Taking charge of your time

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Taking a look at your relationship with time and how to map out your day at work and home to hopefully free up space in your day.
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Time is a precious resource that is handed out equally. We all have 24 hours in a day.  

But choosing how to use that time is often a personal choice that reflects our priorities. People in the workforce can use their time to meet deadlines. Students might carve up their day to make space for studying and socializing. Almost all of us use our time to scratch off tasks on a daily to-do list.  

But as the clock counts down, time can easily slip away — making us feel defeated and stressed. And while we live in an period of high tech, filled with digital tools that promise to help us manage our time, those same tools distract us from what we need to get done. 

So is it even possible to gain control? 

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MPR News host Angela Davis talks with a time management strategist about how to make the best use of our time at work and at home so that we can ultimately free up space in our day.  

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MPR News host Angela Davis (left) talks with Chris Farrell and Kelly Nolan (right) in an MPR News studio in the Kling Public Media Center in St. Paul on Monday.
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  • Kelly Nolan is a time management strategist and mom of two. She is a former patent litigator who now consults professional working women on time management so they can manage it all personally and professionally with less stress. Kelly is also the host of the Bright Method podcast

  • Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Minnesota Public Radio. He’s also a senior contributor at Marketplace, American Public Media's nationally syndicated public radio business and economic program.  

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