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Effective Time Management... or How to Fail Completely

Updated on June 9, 2016

My long time issues with Time Management

As far back as I can remember, my school teacher's comments usually included "head in the clouds" or "day-dreamer". At one point a teacher thought it may be that my mind worked a little differently and the way the curriculum was taught did not engage me.

Aaah-haaa! But then again I don't think academia is my forte.

So my lack of discipline in the art of effective time management then had nothing to do with how filled with responsibilities my life seems now.

I always loved art and to read. My creative side must be engaged to get through the most mundane of tasks. I usually accomplish this by thinking "how can I do this better?". Which starts me off in another direction than the task at hand itself... Now what was I saying?

Maybe I have A.D.D. I've done 2 other tasks in between creating the Lens Title and writing this Introduction.

Or is this the way it is these days with everybody? Too much to accomplish, in too little time, in this frantically fast paced world.

This lens will most likely be a life-long project since I have had this chronic disease for 47 years and counting...

Effective Time Management

How to cure my multi-tasking disability

Wait... what was I doing?

OK, well, I do have to check my email.

What, the dog needs to go out?

Someone's at the door.

Phone's ringing.

Check my email.

I swear I will come back to this in a minute,

Really, I will.

Time Mangement Issues solved with a Click - A Procrastinator's Ultimate Dream... or not.

Oh well... it worked out in the end.

Click (Special Edition)
Click (Special Edition)

A harried workaholic, Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) doesn't have time for his wife (Kate Beckinsale) and children, not if he's to impress his ungrateful boss and earn a well-deserved promotion. So when he meets Morty (Christopher Walken), a loopy sales clerk, he gets the answer to his prayers: a magical remote that allows him to bypass life's little distractions with increasingly hysterical results... Click to see more.


OK, back on track. These are just a few of the things that consume my day.

Watching the grand kids

Cleaning House

Checking for email

Making my Soy Candles

Habitually trying to organize

Bookkeeping for the family landscaping business

Checking for email



Taking care of a cat & dog

Checking for email

Working at a part time job

Looking for a full-time job

Doing all the above at our RV Park trailer 6 months a year and going back and forth (it's only 20 minutes away)

Did I say check for email?

Squidoo: I really spend most of my time (4-12 hours or so?) here and hopefully I'm making my well-documented Squidoo Addiction pay off :D

2 iOffer stores (Click HERE to skip to my stores widgets below)



Squidoo SquidU Forums, although not so much now.

2 blogs linking back to Squidoo (See above at right)

Craig's List





Netflix for my Twilight and Romantic Comedy, 80's and Vampire Movies interests

Facebook Fans pages for Squidoo and Green Clean Tip of the Day


3 groups on Ning

and lastly, my Email checking obsession

I'm sure there's more, but I need to get back to my email...

Dilbert's take on Efficient Time Managing

How good are you at your own Time Management?

Will you join me ~or~ make me jealous. :D

How good are you at your own Time Management?

How good are you at your own Time Management?

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What I should have been doing...

at the time I was writing this

Not checking email

Dog poop patrol


Checking about paying bills on-line. Finally! Husband was unsure about that. His idea this time. Go figure.

Sweeping and Vacuuming

Not checking email

Updating my resume

Should I keep going?

My iOffer Stores

Click on an iOffer Widget to see the entire store

Oops! Closed for a Garage Sale, but my addiction to Squidoo is delaying me from updating and reposting all the items... Add to the list... today?

Time Management Timers for Kids - I figure start' em early and wipe out this epidemic.

Product Description:

Find it hard to "Get out the door" on time in the morning? Want to end those bedtime battles? Want your kids to be more independent? OnTask OnTime for Kids takes the nagging out of parenting. Designed by a mom of triplets plus one, this unique time management system supplies 52 full-color task stickers to organize three routines: Morning (getting ready for school), Afternoon (transitioning from school to home activities), and Evening (getting ready for bed). Individualized routines are put together by parents and children to fit their life style... OnTask OnTime for Kids is designed for children between the ages of five and twelve, and is available with girl or boy illustrations.

Click to see more.

On-Task On-Time For Kids
On-Task On-Time For Kids

* Helps children with their daily routines. * One main timer unit, with disks for 3 routines * 52 Task Stickers and Reward Chart * White board and two dry erase markers * Convenient wall hanger


Days Without A Lost Time Accident = 0

The challenge is to keep this from happening.

Hmmm. New theory!

I'm just addicted to...

All PC and Internet ~ All the TIME.


I'm cured.


As Roseann Roseannadana says:

It's always something...

Please share so we can make a global difference to this world stopping ailment.

OK, maybe not global, but it is distracting. :D

Did you like this lens? Have you found what you're looking for?

If so, please be so kind and rate, favorite, and/or lensroll. (Squidoo members only)

Not a member of Squidoo yet? Join here!

But be assured that anyone can leave a comment, so please do.

Do you have this sickness? Or maybe just a funny story? - Anyone can leave a comment, so please do.

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      7 years ago

      I was thinking today how tired people get about new tools and processes for this stuff. Having a great process is one answer but having a sense of humor is the killer app of them all. Thanks for this. Ant

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      7 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Great point! People do not succeed, because they believe they do not. It's not because of the obstacles, challenges and everyday life. This can change only at will!

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      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      We're only wasting time if we think we are. I waste no time, ever! -:) (And I did 82 lenses in 10 weeks- can add my addiction story -;)

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      This lens really made me smile! There are so many things I should be doing right now, but here I am on Squidoo! One of my great time wasters is "going out to look at the garden!"- why?!Blessed by a Squid Angel and added to my angel lens.

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      8 years ago

      There is a real art to wasting time and not all of us can do it

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      8 years ago

      I think I do alright with my time management ... it's just that I have so much frigging stuff to do and there just isn't enough time. I have to work faster and multitask whenever possible.

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      Kimsworld LM 

      8 years ago

      Oh Yeah! I suffer from ailment. This is a great lens about time mangement. I think my condition is chronic though. I have tried to cure myself for years and have seen little progress.

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      8 years ago

      LOL! Love this lens! I'm in the process of my own 'self-help' procrastinators therapy and I've lensrolled your lens to my lens.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh yes, I can relate! Checking lensrank on Squidoo is almost as attractive as checking email you know.

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      8 years ago

      Ha ha.... we could swap lives and no one would notice any difference. Thanks for comments and featuring I Hate Housework, where you will also find a little spot devoted to Effective Time Management... they seem to go together somehow.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      8 years ago

      E-mail is not high on my list, but I love to read. I'll stop what I'm doing and read a page, get back to work, read a couple of pages, work, read a chapter... Before I know it I'm curled up on the sofa with the book.I love your intro picture.Lizzy

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      8 years ago

      Email checking used to be a big vice of mine, but my Blackberry took care of that. Now, it's checking my Blackberry - which doesn't take nearly as much time and alerts me when I have a message (great for anyone that has the compulsion to check there's constantly!). It's tough to get organized, but in the end, it really does make you more productive and happy. Great idea for a lens!

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      8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading about your funny way of looking at time management.Constantly checking emails is sure one of the worst time waster.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      This really made me smile! I like deadlines... the more time I have, the more scattered my attention becomes. And the Internet makes is way too easy to get distracted. I'm really enjoying your lenses and you seem like a lovely lensmaster as well as a talented one. Wishing you best of luck with all your Squidooing!

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      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've been told in the past I'm an 'organized' person, but if you could see my house right now ... with several 'projects' scattered here and there and piles of paperwork to sort through, and tending to skip from one thing to another without completing any of them.... you'd think I needed Time Management. I was much more organized when I was working, due to necessity. Since retirement, things have become "what do I FEEL like doing at this moment, thus the chaos! I guess my New Year's Resolution should be to get back to the 'better organized' person I used to be. Or go back to work :-), which seemed to keep me on course! Fun lens.

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      9 years ago

      Great lens

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      BW Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to JenniferAkers] Thanks for the heads-up. Done :D

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      JenniferAkers LM 

      9 years ago

      Great lens, and I can relate to your daily list of activities. Make sure to add RedGage, since we met each other there. ;-)

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      Michey LM 

      9 years ago

      Managing time was my problem as far as I remember.... and still is... I like your lens, you give me some good ideas. 5*, favBy the way, I discover you om Redgage, long life of Web 2.0 Applications.Thanksmichey

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      My professional career was ruled by my day runner book (before everyone had a Blackberry or other PDA). Today I work at home and the discipline is more difficult, so I schedule errands in the morning on specific days, then I can be multi-tasking at the computer for the rest of the day and night. I work more hours now than when I was younger ... but I'm definitely happier. Plus, I can drop it all, load up the laptop and suitcase into the car and take off to stay with the grandkids whenever I want to. Can't put a price on that freedom!

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      BW Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to spunkyduckling] You're very welcome and deserving. About the time management, well... you're not going to get that here, :D but there are several real ones in the "discover related pages" section on this lens. lol

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      9 years ago

      Thank you for your comment on my lens (armywivespetpeeves) and for favoriting it. I've rated this lens 5**. Could really do with some time management skills. So many projects and I'm not getting a chance to finish...

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      9 years ago

      My time management strategy is called "my wife." (Ramkitten) If it weren't for her, my head would be in the clouds 24/7. I enjoyed your lens and can definitely relate ... a little too much! :)

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      BW Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to Ramkitten] I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for sharing. :D

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Now that I'm self-employed, time management is all up to me ... and more difficult than when I had a full-time job. I often find myself checking email, Twittering, tweeking Squidoo lenses and doing other "odd jobs" online instead of taking care of what REALLY needs to get done. And even though I should be doing something else right now, I really enjoyed your lens and found some new lenses to visit while I was at it. Thanks!

    • SoyCandleLover profile imageAUTHOR

      BW Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to Lou1842] Sorry, I thought I had replied back to you earlier. Thanks so much for your kind and 1st comment of thsi lens. Much appreciated.

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      BW Duerr 

      9 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      [in reply to chefkeem] Thanks so much for your comment and blessing. It means so much to me that someone shares my distraction. :D

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I can definitely relate to your stories...LOL 5*s and a blessing for the laughs! :)

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      9 years ago

      I'm definitely an addict at checking my e-mail and doing squidoo lenses too! Funny lens. Thanks for sharing.


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