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Step 7: Set aside chunks of time to do nothing

If you have a tendency to schedule your days down to the last minute, you lose what could potentially be valuable catch-up time when something runs behind, Kaufman suggests. If you're on schedule for everything up to that point, perhaps you might schedule 20 minutes to just relax, reflect and plan ahead. "Schedule appointments with yourself to work on specific tasks or projects and keep those appointments," Dr. Tytel emphasizes.

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10 STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL TIME MANAGEMENT

 Home: Introduction
 Step 01: Getting started
 Step 02: Set clear goals and objectives
 Step 03: Keep an activity log
 Step 04: Handle e-mail and phone calls in batches
 Step 05: Divide larger tasks into groups of smaller ones
 Step 06: Prioritize tasks
 Step 07: Set aside chunks of time to do nothing
 Step 08: Don't overwork yourself
 Step 09: Learn when to say no
 Step 10: Know when you need time management help

This was first published in April 2005

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