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What's the #1 change you've made to improve your time management skills?

former chronic procrastinators, reformed flighty people, etc.: What's the #1 change you've made to improve your organizational and time management skills? (new mantra or mindset? taking a course? etc) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Nov 19, 2013 - 23 answers

Marriage & Work Filter, opposing schedules edition

What non-obvious effects can I expect if I take a job with hours that are very different from my wife's? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 31, 2013 - 21 answers

Online Days Since counter for many recurring tasks?

Before iGoogle disappears, I need to replace my 'Days Since' counter widget. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Apr 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Not just get things done, but find out what I did...

In short: I need to track a couple of hundred tasks over 10-15 projects (in any of 7 areas) on the go at any one time. In a month, when I am asked, I currently have only a vague notion which project took up the most time. Currently using Things for Mac and iphone, but am open to moving if it is for a better solution (i integrated time tracking with no loss of functionality). Am ok with paying for it. [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Mar 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Should I get a part time job?

Before I start, I'd like to point out that I'm not spoiled or lazy. I've been dealing with the very real problems of depression and anxiety for most of my life, and for the past five years I've been working from home. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Feb 26, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I start giving 150% at work?

I recently started at a new job that's going very well, and there is tremendous room for growth here in the next year or two. In order to get where I want to be, I need to start working a lot more and a lot harder. Difficulty level: I'm in grad school part-time and have an active social life. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Feb 18, 2013 - 32 answers

What are the dates for the 9th and 20th business day for the rest of this year and all of next year?

I need to quickly figure the 9th and 20th business days of each month for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013. Preferably not in a manual fashion. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

How do you manage your time as a freelance worker?

How do you manage your time and priorities as work ebbs and flows during your life as a freelancer? What do you do with your days between big jobs? What portion of your time is spent on paying work, managing your business (taxes, bills, sending invoices, etc.), personal/professional development, trying to find more work, networking, etc.? Do you deal with deluges and droughts, or is your work more steady and consistent, and how much control do you have about this situation? What do you do during lulls? How long did it take you to become comfortable with your workload after you became a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Why can't I just get up early, shower and dress, eat, walk the dog, and go?

How can I train myself to get into work by 9AM when nobody but me seems to care at all what time I come in? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jun 21, 2012 - 61 answers

1 month before work starts: what to do?

I'm starting work soon, any ideas on how I could best spend my time before it starts in one month? This is my second fulltime job since I finished my degree last year, and I'd be far away from home this time. Just wondered if there are worthwhile things to do in this not so short, but not so long period of time. [more inside]
posted by vastopenspaces on May 23, 2012 - 8 answers

I need to temporarily become a workaholic

I need to work my butt off, burn the candle at both ends, turn on the afterburners, etc etc. I can work just fine, but I don't know how to be that guy who puts in 16 hour days and sleeps on a cot in his office. How do I become that guy? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Aug 21, 2011 - 35 answers

I know government employees are lazy but this might be pushing it...

Is it too soon to start looking for another job? Difficulty level: trying to go from government to the private sector after five months... [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jun 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me talk to my wife about what time I leave work?

How can I communicate better with my wife about what time I leave work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 - 86 answers

Simple project management software needed

Time-tracking project management software solution needed [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese on Sep 10, 2010 - 2 answers

How to handle this delicate work situation?

An employee/friend came and confided that they are six weeks pregnant. Our boss has been hinting at reducing her hours and does not know she's pregnant. What to do, how to handle this in a professional manner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2010 - 15 answers

How can I change my boss's time-wasting ways?

How can I help my procrastinating, disorganized boss improve his workflow? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Aug 27, 2010 - 3 answers

I didn't sign on to be single mom

My husband's schedule is making me miserable and resentful. He can't change his schedule right now, so what I can do to deal with it better? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2010 - 17 answers

Lots of long term projects...how can I keep motivated/ making progress?

Lots of long term projects...how can I keep motivated/ making progress? [more inside]
posted by _cave on Feb 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Map My Commute Range

Is there a way to create a map that shows an area within a certain number of driving-minutes from a location? [more inside]
posted by billtron on Jan 14, 2010 - 9 answers

No time for each other

I'm in a relationship of a few months old with a wonderful girl. We have great times together, but there's the catch. We're hardly together. How can we change that, or work around it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 - 9 answers

How to fill time at work using the Internet?

How to fill time at work using the Internet? [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Sep 30, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I keep coworkers from wasting my time?

How do I keep coworker friends from taking breaks by chatting with me in my office? [more inside]
posted by pizzazz on Jun 12, 2009 - 30 answers

How to get a part time job as an exam proctor?

How to get a part time job as an exam proctor? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jun 2, 2009 - 9 answers

Ideas for Interesting Part-Time Job

Meta-Filter worked well for me recently, so I thought I’d try again. I realize that what I’m asking is probably a pipedream, but here goes. I live in Los Angeles, CA, have a day job, and am looking for ideas for part-time work, evening and weekends, that would bring in between $500 - $1000 a month. [more inside]
posted by no1un0 on May 6, 2009 - 9 answers

No short term disability? Are you kidding me?

Asking for future-MIL: She works a part-time (25-30hrs/wk) job in Florida, diagnosed with breast cancer, had to undergo surgery and needed time off work, but she was under the impression that she had short term disability, had mastectomy and must be off work for six weeks, tries to file for short term disability and come to find out, no short term disability. What can she do? [more inside]
posted by banannafish on May 13, 2008 - 8 answers

It's not that I'm lazy... I just want to sleep later

My wife and I want to work from home. Know any good companies? [more inside]
posted by Bageena on Mar 7, 2008 - 28 answers

Time optimization?

In the space of a busy life, full-time work, girlfriend, and misc other interests, how does one pave the way for larger projects? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside on Feb 26, 2008 - 31 answers

Types of part time jobs for a psychology student before applying to grad school

I'm presently completing a B.A. on Psychology (via distance learning) with the intentions of continuing towards a Masters in Clinical Social Work. I have a couple of questions: 1) I'm 42 years old and have done back to school as a career changer. I have a wife and daughter and need to work part time while I'm a full time student. Does anyone have any suggestions for work which might help with graduate schools looking at both my academic and work background? All of my previous work experience involves working with people, but not much similar to work a therapist would be engaged in (worked for last 8 years as a talent agent) 2) Does anyone know which cities offer the greatest potential for work as a clinical social worker as I hope to eventually open a private practice, but will work in hospital or mental health facility while gaining experience?
posted by bydar on Sep 30, 2007 - 3 answers

Is the manager lying?

Does the U.S. Dept. of Labor prohibit makeup hours for salaried employees? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jul 11, 2007 - 7 answers

It takes time to make time

How do you fit everything into life that you want to do? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Jun 21, 2007 - 20 answers

Overtime pay versus comp time

What are the rules, if any, governing overtime pay versus comp time? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on May 1, 2007 - 15 answers

Water-cooler time

What is the general norm of “water-cooler time” reported on an 8 to 5 timesheet? [more inside]
posted by tfmm on Oct 20, 2006 - 16 answers

Short course to improve p/t rates

What short course can I do to get better paid part time or self employed work? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish on May 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Five minutes here, ten there, oh no!

I'm having a bit of trouble tracking my time for web consulting work. I need to be able to handle small increments of time, and it needs to have a flexible reporting system. What (preferably web-based) software should I use? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Jan 10, 2006 - 10 answers

How can I change my time-wasting ways and transform myself into a super-efficient super human?

How can I break out of my 27-year-long habit of procrastination? I'm looking for tips to help me mentally as well as specific tools or methods that will help me manage my time better -- especially at work. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 5, 2005 - 35 answers

Idle time overrated?

Is there a direct link between the amount of "idle time" on the job and job dissatisfaction/stress? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens on Sep 6, 2005 - 18 answers

whence the weekend

From when and where does the idea of having a 'weekend' come? Who first decided that two days out of seven should be kept work-free (for most working people)?
posted by humuhumu on Nov 13, 2004 - 16 answers

Time Management for Businesses

What's the best book out there on time management? I've yet to find one that does it all: explain the key concepts of time management, provide a proven framework for gaining control of your time, and identify common mistakes and helpful tips.

Extra points if it deals specifically with any of the following contexts: entrepreneurship, running a proprietorship or small business.
posted by will on Feb 24, 2004 - 7 answers

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