That’s a Wrap: Time Management

I am unbelievably good at wasting time.  In fact, the more of it I have, the better I am at doing absolutely nothing.  It was all well and good when I was on the regular 9-5  schedule (or my version of it), but now that I’ve got my own freelance business, I can’t afford to come home and waste a full hour on my facebook newsfeed.  And yet, I do, all the time.  Instead of maximizing my few unclaimed hours, I do what I shouldn’t be doing, while I stress out about what I should be doing.

If I keep it up, I’ll never reach my goal of doubling my freelance income by the end of 2014, and I certainly won’t have a shot of getting my book done (ps.  The Broke and Beautiful Life is becoming a book!)  So, I’ve decided to institute a new policy for the month of May- Time Management Accountability.

 

Time Management

You know how I always harp about tracking your expenses? Or how experts always recommend keeping a food journal when you’re trying to change your eating habits?  Well, I’ve decided to use that system of tracking/journaling to hold myself accountable to my time.  All month I’m going to track the hours of my day, hopefully reprogramming myself to use those hours productively rather than streaming yet another full series on Netflix.

If you have any other tips for time management, please share.  I’m gonna need ‘em!

 

Broke and Beautiful Around the Web…

Live Entertainment for Less via US News & World Report and Daily Finance

 10 Ways to Save on Eating Out via Prairie Eco Thrifter

The Ultimate Financial Guide for New Homeowners via Bad Credit.org

 

In Case You Missed It… 

This week was all about the full travel recap.  Thank you for re-living it with me…

 4 Days in Amsterdam

Groningen, The Netherlands: Ever Heard Of It?

5 Days in Hamburg, Germany

 

Have you ever used journaling or tracking to hold yourself accountable to a goal?

 

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  • catherine gacad May 19, 2014, 10:32 am

    i’m so excited for your book!

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  • Taylor May 10, 2014, 2:02 pm

    I have a problem with wasting time on the internet too. And it doesn’t help that my work is ON the internet. I try to close out every single tab and write posts in word instead of online. If I have any tabs up my mouse wonders. Also I give myself incentives if I finish something. Like a nice glass of sangria at the end of the day helped me finish an article.

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    • Stefanie May 12, 2014, 10:37 am

      Sometimes I go to the community garden where there is no internet so I can really focus on creating content instead of surfing the web.

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  • Marie @ Financial Debauchery May 7, 2014, 3:37 am

    Keeping track of my time and having a sticky notes are very helpful to me. It makes me to be more productive and at the same time being able to balance my time in my work and to my family especially to my daughter.

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    • Stefanie May 7, 2014, 10:38 pm

      I can’t imagine what I’d do if I had to balance it all with family too. Reprioritize I guess.

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  • Travis @debtchronicles May 5, 2014, 7:11 am

    The computer is my biggest time suck….for the last few years I come home and plop my work laptop on the kitchen table. It’s always there, always begging for me to check email, surf the web, or look at social media. I’ve made attempts at this in the past, and I’m taking another run at it. I have a nice home office area where my personal desktop sits. I have room for my work laptop as well. now, when I get home I put my laptop in the home office area, where it’s really out of the way. I dedicate a certain amount of time each evening to blogging and work. I do it away from my family and find myself REALLY productive. When my time is up, then I let the screens sit. Can I do it???? I hope so!

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    • Stefanie May 5, 2014, 2:01 pm

      I think that’s a great strategy, good luck! I’m trying to implement a similar tactic, with definite and clear cut off times for certain tasks.

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  • debt debs May 5, 2014, 5:57 am

    Sometimes when I do something tedious for work, I plan a schedule and then try to play beat the clock. I’m a little competitive, even with myself, so it helps keep the distractions away. Good luck!

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    • Stefanie May 5, 2014, 2:02 pm

      I like the idea of setting up competition with yourself. Of course when it comes to me against the clock, I usually lose ;)

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  • Lauren May 4, 2014, 6:17 pm

    Sounds like a good method for holding yourself accountable. It’s so easy to waste time when you work online.

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    • Stefanie May 5, 2014, 2:04 pm

      Distractions are always just a click away!

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  • Petrish @ Debt Free Martini May 4, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Here you are telling my business again, for time management is killing me right now. I was also thinking today that I really need to start creating time blocks to take care of things in my life. I’m gonna go look for Time Management and ask him to be my best friend.

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    • Stefanie May 5, 2014, 2:05 pm

      If you find him, please tell him to stop by my place too!

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  • Dave @ The New York Budget May 4, 2014, 11:41 am

    Ooh – a time budget! I like it! I think it could work well!

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    • Stefanie May 5, 2014, 2:05 pm

      The weekend wound up being a bit of a wash with the wedding I had, but back on track for today…so far.

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  • Tonya@Budget and the Beach May 4, 2014, 10:31 am

    I’m pretty bad about this too, but I’ve never considered keeping track of my time before. I could see that being a good idea though! Good luck! A book? How cool!

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    • Stefanie May 5, 2014, 2:06 pm

      Thanks! I’m really gonna need to make use of every moment to get everything done!

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