Chris Croft
Tips of the Month – Archive

Time management Tip 19



Four levels of time management

Self discipline and assertiveness

Making goals into action

Did you ‘achieve’ and ‘enjoy’ today?

Poem: My hands were busy through the day

New year’s resolutions that work

Junk calls

Looking forward 5 years

Action versus activity

My top ten

Personality Drivers

Bunch of grapes

Ideas of beating procrastination

Putting up a sign

Money won’t make you happy

Interruptions – some ideas

Interruptions - less time or later

Beating procrastination at Christmas

Planning the year ahead

Examples of efficient systems

Deciding what’s important

Laziness – the root of all problems

Why box 1 is bad

Take time to…

Welcome to the afterlife

Writing everything down

Hi everyone

I'm supposed to be doing a Project Management tip next, but this one can't wait. Because now is the time of year when efficient people are getting their Christmas presents organised!

Just think how good you'll feel when December arrives and you've already got all the presents bought, even wrapped, on the top of your wardrobe. Less stress, and less crowds when you're shopping. And they won't have sold out of the best things... And you won't have to listen to all that Christmas music while your doing it!

The usual beat-procrastination principles apply:

1.  Put time aside for it in your diary. Dedicate next Saturday to it, for example...

2. Break it down into easy chunks. For example today you could write a list of who's going to get a present from you. Then later you could start putting what against each person, and then tick them off as you get them

or method 3:  take the plunge.

Just go to Argos or Ikea, or a local Craft Fair, or wherever, and buy lots of things that are suitable, and then decide later who'll get what.

method 4:  bribery.Get some nice things for yourself while you're there.

method 5: make it easy. Don't even get out of your chair! There are some great internet sites like: and, or for CDs, DVDs, and books you can't beat:

method 6: visualise a negative future: do you want to be frantically trawling the crowded sold-out shops on Dec 23rd, buying a load of rubbish because you've run out of time?

method 7: visualise a positive future: how good will you feel when your friends are complaining about it and you've got it all done!

so there we are,

Time Management and Christmas.

onwards and upwards


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