7 Simple Steps to Get More Out of Your Day

By admin / March 16, 2006
By: Alan Fairweather
Category: Time Management

Let's face it - time is probably our greatest resource. We

never seem to have enough of it and it seems to pass so

quickly. Well we won't get any more of it and we can't slow

it down.

What we can do is make the most of the time we have. Here

are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of

your day.

1. Plan your day the night before - At the end of each day

write out all the things you need to do the following day to

achieve your goals. Pull together all the information you'll

need, phone numbers and relevant paperwork.

2. Prioritise the list - Number each item and do the nasty

jobs first. There's always the temptation to do the easy

jobs first. However, think how the thought of doing the

nasty jobs hangs over you as you do the easy stuff. Think

how good you'll feel when the nasties are out of the way and

how motivated you'll feel.

3. Stick to your list - Tick off each item as you go and

don't let yourself be distracted. The temptation is to

handle the telephone and e-mails as they come in. The phone

is hard to ignore but you could always pull out the plug and

let it go to voice mail and switch off the email program.

Make an agreement with yourself to check for messages every

two hours or so.

4. Remember the Three "D's" - Do it, Delegate it or Dump it.

Handle each piece of paper only once. Either do something

about it now, delegate it to someone else or chuck it in the

trash. And remember - "Only do it if only you can do it."

5. Don't procrastinate - Procrastination really is the

"Thief of Time" It's so easy to put things off till another

time or till "I've had time to think about it." DO IT NOW!

6. Plan your leisure time - Take up activities that need you

to be at a certain place at a certain time. Instead of just

"going to the gym," book a fitness class or an appointment

with a personal trainer.

7. Be honest with yourself - Keep asking - "Is what I'm

doing now getting me to where I want to get to?" if the

answer is "no," change what you're doing.

This is the easiest way to more out of your day and more out

of your life.

Alan Fairweather -"The Motivation Doctor" - is the author of

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