Most disorganized, overwhelmed people I know want more balance in their lives. I believe that it is just as important to schedule time for self-care as it is to schedule all your business appointments. Remember to put both your business and personal appointments into your calendar so that you have a balance of both professional and restorative time in your schedule. All work and no play quickly leads to burnout.

Consider the idea of scheduling time for self-care as a means to greater productivity. If you are healthy, well rested, and happy, you will be much more effective at whatever you want to accomplish in your office. Having ‘productive’ time with your family could be just the motivator for improving your performance at work. Taking time off for vacation allows you to step back and have a different perspective on your work projects.

It is also important to give yourself enough time in between work appointments for going to the bathroom, eating, and travel. Be sure to be responsible in how much you try to schedule into one day. Keeping your schedule spacious supports you to be present and focused on the task you have chosen for that time-slot.

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How good are you at delegating? Is there someone in your office that you could ask to help you? Perhaps there is a friend or family member that could take on some of your tasks. Even if it takes you 10 minutes to think about what you can delegate to whom. This may save you hours of work in the future.

Did you know that it is also affordable to get help online? The website fiverr.com connects you with people willing to complete all kinds of tasks, from writing blog posts to designing business cards. There are also excellent virtual assistants all around the world who can offer administrative support for you and your business. Just google “virtual assistant,” and you will have thousands of options. Check out all the interesting people who have skills and talents to offer you!

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 18: Share Your Calendar Updates

October 6, 2014

Once set up, it only takes a few minutes to share your calendar updates with people at home or at work. Families may want to sync their calendars so that appointments don’t get missed, and coworkers may need to share calendars to keep up to date on project deadlines. Ehow.com gives you step-by-step instructions on […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 19: Most Important Tasks First

September 29, 2014

This seems obvious, doesn’t it? And yet we all want to do the easiest tasks first to have a sense of accomplishment. It is so easy to develop a routine of coming into your office, checking your voice-mail and e-mail, and having that decide what you should do today. Creating the habit of deciding your […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 20: Automatic Bill Pay

September 22, 2014

Paying regular bills automatically is the ultimate time saver. Not only is it very safe and secure to do online now, it saves you on checks, stamps, and time. Depending on your monthly cash flow, you can either try to have all bills due on the same date or to group them so that they […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 21: Productive Meetings

September 15, 2014

Oh, so many meetings, so little time! Doesn’t it feel that way some days? Try to make meetings more productive whether you are leading them or participating by following these simple steps: • Decide if you really need to be there. Could you get this information later or from someone else? If you don’t need […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 22: Making Phone Calls

September 8, 2014

Phone calls can be interruptive to your workflow. They are also often very necessary and important. Here are some suggestions for being more efficient on the phone: 1. Have a phone message book, ideally with duplicate pages 2. Get all relevant info first: name, phone number, date, issue, or subject of call 3. Have a […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 23: Marketing is Important

September 1, 2014

Marketing seems to go along with finance: you either love it or resist it. And yet, if you have an office, you are most likely to be responsible for both. Whether you work for a large company or have your own business, we all usually need to deal with numbers in our office. If you […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 24: Schedule Time for Professional Development

August 25, 2014

Life is an ongoing process and it’s fun to learn new things. Be sure to schedule time for your own professional development. Whether your profession requires you to take continuing education classes or not, it’s great to attend seminars and conferences. Being out of your office and interacting with others in your field will expand […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 25: Designated Time for Reading

August 18, 2014

Can you take just 10 minutes to be quiet and read something while you are in your office? It seems like we rarely read while at our desks, but it is important to keep up with reports, new ideas and concepts, and our own professional development. If 10 minutes a day isn’t enough time for […]

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