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Sidetracked

Sidetracked

So it is February 1, 2015 and many of you made resolutions or set goals for the New Year and probably many of you got a little sidetracked on those goals and resolutions…why? Isn’t it easier to deal with the critical, the immediate, the in your face issues than it is to work on those issues that would be “nice” to work on but don’t appear to be so critical. But maybe your goals are more critical than you think—they were important enough to make them, weren’t they? Here are some ideas to get you back on track…

TimerDIET

Make Menus
Make Menus

Weight loss, whether through diet or exercise changes are number one for New Year’s resolutions and goals, and they are the easiest to get side tracked on. Why? Partly because we don’t manage our time wisely, but probably because we don’t plan for a realistic day. Somehow we think we will have 30 minutes several times a day to make a healthy nutritious meals, an hour and half to run and weight lift and we will never ever be tempted to stray from our plan!? Not true—any of it! Sometimes you will have 1 minute to find something to eat, and you need to be prepared with easy to eat 1 minute meals, and 5 minutes, 15 minutes and if you are really lucky and have an entire 30 minutes then great make something more extravagant. The same with working out—if you can find 20 minute pockets of time to work out you will be further ahead than those who wait until they have an entire hour to hour and a half that they can devote to working out! You can work out several times a day and incorporate other activities into your work out like watching something you normally would do sitting down.

TimerSAVINGS

Get a Handle on Your Finances!
Get a Handle on Your Finances!

Getting a handle on your finances in the New Year (especially after the holidays have just ended) can seem futile. But remember it is not where you are that matters as much as where you are headed. You can make changes right now as to where you are going with your finances. Have you gone through all of your monthly expenses to make sure you are in the right product? Unused data, channels you never watch, deductibles you never use, warranties that don’t make sense, magazines you never read…question everything see if you can get a refund or reduce your future monthly spending! Then look at your discretionary spending and see if you feel you are making wise decisions. You should be able to save money and have some for discretionary spending, if not you need to think of ways to increase your ability to make money. There are amazing ideas coming out daily—you probably have one inside you right now!

TimerORGANIZER

Keep your plans sacred
Keep your plans sacred

The master of sidetracking is time management. Keep a piece of paper next to you (computer/app if you must) but every time you realize you have gotten sidetracked—write it down! Right as soon as you notice and then the approximate time spent. At the end of the day, look at your list of things to do that you did not get done and look at your sidetracked list and ask yourself—was this the best use of my time today?

 Sherri Sue Fisher author of TimerDIET, TimerORGANIZER, and TimerSAVINGS

 

 

 

Pockets of Time

Pockets of Time

 

Use your time wisely
Use your time wisely

We all have pockets of time that come into our lives and we have the option to use them or waste them. If you aren’t sure that you have pockets of time:

Do you ever find yourself waiting on hold for more than a minute?

Do you wait in line at the store for more than a minute?

Do you work out on a treadmill, bike or elliptical machine?

Do you ever find yourself in the waiting room of the doctor’s, dentist, salon, or similar

Do you ever find yourself waiting on someone at a restaurant to arrive?

How do you use these pockets of time? Checking your phone for social media messages? Check e-mails (10 times in 10 minutes!) What if you made a list of things you could do with each of these pockets of time and try to memorize them; here are some of mine.

On hold – write my next blog, Facebook, or Twitter posting. Go through my inbox of mail, update my budget, read some instructions that I have been meaning to do.

Waiting in line at the store – I try not to wait in line, but if I must I work on my list to do for the day, week, or month. Either in my head or on my phone calendar.

Working out – Catch up on news stories on my iPad, listen to my iPod either something I downloaded that is motivational or educational. Or something I added myself; recently I am taking a French class—I know that sounds pretentious but it is kind of fun! (Doing things with our pockets of time do not need to always be productive—they can be just fun!)

Waiting rooms – Are perfect for reading either magazine articles, books, or the latest news. You can bring a magazine or book with your or have them on your tablet.

Waiting for someone at the restaurant – First I ask to go ahead and be seated if possible, that way I can be comfortable and check out the menu, maybe even get something to start with while I wait. But more importantly I use the time with a combination of all of the above!

So when you encounter your pockets of time remember this…15 minutes a day equals over 91 hours a year, how do you want to spend your pockets of time?

 

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerOrganizer and TimerDiet

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Fall TV Schedule

September is here and the Fall TV Schedule is around the corner…

Do You Have a TV Schedule?

How do you decide what to watch? How do you decide how much to watch? Do you seek out new programs to watch since your favorites were cancelled last year? Do you watch TV from the time you get home to the time you go to bed? Do you even care what you watch as long as the TV is on? About 10 years ago I wanted to start being cognizant of the time I was spending watching TV. So I got out the Fall TV Guide and a spreadsheet on the computer and figured out which shows were important to me and did my best to keep it to about 1-2 hours a night, some nights there were none. Some people may say that is too much TV; while others will admit to watching much more. That really isn’t the point…

Are you doing what you want?
Are you doing what you want?

What Do You Want Your Life to Look Like?

It can be all too easy to come home from a day of work and sit in front of the TV until it is time to go to bed. Only to realize years later that what you wanted to accomplish in life hasn’t happened yet. But, at least you know what happened on such and such program…write down what you want your life to look like. What do you need to learn to make it happen? Sometimes the reason we are tired when we come home is that we don’t have anything exciting to look forward to. So make some plans, have something to do. What is your passion? Painting? Music? Creating a patent? Writing a Book?

Please do not tell me that your passion is sitting at home day after day, night after night watching TV. Is it? Sometimes TV and movies are OK to watch as a distraction from our own lives, but don’t let them replace living our own lives.

Sherri Sue Fisher, author of TimerDiet and TimerOrganizer

 

 

 

 

Blame Your Brain for Being Late? Really?

Blame Your Brain for Being Late? Really?

So now there is a biological reason for being late! Well according to the researchers reported by Elle Magazine. But, I am guessing Know your timethat if you had to meet an attorney at $500 an hour you would be on time, or tickets to a program that did not allow late arrivals, or how about your surgery that is scheduled at 7AM sharp. More than likely if you are late, it is because you have decided the consequences are not that dire.

Surprisingly I Used to be Late

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Pockets of Time

We all have pockets of time that come into our lives and we have the option to use them or waste them. If you aren’t sure that you have pockets of time:
  • Do you ever find yourself waiting on hold for more than a minute?
  • Do you wait in line at the store for more than a minute?
  • Do you work out on a treadmill, bike or elliptical machine?
  • Do you ever find yourself in the waiting room of the doctor’s, dentist, salon, or similar?
  • Do you ever find yourself waiting on someone at a restaurant to arrive?
How do you use these pockets of time? Checking your phone for social media messages? Check e-mails (10 times in 10 minutes!) What if you made a list of things you could do with each of these pockets of time and try to memorize them; here are some of mine.

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