Over the next few days we will be hosting a time-management clinic in conjunction with renowned life coach and bestselling author, Wendy Jago, whose brand new book, How to Manage Your Mammoth: The Procrastinators Guide to Getting Things Done, is published by Piatkus this month.
Every day at 4pm for the next week we will be posting Wendy’s answer to one frequently asked time-management question here on PiatkusBooks.net. We hope that these will inspire you to conquer your own time-management mammoths!
We’d also love to hear from you. If you’ve ever wished you could find the answers to your own time-management questions, do please leave your questions in the comments section below and Wendy Jago will answer them for you! This is a fantastic opportunity to have your questions answered by one of the most well-respected coaches in the time management and neuro-linguistic programming field!
The 'Back to School' season is one of the busiest times of year for many of us. Today’s question will be one that resonates with parents across the country.
A.You are right – a mum never has the luxury of a free couple of hours! The mistake is to think that going at something for a good length of time is the best way to get it done. It doesn't have to be.
Instead, aim to snatch back small snippets of time. What can you do in 20 minutes? I know I can mow our front and back lawns – not huge and I have an electric mower, but knowing how long it takes means I can grab a bit of time on a clear day and get it done.
Are you putting off tackling the whole ironing pile? What if you put similar items in piles and just did the T-shirts today? Instead of doing all the vacuuming, why not do just one room?
The art is to break your big tasks down into smaller ones that you have a real chance of completing. You can train your kids (and perhaps even your partner, too) to take the same approach. It doesn't mean you have to be working every minute – you can also train yourself to enjoy short breaks for treats and rewards such as a quick phone call, a cuppa, a glass of wine, reading one article in a magazine or one chapter in a book.
Time is as elastic as you make it.
For more suggestions on managing this kind of mammoth, see Chapter 5 of How to Manage Your Mammoth ('Beyond Choredom').
How to Manage Your Mammoth is available from all good bookshops. This title is also available as an ebook so you can add it to your Sony ereader, Kindle, Kobo or iPad.
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