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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

June 15, 2018

Use Your Time Effectively to Get More Out of Your Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - In our hurry up world, where every family seems to have schedules crammed with responsibilities, many people wonder how to get more done in the time available.

"Instead of focusing on doing more, you may want to consider strategies for managing your projects and using your time more effectively," said David Burton, a community development specialsit with University of Missouri Extension.

The six basic strategies are as follows:

Assume ownership. "Don't allow others to make commitments of your time without your permission. You'd be surprised if someone helped themselves to money in your wallet. Is it really any different when others help themselves to your time?" said Burton.

Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize. "Check yourself continuously to see that you are working on the things that are most important to you," said Burton.

Work on overcoming procrastination. "Conquer time-wasting habits. When you see that you are procrastinating, make it a point to take the first step toward completing the task," said Burton.

Break down large jobs. "One of the sources of procrastination is that some tasks seem too overwhelming to begin. Learn to break these down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Often the most challenging step is the first one to take," said Burton.

Set up a simple filing system. "At home, as well as at work, you need a filing system so that you can find important papers when you need them," said Burton.

Reward yourself. "Take time to celebrate the completion of major tasks or when major challenges have been met," said Burton.

These basic strategies are expanded on in the University of Missouri Extension publication, "Time Effectiveness, Prioritizing Your Time," GH6653 available online at

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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