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
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
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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