by Craig Lock
"Live your life, don't spend it." - A. Lakein
"Know the true value of time-snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it."-
Lord Chesterfield (1694-1733)
GET MORE FROM LIFE EACH DAY
Habits start as consciously made decisions, e.g., what time to get up. Once
established, good habits become second nature.
- Focus on one day at a time.
- Live the moment.
- Forget yesterday and look forward to tomorrow. If you feel guilty about
what happened yesterday, or are anxious about what might happen tomorrow,
your energy will be dissipated.
- Plan your work, then work your plan.
- What good and bad habits have you developed? Reinforce the good daily
patterns and break the bad.
- Be an "early bird".
Success is also the result of habit. It depends not so much on doing the unusual, but on doing the commonplace unusually well.
DON'T PROCRASTINATE - DO IT NOW
Don't confuse being busy with working efficiently - activities can be
tension-relieving, not goal achieving. By concentrating on fewer priorities
regularly on a fixed schedule, you can achieve a lot more in less time.
IS TIME THE PROBLEM OR ARE YOU?
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS
- Draw up a daily "to do" list. Rank priority tasks (the important few), as
well as the trivial many. This allows you to focus on fewer things and
achieve more. Sort into A's, B's & C's where:
A's are important and urgent. Must do today.
Use this system to cover work, personal and family items. This allows you to
strike a balance in your daily living. In addition, you can schedule the
daily activities required to achieve your objectives. By giving high
visibility to your major goal, you can keep your mental energies concentrated.
B's are important and not urgent. Want to do today.
C's are not important. Today only if possible, or delegate.
- Remember the 20/80 principle: 20 percent of your key activities will give you 80 precent of your results or payoff and 80 percent of your work (or clients) will produce 20 percent of your profits.
- Don't hog all the work. Delegate what you can as this encourages a sense of responsibility and a sense of teamwork in others. It frees up your time for more important activities.
- Handle each piece of paper only once. Rather than shuffling paper, make a decision to deal with it NOW (if important), destroy, or put into a folder for later action.
- Use the concept of time blocks to do similar tasks at one time...rather than when they arise, otherwise trivia will swamp what is important.
- Look at your body rhythms for which times suit you best. When do you work best (or when is your concentration at its maximum)? Are you most alert in the morning, afternoon or evening? Plan your day by your energy cycle. You
can schedule the most important or mentally demanding activities when you are at your peak.
- "Next time you say, 'I'm wasting time', change that to say, 'I'm wasting
myself'". -- Paul J. Meyer, Success Motivation Institute. But, remember! Work is not everything. IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES.
When you take control of time, you take control of your life.
- LIST YOUR GOALS AND SET PRIORITIES:
- Life Goals
- Work Goals
- Identify Short Term A's.
- MAKE A DAILY "TO DO" LIST
- Set A's, B's, and C's
- Don't schedule every minute of the day.
- Start with A's - NOT WITH C's
A's are 80% of everything. Make inroads into A's every chance you get. Use
the 'Swiss Cheese' approach, i.e., identify small tasks that will poke a hole
in a big one. Do these in your odd moments. Do anything that moves A along.
- ASK YOURSELF: WHAT IS THE BEST USE OF MY TIME RIGHT NOW?
Why waste time on C's if you've an A to do? Fight habits and just filling in
- HANDLE EACH PIECE OF PAPER ONLY ONCE
Have a C drawer.
- DO IT NOW!
- Decide you can do it right away.
- Itemize (write it down)
Article courtesy of MediaPeak, http://mediapeak.com
Craig Lock has written extensively on the subject of time management, as well
as in the field of self help. This extract is from his first published book,
"Handbook for Survival in the Nineties" (which has been updated and renamed "How to Survive in the New Millennium"). These books are available at:
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