Tips on How to Manage Time this Year

Setting new goals and making new resolutions isn’t enough. To make sure that you can achieve everything you have decided to, you have to be good at managing time. Efficient time management can lead to achieving your goals and completing tasks in time.

1. Fire up a word-processor or a spreadsheet program to write a list all the tasks you have to do. You can even do it on a sheet of paper. Use of a computer is recommended to save the rewriting time. Don’t worry about the priority of each task while making this list. Just get the list ready.

2. Once you are finished with listing all the tasks, scan it from top to bottom. Is there any task that can further be broken down in smaller sub-tasks? If yes, then break these further into smaller ones and list them below the main task.

3. Prioritize each main task by marking numerals like I, II, III, IV and so on in front of each task. If you have broken down some main tasks into sub-tasks, mark them with a, b, c, d and so on.

4. Rearrange the tasks according to their priority. This is optional for time management. You can continue using your marked priority list as it is.

5. Estimate the time you would require for completing each task. Indicate this time against each. You don’t have to be accurate but be realistic in general while writing down the required time. Keep in mind so as not to exceed the total time you plan to work in a day, after all you have limited hours for time management.

6. If you find that some tasks don’t fit in your stipulated working time for the day, mark them with an * or any other symbol to indicate that they will be tackled the next day.

7. There’s no fun in doing things if you aren’t going to take a break to reward yourself on working on your tasks. These small breaks not only ensure that you stay focused but are also necessary to help you relax.

8. Make sure that you return to work on your tasks each time you take a break. Keep in mind as an incentive that the sooner you finish all your tasks for the day, the more free time you will get at the end of your list.

9. Accommodate any urgent, last minute tasks after the one you are currently working on. Don’t let yourself get distracted in between and loose the rhythm.

10. At the end of the day move all unfinished tasks to the top of a new page or sheet for the next day. Take a few minutes to think what all you have to accomplish the next day and add those tasks to the list.

* If you get stuck on a task or it requires the intervention of others for completion, don’t wait and waste time. Instead mark the task as unfinished and move on to the next one on the list. Return to review the unfinished task later on or move it to the next day’s list.

You can use these points for time management at work, home, business or just about anywhere.

Remember to always plan Today for an efficient Tomorrow.

How to catch the time?

Time is running out fast. It’s already 5 days into the New Year. How do you catch time? It’s not easy but can be done if you plan well and stick to it. That’s how I was able to do another update of this site making it easier for you to find things on this site.

Another thing I will be starting this week is that from now on in addition to regular tips under different categories, I will be focusing on the ‘Theme of Week’. There will be more tips and articles related to the theme being highlighted for the whole week. You will be able to see some topics from the past on the Home page that you might have missed or forgotten. With some good Time Management Tips you can kick start your new year on the right foot.

Keep yourself posted with RSS or Email subscription as my revision of the website is almost over and I will be focusing on providing you with tips on a wide range of topics. Wooops… It’s time to catch the time :)

Why choose Linux and Open Source Software?

A product, whether a gadget or software, might have flaws in it. A product is never 100% perfect. Every other consumer will find some flaw, either in its design, the way it works or some bug in the software.

There is little you can do about design flaws in a gadget because it’s a closed proprietary product with you having limited access to the inner components or no means of modifying and solving the flaw. The same can be said in the case of a closed source proprietary software.

Developers try their best to rectify or contain bugs in software. As any developer will verify, once a product is released, it’s natural that some bugs might have been left untended or some new ones are discovered later during its usage. This is true for proprietary as well as open source software.

Then why should one go in for Linux and Open Source Software solution?

Imagine there are two cars available. One has an open design, comes with a detailed and complete repair manual and diagrams, aptly named the Open Car. The other has everything hidden under the hood with no repair manual, the Closed Car.

Over the years, the Open Car becomes popular as more people buy it because it is easy to repair. There is a vast community building up that helps others using this car. Every repair shop is able to easily repair the car as third party components are available. You can even go in stores and buy spares for this car. You can modify it in anyway you want. Add and remove features according to your preference and liking.

On the other hand, the Closed Car has limited repair facilities. Repair is expensive as spares are available only from the company. The car company has to put in a lot of their own resources to support it. You cannot modify it as you would be violating the company’s end user agreement.

Thus the Open Car is able to reduce its price tag and yet increase the market share but the Closed Car gets costlier to own and maintain.

Which car would you prefer to buy?

The same is with open and closed source software. As and when bugs are discovered or notified, the open source software gets updated more frequently than a closed source one. You are free to modify the open source software according to your needs all by yourself or hire someone to do it for you, without the fear of violating any end user agreements on modifications.

Whats more, you don’t have to pay for renewal of licenses for the next version of an open source software as it’s free to use in the first place. Whereas for a proprietary software, you will have to shell out money to use the next version.

From the security point of view, open source software outscores their closed source counterparts. Rapid security updates and fixes are available for fixing the loop holes in open source software. If you are more paranoid about the security of the software you are using, open source is at advantage. You can get it verified from a security analyst as its source code is readily available.

The only hampering point for Linux and open source software is when hardware and device manufacturers fail to release the details of their products for the benefit of open source development of drivers and compatibility.

Linux and Open Source Software gives you the real freedom to do things the way you want to. If this open model can be applied to things around us, the world would become a better place to live and care for.