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    Time Management and Motivation?

    Firstly i am not sure if this post is in the right section, i guess it is a relevant question no matter what aspect of business you run.

    I am interested to know how you guys manage your own time and motivate yourself to do things which you are going to benefit from.

    What kind of system do you have in place?

    Do you perhaps have a todo list that you keep up to date?
    Do you have a timetable for each week?
    Do you use some kind of software to help you manage your time?
    Do you make stuff up based on what you feel like doing at any given time? (my system)

    I seem to find my self getting on the computer and achieving nothing alot of the time. The more i think about it the more i realize i am a yes sir person doing what i am told to do and not a free thinker giving orders (perhaps this is because i do not plan how i will use my time in advance so i just spend it doing random things) and then when i think about how much i currently make online and how little effort it currently takes to do that it sickens me.

    I have personally tried jotting notes down onto paper but that "system" does not seem to work out for myself.

    I hear there is a whole host load of applications and programs to help people track and manage their time but i fear i will spend more time trying to improve how i spend my time than actually doing what needs doing! A bit like the person (who everyone seems to have known at one stage) that changes their operating system every week for X Y or Z magical reason, but really you waste more time trying to save more time.

    Any input is welcome.
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  2. Time management and motivation are two of the hardest things for me, and I think for most people.

    I am very disorganized. I've tried different software packages to help me, but I can never seem to fit what I am doing into their little boxes. I'm back to using a text file to store ideas and ToDo items.

    One important key to motivation is selecting projects that you are really interested in -- stuff you really care about and really like working on.

    Of course, that can cause problems for time management.

    I try to select projects which will have some value very quickly, and yet be expandable beyond the original scope. That helps me phase my efforts and still maintain motivation. If I have a project that isn't going to be useful to anyone until I've done two years of work on it... it's just not going to get done.

    I also mentally divide my tasks into "low hanging fruit" and "big deliverables". I start my morning with low hanging fruit -- tasks which are easy enough to accomplish in under 20 minutes. I try to have one big deliverable before I go to sleep, like "put the tools menu online". That took about four hours of my day yesterday.

    Another motivational "trick" I use is summed up in the old saying "A change is as good as a rest." When I get tired of one task, I change to another task. When I get tired of that task, I change back. This works very well to alleviate burnout and maintain performance.
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    Time management is an interesting thing. For my company I decided to write my own little program for time management to make sure its the way I want it.

    I have a todo list in there which is helpful although I need to keep it updated. As well as that I have a calendar to keep track of things.

    Motivation is the hard part though. My main business is coding and I find once I've started and I'm in the groove I can keep going for hours.
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    Time management is relaly needed for every one and it's important for one's developemnt . if, we are planned well according to the time then we can reach our goals which we have dreamed.

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    I try to break the tasks I hate to do into small chunks. I go at it hard for 20 minutes, then take a break. I find that the dread of starting a task you hate goes away if you actually grit your teeth and do it.

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    for me it's about your habit. if you're not used to work online. it won't just happen in one day. keep doing it and in time you will find it much more comfortable doing it. and of course set a realistic goal for each day.

    It's like you have a exam but you don't study until the day before exam and you curse your self for not studying earlier. lol After all we are human.

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    Aug 2011
    New Brunswick
    I have had a little trouble with this and just setting schedules for time management and maybe some alarms will help. Motivation is not to bad, write down the list of things you need to get done on several pieces of paper and start putting these all over the place. The more you see the things you need to do the more you think about them and then it will click and you'll start working on them. The biggest problem I face is procrastination which i'm trying to fix.

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    Motivation comes when you look at the big picture. Then time management is a must to get things rolling simultaneously.

    There is no time system that will fit your specific needs. YOU need to fit into the system. The hardest part is not to learn any particular time management system, it is to make the system a habit to you. We all are habit driven.


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    May 2009
    New York
    I read somewhere about a study. You probably could Google it. In short, they put people playing video games and found that after 8 hours the concentration level dropped off dramatically. So, the average person has an 8 hour daily productive window. The key then is to pack as much work as possible into the eight hours. People have a lot more time than they have energy.

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