This post was originally published on July 17, 2012 as “Seven Taoist Time Management Tips That Really Work.”
However. Times change and so do I. Here’s the updated version:
Anna, here, reporting from Redding, California. Where is that, you ask? If you had more time, you could Google it. But since you don’t have time, I will cut to the chase and provide you with tips that will not only save you time but enhance the way you use the time you do have.
My current tagline is “online marketing made simple.” You may have noticed that I did not say “easy,” and the truth is, “simple” is a stretch.
Easy means, well, you know — not difficult. Simple means straightforward — not unnecessarily complex. Those who have worked with technology know that “simple” often means something more like, “after trying to figure it out for four hours I did. It was simple. I added an extra space before the login and so my password didn’t work. But now it does. And I need a cocktail — pronto.”
Simple. Straightforward. Maddening. Everyone, even the most seasoned programmer goes through this type of scenario.
The crazy-making nature of technology is why it’s important to have an arsenal of zenifying (yep, I made that word up!) techniques and tips to help you enjoy your life more.
These time management tips help you go with the flow, instead of against it.
I can’t guarantee these 7 tips will be easy to implement but I do guarantee that if you give them a try your life will be simpler — and more pleasant, too.
- Choose a career and lifestyle you enjoy. The logic: if you choose a career and a lifestyle you enjoy, you’ll cut down on procrastination and the resulting complications before you’re even out the gate.
- Control your addictions. Start with email, not cigarettes (uh, just kidding). The logic: email is mostly consumption and I know you are in this game to be creative and productive.
- Get enough sleep, eat well, drink water and exercise. The logic: a sound body makes for a sound(er) mind.
- Meditate and/or do yoga (or similar). The logic: a sound spirit makes for a sound(er) mind.
- Have fun unrelated to your work. The logic: see #4.
- Systematize. For example, keep an editorial calendar and you won’t have to sweat what to write about for this week’s post because you already thought things through when you set up the calendar. The logic: since a lot of social media tasks are repetitive and/or cyclical, keeping schedules, calendars and checklists cuts down on a lot of unnecessary thinking and frees up your creative juices.
- Spend to save. The logic: If you are charging $100/hour for your work, hiring any labor cheaper than your own, especially if it’s client work, will give you more time to make more money.
What do all of these tips have in common? They help you go with the flow instead of against it. And this, friends, is how you live the good life.
How about your time saving tips? Since we’re all just as busy as you are, we want to know!
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