Time Management Tip: Get Synchronized

If you’re like most people, time management is likely a huge struggle for you. Keeping track of everything you have to do can be insanely difficult, especially if you’re a busy person always on the go with a million things to do. It probably doesn’t help that you have a calendar at work, a calendar on your phone, and then you’re getting invites from friends through personal e-mail and Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. So how do you keep track? Simplify. How do you simplify? Synchronize!

First step, you have to keep track of everything you need to do. This includes putting reminders into your phone any time you say “i need to do this later.” Don’t make the common mistake of saying, “I’ll remember it.” I’m just as guilty as anyone else if doing this. Unfortunately, there were numerous times in college where I’d remember at 1:00AM and the assignment was due at midnight. So put it in your calendars!

Step two, SYNC UP! Did you know that you can synchronize just about anything that uses a calendar? If you use Google Calendars, you can sync it up with your Microsoft Outlook at the office. Now you can add events from your personal accounts to your office accounts and vice versa. And if you have a smart phone, you can sync your Google Calendar (i’m sure you can do it someway with MS Outlook as well) to your phone’s calendar application (or any other calendar app you’ve downloaded).

If you want to really sync up, you can even sync your Facebook Events to your calendars. If you use any other services, look for ways to sync them together. Odds are there’s a way to do it, even if it’s not listed directly on the website. Just to go to trusty Google and I’m sure you’ll find an article somewhere to fix your problem.

Sync up, and you’re guaranteed to be more on task and worry less about what you have to do. Because you’ll be able to see all your events at the same time, whether you’re in MS Office, Google Calendar, on your phone, or any other service you sync with.

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About Jason Willis
Jason graduated from the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2011 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. He currently works at The Newport Group as an Investment Analyst on the Asset & Liability Management Team working with Non Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans. In his spare time he continues to give back to AKPsi by assisting with the CFAC and NX Chapter at UCF. He also currently operates his own blog entitled Professional Hedging, and is also preparing to acquire his Series 7 and 66 Certifications.

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