Time management Monday: Use slower times to strategize

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Great Place to Strategize

For many people, summer time means a more relaxed schedule. School is out, people are on vacation, and often (although not always) the work pace slows a bit.

A slower schedule is the perfect time to strategize. Use your downtime now to come up with plans to handle the busy times later.

Bring your planner and notebook with you on vacation. This seems counter-intuitive, but it’s worth doing. My husband and I have done our best brainstorming while on vacation without the background noise of day to day life to distract us.

Take advantage of downtime to think about your goals. It can be hard to think about what you really want out of life when your main focus is paying the bills and getting through your to-do list each day. Take time when things are quieter to think about your goals and create a strategy to achieve them. This post will walk you step by step through the process of assessing your current situation and creating a plan to work toward your goals, and this post will give you more tips on setting and achieving your goals.

Make plans now. Don’t wait for the busy season to hit you head-on. Buy your academic year planner now to get ready for the busy back-to-school season, or fire up your current planner and make plans for the rest of the year. Write in your goal tasks so you make sure to carve out the time to accomplish them. Make note of especially busy times coming up like holidays, travel, projects, etc. Write these things into your planner now, and come up with strategies to deal with them.

By taking advantage of a lull in your schedule now, you can set yourself up for success for the rest of the year!


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