Schedule in Some Margin Time

If you want to get a grip on your time management for the long-term, you must have a long-term plan. A while back, I discovered my new favorite time management tip: schedule everything. It made a huge difference in how I spent my time but it wasn’t perfect.

Build in Margin Time

There were time when I felt overwhelmed trying to fit everything in. I’ve had to scale back a lot but the biggest difference for me came when I started to schedule in some margin time. I’ve read about the importance of margin time from several sources and they are right.

Inevitably, you will almost always need more time to do something than you think. Whether it is getting ready to go somewhere, to writing, to handling administrative tasks, etc. There will be interruptions. There will be issues, if something can happen, it often does!

Therefore, if you build in some margin time, you give yourself breathing room. It allows you to keep the overwhelm under control because you aren’t under the gun. For me, once I built in some margin time, I have been able to keep an even better handle on my time management.

Yes, I’ve had to let some things go. Yes, I’ve had to make even more hard decisions on how I spend my time. But, that’s a good thing! I know if you build in some margin into your schedule it will make a difference for you too. It will give you greater focus and it will give you some extra space. So give it a try!

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Grammar Tip: Used to Vs Use to

Which is correct, used to or used to? The answer is the same as for supposed to!

Grammar Tip: Used to Vs Use to

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When using the phrase used to do NOT omit the d. Used to is incorrect, ALWAYS.

For Example: Andrew used to write for 20 minutes a day. (It is not correct to write “Andrew use to write for 20 minutes a day.”)

For Example: Jennifer used to take a writing course. (Again, It is not correct to write “Jennifer use to take a writing course”)

This fix is easy to remember: Just keep the d!

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Books Read in August 2016

I read three books in August:

Image by Hermann (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Image by Hermann (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

The Incubated Author: 10 Steps to Start a Movement. I have to be honest and admit that I had trouble getting into this book. I did glean some insights but I didn’t like how she characterized Jesus in the book. I get why she portrayed Him that way but He is so much more than that.

The Paleo Manifesto.  I read this book before. There are some aspects of the book that I think are “out there” but I am looking to eat more “cleanly” and figured I could get some ideas from this book if I read it again. I did. The biggest takeaway is that I need to be more firm and committed to cutting out the sugar.

Profit First. I have also read this before. However, I am participating in Tina Forsyth‘s Profit First course and this book is the basis of the class. If you are looking to take control of your finances or looking to put together a budget that actually works, this book is a life changer.

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