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I’m having a tough time controlling my calendar. Any ideas on how I can keep things running smoothly?

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Ah yes, no matter what we have going on, there is never enough time in a day to get things done.  There are a few things you can do depending on what exactly the problem is.

First, start with marking you calendar with everything that is going on.  If kids have soccer every Monday at 6:30, mark that down.  If you have a monthly book club that meets the second Tuesday of every month, write that down.  If you volunteer somewhere every Saturday afternoon, make sure that is recorded.  Now you know what time of yours is already booked.

Determine what you need to get done and how much time it is going to take.  Then schedule it in.  Maybe you have nothing going on Wednesday, so you set that aside for bookkeeping and phone calls to customers.  You could set Thursday aside for delivering orders if you have any, and if you don’t have any, maybe it would be a good time to do some advertising.

Of course, life may get in the way and you will have to move some of these things.  Maybe someone wants a party on Wednesday night.  That likely isn’t an issue and you can move your bookkeeping to Sunday afternoon or somewhere else that suits you.  Don’t forget to schedule in important things though such as a date night with your significant other or time to hang out with the kids and be silly.

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