Keeping Track of Your Time

Time is the one resource that’s never been biased against anyone. We all have the same amount of 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

Nonetheless, for many people, there’s just never enough time in the day to accomplish any stipulated task, be it in the office or any work done towards achieving life success.

If you fall in this class of people, you could not be tracking your time as well as you want or perhaps you never thought of tracking how your time is spent in a day.

It’s important that you put in place time tracking strategies that can help you balance and make the most of the time you have in any given day.

 

The Importance of Keeping Track of Your Time

Keeping track of your time helps you control how you spend it both at work and at leisure. By being able to manage your time, you stop attending to nonessential work and focus on critical and relevant assignments. In return, you get to boost your career as well as your life.

Moreover, embracing time tracking skills at work teaches you to be more productive. When you can finish all your tasks within the postulated period, your job not only gets enjoyable but rewarding too.

Effective time management skills are an important requisite for businesses’ success not to mention your own personal success, and most people will only rush to place their work demands upon hardworking individuals and deadline busters.

So, if you sometimes feel lost after not being able to take control of your hours, then you can turn the situation around by developing and embracing a time tracking plan.

Time tracking strategy shouldn’t be something fancy. You can start by using any simple tools around. In fact, the best tools you can ever use to keep track of your time are pen and paper. While this might differ from person to person, pen and paper are more flexible, and you get to describe your time however you want.

It’s important that you put in place time tracking strategies that can help you balance and make the most of the time you have in any given day.

But the questing running through your mind right now is ‘how do I develop time tracking strategies.’

Right away, let’s dive into how you can effectively keep track of your time.

 

Tips on How You Can Keep Track of Your Time

Keeping track of your time means taking control of your daily activities and delegating the exact minutes or hours you should spend on a particular task.

But it’s not easy to wake up one day and start doing things differently. So, we will give you a few tips on how to start.

  • Plan for the day
    Jot down a plan before you get ready for the day. Include a to-do list, and put the most important tasks at the top. Do your most important tasks first before embarking on other things you intended to do during the day.
  • Set a time limit for each task
    Decide on the amount of time each task should take so that they’re not drawn out or eat away time intended for other jobs
  • Don’t get sidetracked
    Wasting time on chores that aren’t important seems unavoidable. If you find yourself in this situation, check your to-do list and pick what’s on top. Also, be adamant of the deadline so that you’re not caught unaware when you fall behind schedule doing some other work.
  • Learn to say ‘NO’
    Only take what you can handle. If you feel the assignments are just too much and the deadline isn’t realistic, say a polite ‘NO’ or ask for more time.
  • Try out personal organizer software
    The objective of using any personal organizer app or software is to keep you up to the speed of everything in your life. It organizes info, prioritizes them according to your settings and keeps track of both finished and pending projects. There are so many options available today but here are a few you may like:

Just remember your time is to important to waste, so keep track of it and make the most out of it.

Happy Mother’s Day

“There will be so many times you fell like you failed, but in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child you will always be Super Mom!”
                                                                                    ~Stephanie Precourt

Mother’s Day, it’s the one day of the year that you get to cherish the only one person whose influence has made you who you are today.

Mothers are not only important but have a special ingenuity that makes them the irrefutable nurturers of children right from the womb. They spend a significant part of their lives caring, protecting, and nurturing their children. It is a hard job, but gratifying and fulfilling when you see what your sons and daughters have finally become.

Nevertheless, the objective of writing this post is to attest to the hard work that mothers put to ensure the success of their children over time.  It’s quite understood that there’s no subject that people differ so much as to who plays an influential role in the success of their children – and without a doubt, this topic invites arguments. One thing is true though; while no one parent can be pronounced as superior in child rearing, women have surely demonstrated their motherhood role as a spirited influence that stimulates children physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.

In the first three to five years of life, a child learns more than any other time. At this early stage, mothers are not only involved in caring and protecting their children, but also instil knowledge, values, purpose, and responsibility which enables children to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Child development experts indicate that every mother’s love, care and teachings create a permanent impression in the heart and mind of the child. The influence a mother has on her child is considered the primary factor that determines whether a child will be able to thrive and flourish with other people successfully.  Her love and attention is not only needed for a child’s physical growth but also helps in a child’s personal development and success. According to studies, children who spent quality time with their mothers tend to fare better than children who were put into a substitute care program. Yes, mothers teach kids how to think, love, care and work together with other people in life – and that’s success.

So, as you’ll be busy celebrating this Mother’s Day, remember moms carry out and accomplish the toughest job, and their role in the success of our lives needs recognition since we owe them a massive debt of gratitude.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms – you are irreplaceable gifts from God, and you deserve all the accolades.

“Successful Mother’s are not the ones that have never struggled, they are the ones that never give up despite the struggles.”
                                                                                            ~ Sharon Jaynes

The Everyday Super Hero

The Everyday Super Hero

“Teaching is the most powerful weapon which you
can use to change the world.”
                                                                      ~Nelson Mandela

If you can solve a mathematical problem, read a book, write a letter, calculate distance, or even cook a meal, then you know who you should be thanking. One of the most important professions across the world, that of a teacher, is one that commonly comes with little thanks or acknowledgement.

It doesn’t really matter what kind of community you are talking about, they all have teachers.  If you think about it, teachers have the ability to make an extreme impression and contribution to society, even changing the world.  Educating, not just our future but our present, is what allows us to function as a blooming society.  They inspire success and encourage us to venture out of our element, allowing us to prove to ourselves that “yes, we can.”

I have had many inspirational teachers throughout my life that I think of often and thank constantly.  Like many good teachers a few I had cleared the cobwebs from my brain and made the completely incomprehensive suddenly understandable.  This gave me the confidence to push myself farther and excel.  Their excitement for the subject and creativeness to make it interesting, passed to me and in turn made me interested and excited as well.  Really? Excited about Algebra? Me? Yes! My professor in college completely turned around my confidence.  Mathematics was never my strong suit in school but after learning from my college professor, I realized it takes that special person that loves what they teach to inspire you to love it as well.

Sometimes teachers are the only constant in our lives.  Someone we see on a daily basis and that you can count on will always be there.  Not just to teach but to listen, coach, guide, console, encourage, and mentor us for our future goals and aspirations.  A good teacher knows that no dream is too big or small for their students and they take the time to encourage those dreams.

Teachers also understand the importance of life skills and work at introducing those skills within their teachings which is a creative and necessary way to educate our youth on important life lessons that would be very hard to learn any other way.  A teacher usually does not ask for any thanks, they are humble and quiet.  When I tried to thank her, that college professor I spoke of earlier, told me  “no thank you was necessary.” Her thank you was seeing me succeed and enjoy Algebra and mathematics in general.

This, being teacher appreciation week, remember to thank all of our teachers.  Without them we would not be who we were yesterday, who we are now, or who we will become in the future.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember,
involve me and I learn.”

                                                                                          ~Ben Franklin

Mail Chimp

Email Marketing with MailChimp

With the use of social media on the rise, you would think email marketing might be dead…. WRONG, email marketing is alive and well and perhaps still one of the most effective marketing methods.

Email marketing means keeping in touch with your customers.  Are you collecting email addresses of your customers, prospective customers and site visitors?  If not, you should be.

There are many solutions to not only help you collect the email addresses, but also design and send first class email newsletters and announcements.   Today I’m going to talk about MailChimp.

MailChimp (www.MailChimp.com) is one of my favorite services, not only because it does the job remarkably well, but because it’s free to get started, giving you the opportunity to start small, and on the cheap, and grow into a paid plan.

Their “Forever Free” plan allows you to have a substantial 2,000 subscribers and send 12,000 emails per month.   That is typically quite enough for most websites starting up.  When you go above 2,000 subscribers or need to send an unlimited amount of emails per month, they have plans that start at just $20/month.  Or they offer “Pay as you go” plans where you buy email credits for .02 or .03 cents each for each email you send.  Think of email credits like postage stamps and you simply buy a pack of credits and use them as you send messages.

After creating a free account, the first thing you’ll need to do is create a “List”.  This is a mailing list.  This might be something like “Newsletter List” or “Current Customers” or “Prospective Clients”.  You can create as many lists as you like, and send messages to specific lists.

Whereas you might send your monthly newsletter to everyone, you might send different offers and specials to existing customers and different offers and specials to prospective customers.

Once you create a list, you can add subscribers any number of ways.  You can manually enter them into the system, or you can import and copy and paste from a spreadsheet or text file.  In my experience MailChimp offers the best and most-versatile import options compared to other services.  You can even generate a signup form that you can embed in your website so people can signup for your newsletter themselves online.

Once you’ve built a list, you’re ready to create a Campaign.  A campaign is just a fancy word for an email.  This could be a newsletter, note to your customers, or some kind of promotion. The possibilities are endless.  They offer a wide variety of templates to get you started, from very simple emails, to multi-column newsletters.

You can create your content without any technical knowledge of HTML, using a WYSIWYG (What you See is What You Get) editor that allows you full control of your design and the ability to insert graphics and images.

When you’re ready to send, you have various options to send immediately, or schedule it to send later. With paid accounts, you have even more options, like options to split your mailing or let MailChimp tell you the best time to send your email to ensure the most engagement.

The emails are delivered quickly and you’ll have access to full reports, like how many were sent, how many people opened it, how many people clicked on something in your email and how many bounced or could not be delivered.

They are fully CAN-SPAM compliant, so at the bottom of each email, it reminds them why they are on your list, and gives them a one-click option to unsubscribe.

If you’re looking for a way to get started with email marketing, check out MailChimp!