The Mkt. team has been styled, and not with Vuitton and Louboutin, but with one of the greatest gifts of all…TIME.

As part of Mkt.’s Wellness Program, the team sat down with Time Styler, entrepreneur, speaker and author, Kate Christie, to become time management experts and learn how to get 30 hours back in to our month!

Having the open culture we do, we wanted to share with you some of our favourite takeaways from this session…. You’re welcome.

  1. Keep a rolling list of to-do’s that are not urgent handy at all times. When you find you have ‘time confetti’ – time gifted to you when you’re unexpectedly early or something gets cancelled – use this time to start getting through the list. The list could include, contacting a friend or family member you’ve been meaning to get in touch with, booking a hair appointment or responding to a non-urgent email.
  2. Take on a new mantra…. You know the old adage; someone asks, “How are you?” and the universal response follows, “Oh, so busy”… old news, who isn’t busy, really? Kate Christie suggests a new response, and one that will make you feel much more positive about all the work you’re doing to combat your ‘busy’. Why not try “I’m well thanks, I’ve been seriously productive!”
  3. What is a time management session without quoting Aristotle? Let’s take a minute to think about this one: We’re learning to think critically about how we spend our time, and always asking ourselves, “Is this the best use of my time”… In the business of keeping time, we’re reflecting on our days via our timesheets to learn what habits we’re accustomed to and then consider what works and what doesn’t.
  4. We’re ‘yes people’. And being ‘yes people’ has its ups and downs… Ups: We’re positive, collaborative and supportive of our clients, suppliers and business partners, and that will never change. But being a yes person can mean you run the risk of over-extending yourself, being pressed for deadlines and feeling over-worked or over-scheduled in your personal life, too. The outcome? You’re not making the best use of your, and someone else’s, time. Sometimes, it’s okay to say no or to suggest another solution.
  5. Procrastination. It’s a global epidemic faced by professionals, students, parents and children alike. It’s possible to make a mountain out of a molehill on a task and dance around actually getting started by making it seem bigger than it is. How to combat this? You don’t need to be ready to start, just start. Tackle the ugly frog first – that task that you’re dreading – add it to the top of your list and attack it first thing in the morning, when you’re mind is at its freshest and most productive.