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Time Management Tips: Save Time For Fun!

August 10, 2019


Hi! I’m Carson Tate, Founder of Working Simply and author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style. On today’s Work Simply and Live Fully I’m answering your questions and here’s today’s question: Sometimes I get a midweek request to grab dinner or glass of wine. How do I stick to my calendar or routine but be flexible to work fun things like this into my life? Dinner or wine with friends is always fun for me, so I find it difficult to say no, which at times has led me to over commit myself. To avoid over-committing and still have time for fun, I suggest that you set aside buffer or open time on your calendar. So each week look at your calendar and make sure that you have some scheduled open time marked on your calendar. For example, you might consider blocking one to two nights a week as open or free. Or block Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. Literally block this time and label it open buffer or play, so that when you receive that invitation you created space in your life to accept it. Then when you get the invitation for Tuesday night, the night you normally do yoga, you can move your yoga class to Wednesday night which is open. Now you can enjoy your friends and still stick to your schedule and get in your yoga class. Remember every time you say yes to something you’re saying no to something else. Be aware and intentional with what you say yes and no to and leave yourself room for the unexpected happy surprises. Thank you for watching. For more tips and strategies please check out www.carsontate.com. Now go work simply and live fully.

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