Monday, December 9, 2013

Five Holiday Time-savers

#savetime #keepyoursanity #morehoursinyourday

Need more hours in your day? I can help. The following list is an excerpt from my presentation entitled Time Management Secrets for Part-time Writers, which I've taught at two writers conferences, and will be available in booklet form in 2014.

I chose the ones I believed would be most beneficial to help you keep your sanity through the Holiday season.

1. Ask yourself, “If I only had time to do ONE thing on my list, what would I do?”

2. Learn to say “no” without apologizing.

3. Laugh frequently. Find things to make yourself laugh. Hang around funny people. Laughter releases the same endorphins that exercise does, so it keeps you healthy and relieves stress.

4. Don’t underestimate the power of five, ten, or fifteen minutes of work to whittle away at a huge project. Even God created the entire universe in six parts.

5. Take something with you to put away when you walk to another room, to keep clutter at a minimum.

What time-saving tips do you use during the holidays--or any time--to keep your life manageable?


  1. Jeanette; These are so simple, Why have I not thought of them myself? Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. Most of the wisest tips are the simplest, Quiet. Thanks for stopping by today!

  2. Hi Jeanette! I bet you are a wonderful speaker. I am working on #2. I used to say 'yes' to everything. Now I take the time to be sure it's something I really should do.
    Time is so precious. Handle with care :)
    Nice to see you today!

    1. Thanks, Ceil. I hope I am a great speaker! I'm so proud of you for learning to say "no" more often!

  3. Well, I should say: turn off the computer :) since I have no television to turn off :)
    Anyway, be focused and determined in what I do, procrastinating takes up too much time.

  4. I love these tips, Jen. I had to learn to do #2: "Say 'no' without apologizing." Someone once told me to think of the word "no" as a complete sentence. That's something I keep in mind when dealing with pushy people who are deaf to the "no" of others.

    I also practice tip #5 a lot. With two little kids, there are things out of place all over my house! Whenever I leave a room, I take a thing or two to put away in the room I'm walking into. It helps keep clutter at a minimum.

    Thanks for these. Congrats on the booklet coming out in 2014!

  5. The second one got me. My husband always said, "No is a complete sentence."

  6. Learning "no" is a HUGE accomplishment!! I like Susan's comment. :-) And very true that you can get a lot done in 5-10 min. segment. Many tasks can be completed in pieces. Come visit me on facebook. I'm posting a suggestion a day on how we can all keep the true spirit of Christmas in the forefront during the month of December. It's helping ME!
    This blog post will direct you, if you're interested:


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