Magazine article Work & Family Life

Planning and Setting Priorities

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Planning and Setting Priorities

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The priorities we establish-the choices we make about when and how we use our time-reflect our goals and our values. Is it more important to work overtime for the extra money and miss dinner at home, have a clean kitchen or take your six-year-old to the library? We are always making these decisions. To manage your time better:

Take a snapshot of your life. Keep a log of a typical weekday and weekend. Try to spot any real time-wasters or ways you could combine tasks to more nearly reach the goals you have set for yourself, for your work, and for your family and friends.

Use the "Should Test." I should clean the closet, I must pay the rent. I must get this report done on time. Distinguishing between what must be accomplished and those guilt-producing "shoulds" becomes fairly obvious. …

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