Add more time to your day

Add more time to your day

With the busy hustle of daily life, it would be nice if we could find an extra hour or two -- making tasks easier to complete and more free time available to enjoy personal and leisure activities. The Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) has 10 tips on how to maximize the time you do have and potentially add extra hours to your day:


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About Professional Organizers in Canada

Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) is a national, registered non-profit association that provides education, business development tools and a code of ethics for all types of organizers across Canada. Currently representing more than 500 professional organizers in more than 14 chapters nationwide, POC's mandate is to provide a supportive environment for members to learn, share ideas, network, and exchange resources. POC also works to educate the public about the organizing industry and the benefits of working with a POC member. POC offers an online member directory to help clients find an organizer who is right for their project.


Could you use more help getting organized? Visit the POC website at www.organizersincanada.com.


Five tips for your professional life:


1. Prioritize your work tasks daily and weekly. Start your work day, every day, by looking at all projects and tasks. Make a list based on importance and timelines. This will help organize each day and complete more things. Do the same for the week on either Sunday evening or on Monday morning. Not only will you hit your deadlines and stay on task, you will work more efficiently.


2. Set strict times and agendas for all meetings and phone calls. To keep all of your meetings and conference calls well-organized and efficient, set agendas and necessary hard stops for them in advance. This will ensure that your time is used wisely and it eliminates the risk of the "dragged-out" meeting or call.


3. Take on only what you can handle. Instead of instantly saying yes to new tasks or taking on a short deadline to please others, set realistic timelines and workloads for yourself. Do not take on anything else unless you have ample time to complete it successfully and without compromising other tasks or sleep.


4. Learn to delegate. From the senior to junior level, learn the art of delegation early. This is vital, especially when you are working on larger projects. Seek support from your colleagues and take advantage of being part of a team.


5. Make lunch and work breaks productive. Even on the busiest days, take at least 30 minutes away from your computer screen to have lunch and recharge. It has been proven that if you take a break away, you are refreshed and ready to conquer your work again with more energy and a refocused mind.


Five tips for your personal life:


1. Do your prep the night before. Whether it is making your lunch, selecting your outfit for the next day or making brunch reservations with friends, get it done in advance. This will save you a few minutes each day - minutes that can seriously add up.


2. Exercise. You may think this will take time out of your day - think again. By exercising two to three times per week, you are doing something good for your health, and you will be more energized in general. This will help you get things done quicker and free up more time.


3. Keep a to-do list on you at all times. Whether it is a mobile note app or a simple piece of paper in your pocket, keep track of your errands and to-dos. This will help you to incorporate these things into your schedule easier, act as a good reminder and keep you more efficient in your personal life.


4. Schedule out appointments and important life tasks in advance and at the same times each year. Book your medical appointments in advance and set aside time for personal administrative work - all during the same times every year. This is helpful because you will have everything laid out in advance and you can work it into times of year benefit both your work and personal schedules.


5. Set aside time each week to do something special. Make sure that, no matter how busy you are, you take time to play. Seeing friends and family, being outdoors or doing a favourite activity once a week, truly contributes to your happiness and wellbeing. By planning in advance, you control how long each weekly activity will be and you won't waste any time organizing it for yourself.


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