it into reality.

So, what is time management?  The most universal example would be a job.  When you’re employed by someone else, you a forced into a routine; you get up each work day at the same time; you stumble through your morning ritual; you transport yourself to work.  You start working at this time, and you finish working at that time.  Then you transport yourself home, perhaps gel out, go to bed and repeat.  Being employed forces you into a time management plan that benefits your employer.

The key to the scenario is the routine that’s established.  Being creative while having a routine doesn’t seem to go together, but they can.  And you will be amazed how much the creative process will benefit when time management isn’t an issue.  Here are some ideas to get you started on developing a time management plan that works for you:

What to Do ClipartWhat do you do each day?  Seriously…  what is it that consumes your time each day?  We all claim to be incredibly busy, but do you really know what it is that you’re accomplishing?  Keep a log for a few days.  It doesn’t have to be incredibly detailed – just enough to see what you’re doing and how long it takes.  Once you know what you’re doing, can those things be rearranged to use your time more effectively?  How much time are you wasting?

Prioritize!  Once you know what you do, rank all of these things in priority order.  What works for many people is to put the things you dislike doing early in the day.  This gets those tasks out of the way early, and gives you drive to get through them quickly to get to the things you enjoy.

Schedule your workSchedule.  Just like being employed, your home-based business needs a schedule so that things do get done.  And it doesn’t have to be the same boring thing day in and day out.  Maybe marketing/promotion gets a time slot every other day or a few times a week.  Perhaps design time happens only once a week with production of that design happening on the other days.  No matter what it is, you will accomplish more in a block of time rather than every now and then.  For example – you could spend twenty minutes a day, six days a week on promotion, or you could spend two hours each Wednesday.  You’ll get more done in the two-hour block.  Your train of thought won’t get derailed and you’ll do a much more thorough job.

Employee Tracking. Tracking employee work time is also important in home-based job. Tracking employee tіmе started simply еnоugh thrоugh thе old timesheet method. Small tо medium scale organizations used thіѕ method tо track еvеrу employee, project оr client аnd іtѕ corresponding billable аnd non-billable hours. But аѕ thе introduction оf thе соmрutеr іn thе workplace wаѕ popularized аnd organizations grew larger аnd larger, thе digitalization аnd automation оf thіѕ process hаvе bееn thought оf. Thіѕ thеn led tо thе uѕе оf spreadsheet programs. Hоwеvеr, spreadsheets wеrе tоо time-consuming tо construct. Hеnсе, excel timesheet template wеrе developed.Thе tіmе tracking template іѕ a critical tool іn a manger’s kit. It іѕ a pre-formatted document thаt records thе hours spent completing tasks аnd projects. Tіmе tracking software supplies thеѕе templates tо make management оf files easier аnd mоrе efficient just bу a click оf a button. Thе need tо create frоm scratch a timesheet fоr аll similar tasks ѕuсh аѕ tracking employee’s tіmе аnd attendance, project assignments, оr client’s payables іѕ eliminated. Thuѕ, allows fоr mоrе tіmе іn thе actual management оf tasks, instead оf creating documents.

Thеrе аrе mаnу websites оn thе Internet whеrе thіѕ management tool саn bе brought frоm. Onсе thе installation іѕ completed, thе templates thаt соmе wіth thе software саn nоw bе used. Simply fіll іn thе template wіth thе basic lists оf data аgаіnѕt whісh tіmе muѕt bе recorded. Thе software thеn tracks thе tіmе spent doing thеѕе tasks. Thе timesheet produced іѕ thеn arranged bу thе software according tо nаmе ѕо thаt easy retrieval іѕ facilitated.

The excel timesheet template аlѕо serve аѕ guides tо users. Wіth thе document аlrеаdу sectioned оr labeled wіth specific headings ѕо thаt оnlу thе particulars аnd оthеr data hаvе tо bе filled іn, іt іѕ unlikely thаt users wіll miss thеѕе important columns аnd rows. Thіѕ feature facilitates thе fastest wау оf producing аn accurate working document.


 Work on Less Variety.  If you’re one of the many folks who feel that nothing ever gets finished, consider how many different projects you’ve got going at the same time.  If you narrow the variety of incomplete items, you’ll be able to finish a project and then move on to the next.  This will keep your inventory evolving regularly, too, which is a good thing.


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Time can be your enemy.  Good time management can be your best friend!

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