Time Management Strategies for Women

It is rightly said that ‘Time and Tide wait for none.’

In today’s fast paced world, time is money. Like all other resources, the availability of time is limited, while the pressures to get more and more done within this time available keeps building. So time management is essential for everyone.

Everybody today faces a time crunch. Very often, we hear women expressing feelings of being overwhelmed by the pressures of the job and home responsibilities and never finding time to do all the work that needs to be done. Yet there are some women who manage to get all their work done in time, who manage to be productive and get time for all the tasks that need to be accomplished.

What differentiates these women from those who find it harder and harder to be effective time managers?

The strategies used by women who effectively manage time are :

  • Being flexible,
  • Being able to work despite interruptions,
  • Being good at multi tasking,
  • Blocking out distractions,
  • Planning their activities for the day,
  • Reviewing what happened throughout the day,
  • Not micromanaging work delegated to others.

 

These are some of the things that women can do to manage their time effectively:

  • Use different software tools and apps available to make time management easier.
  • Prioritize things at the start of the day by making lists of tasks in the order of importance.
  • Work ‘faster’ to accomplish more.
  • Try and keep things organized at home, to ensure there is not too much left in disarray when leaving for work.
  • Avoid clutter and the resultant worry, hassles, confusion and stress from having to search for things, by following the golden rule of ‘A place for everything and everything in its place.’
  • Get help with household chores to save their energy.
  • Enlist the active participation of family members in the household work which would make their lives easier.
  • Women sometimes sigh that their planning became quite mechanical. Even such planning has its uses, rather than the chaos resulting from unplanned, haphazard work.
  • Being organized helps in better utilization of time.
  • ‘Make time’ to manage time wisely!
  • Many women get bogged down by the expectations attached to their traditional roles and feel stressed out, overwhelmed and exhausted. Women should learn to cultivate expectations more relevant to their current roles.
  • Women should not be negative or waste time. Developing a positive attitude would give a boost to their productivity.
  • Women employees should plan their day based on priority; reduce time for tasks and improve efficiency.
  • Women would do well to avoid wasting time in gossiping or venting.
  • Women should carve out some ‘me time’ or ‘nothing time’ to improve their efficiency.
  • Early-morning meditation helps a lot as also taking breaks with zero time management.

Time management is an ongoing process. We can never say we have completely mastered the art of managing time most effectively. The better we get at managing our time, the more we can achieve and progress.

Human life itself is a test of endurance and perseverance and success rewards those keep at it, day in and day out. Women should realize this while trying to manage time effectively.

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Book Review

Review of the book ‘The Food of Love’ written by Amanda Prowse

Freya, the mother believes in her daughter and her own ability to deal with everything pertaining to her children, despite all odds.
This touches a chord in mothers all over the world who feel the same way.

Readers can identify with the feelings of helplessness, despair and the overwhelming urge to pretend that all is well and platitudes to gloss over a rapidly deteriorating situation!

The moral dilemma faced by the mother in this book where no one can be conveniently blamed for the horrible situation leaves the readers too, flailing about, looking for something, anything, on which to pin the blame, so real is the character portrayal by the author Amanda Prowse, and so compelling is the flow of the book.

The book leaves the readers dismayed to find that nothing can be taken for granted in this world and what we hold dearest may be lost at any moment, even as we desperately try to keep it all together.

We cannot help mentally stuffing our fists into our mouths and silently screaming, ‘ Oh my God, Oh my God! But for the Grace of God, that could be me in that scenario!’

Really, we should count our blessings and fight this obsession with so – called beautiful bodies and the unnatural pressure on people to constantly ‘look good’ and the craving imposed and brainwashed into us to be youthful, no matter what our age or occupation or health condition is like.

A book that forces the reader to look deeply within and question many things that are accepted casually, without a second thought.

A compelling read!

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Role Of A Teacher

I feel a teacher’s role involves more than teaching.

We do wear multiple hats as teachers.

A teacher’s role involves more than simply standing in front of a classroom and lecturing. In fact, even though a teacher spends the majority of the day in the classroom, the actual teaching component is only part of the job. An effective teacher understands that teaching involves wearing multiple hats to ensure that the school day runs smoothly and all students receive a quality education.

 

Planning

At the planning stage, teachers play multiple roles. They are learners, constantly taking classes and attending professional development sessions to learn the latest best practices and strategies for effective teaching. Many teachers regularly collaborate with one another to gain new ideas for teaching, planning grade-level instruction and combining subjects to enhance the learning experience. They analyze test results and other data to help determine the course of their instruction and make changes in their classrooms. Teachers also design lesson plans to teach the standards and provide engaging activities, while taking into account each student’s interests and instructional needs.

 

Instruction

Instead of just lecturing in the classroom, teachers are facilitators of learning, providing students with the information and tools they need to master a subject. At times, teachers act like tutors, working with small groups of students or individual students within the classroom or after class. Teachers also play the role of evaluators, constantly assessing students’ abilities through formal and informal assessments, providing suggestions for improvement and assigning grades.

 

 Student Interaction

Perhaps the most important roles teachers fill involve interacting with students. Teachers must be leaders in the classroom and in the school, earning the respect of students and setting a positive example. They must be disciplinarians, doling out fair and consistent punishments to students who break the rules. At the same time, teachers must show care and concern for students. A teacher has the power to build up or tear down a student’s self-esteem and make a student’s day or ruin it in an instant. When interacting with students, a teacher must fill the role of a counselor, a surrogate parent, a nutritionist and someone who has the best interests of every child at heart.

 

Other Professional Duties

Throughout the school day and over the course of the school year, teachers take on other roles, as well. They are chaperones at school functions and coaches of school sports. They are monitors at lunch and recess and serve as fundraisers for field trips and school supplies. Teachers also play the role of interior designer, making sure their classrooms are set up to support learning and act as artists when they update their bulletin boards and other displays.

 

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Listening – Really Listening!

In today’s world of smart phones, tablets, instant messaging and 24/7 access to information, almost everyone is glued to their device of choice. Technology has shrunken physical distances and connected people to each other worldwide.

Yet, people have become impatient with short attention spans. They often miss key information as they get easily distracted. Way back in 1957, researchers found that listeners only remembered about half of what they’d heard immediately after someone finished talking!

  • 85% of what we know, we have learned through listening.
  • Human beings generally listen at a 25% comprehension rate.
  • In a typical business day, people spend :
  • 45% of their time listening,
  • 30% of their time talking,
  • 16% reading and
  • 9% writing.

The dramatic strides we have made in information-management efficiency and effectiveness suggest a promising future. But our listening practices in comparison are rooted in the past. In fact, the quality and efficiency of conversational listening have been seriously diminished.

Email has become the easy and quick way to communicate, share info, make requests and answer questions. Yet, there is a dark side to the endless flow of emails coming at us. Each of us may have 100 to 300 emails to read, delete, respond to, or act on each day. More disturbing is the fact that to a great extent, emails have replaced conversations.

We simply do not make the time to connect with and maintain solid relationships with people, as we should. This situation can and must be remedied with a quiet mind and a full focus, not thinking what we’ll say, not problem solving in our minds, or even partially thinking of our own to-do list.

Almost everyone sincerely believes that he or she listens effectively.  Consequently, very few people think they need to develop their listening skills.  But, in fact, listening effectively is something that very few of us can do.  It is not because listening effectively is so difficult.  Most of us have just never developed the habits that would make us effective listeners.

Listening is an essential competency for organisations remaining competitive. However, less than 2% of all professionals have had formal education or training to improve listening skills and techniques.

The comments and questions of employees are often given short shrift by the leader in staff meetings. The manager’s lack of skill in questioning and responding produces guarded responses and many problems remain unaddressed in performance appraisals. Poor listening accounts for businesses losing billions of dollars each year to missed communication, misunderstandings and duplication of effort.

Listening is a leadership responsibility that does not appear in the job description. Leaders need to listen to their employees to lead the increasingly diverse and multi-generational workforce.

A business leader needs understanding to motivate and influence his employees. Leaders who are powerful listeners tend to have the most influence over their employees.

 

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Fun – Filled Reading

I just finished editing a book written by Nirupama Sriram.

The book is all about the journey of self-discovery of Avantika, a young woman who wants to be cool and hep and get a lot of Likes on her Facebook Page.

The travails she goes through in her attempt to be cool, make for hilarious reading even while forcing you to stop and ponder awhile on what is real and what isn’t.

The book is being published by Blue Rose Publishers.

The book will be available in  print by January end or in the first week of February, a good time for Valentine’s Day gifting!

Dear Readers, the link to her Blog is:

https://nirupamaprv.wordpress.com/

It is aptly entitled ‘Opinions of a Catty, Book-loving, Couch Potato’!

Happy Reading!

 

dsc06086

(First Step Towards Authorship!)

 

New Year Resolutions

I must be the worst resolution maker in the world!

There – I have said it and I feel lighter already.

I had made a resolution a couple of months back to eat well, exercise for an hour daily and go to bed on time, in order to improve my health and be energetic.

Sadly, I have not been able to do any of the above.

What I have managed to successfully do is delude myself into thinking that I have in fact gotten started on all the above goals and actually stick to these goals quite regularly, not all the days of the week but good enough.

The truth is that, though I like to kid myself that I have been eating well and exercising five days a week (sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?) I have been exercising for 20 minutes two days in a week and not eating properly at all.

So I made a New Year Resolution this evening to sincerely follow all my three goals and broke it an hour later by eating junk food merrily and as this post shows, keeping awake way past the 10.30 pm deadline I has set for myself.

SO …..

For all the weak resolution makers of the world, let me tell you, I am NOT going to berate myself anymore or despair.

I have hit upon a fool-proof way to stick to my resolutions.

How?

It really is fool-proof, no matter who does it!

I shall make a Resolution tonight, just before falling asleep, …. hold on …. the important part is …..

I shall resolve to do whatever I already did that day……!

Sounds good?

For instance I am going to resolve to fall asleep at 11.55 pm on 1st January 2017.

It is now 11.13 pm and gives me enough time to actually do it.

I am feeling smug and virtuous already.

You too can play with this idea and see what blooms!

Happy New Year!

dsc06148 (The Resolution Maker’s Dream….. of a World where all resolutions are easily kept….!)

Hey!

I resolve to sleep at 12.05 am tonight!!