Make a TO DO List
If you are constantly trying to keep up with urgent (but not necessarily important) tasks, you need to prioritize these tasks and make a list. There is a little saying that goes” for every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” You must clearly distinguish between urgent and important tasks, this way you become both effective and time efficient. You must break really big overwhelming tasks down into bite size action steps that can easily be accomplished. This makes the really big and overwhelming tasks easy to manage and complete. I have found that if I break my To do list into lists that contain no more than a maximum of 10 items each, I more readily get a feeling of accomplishment as I move from list to list during the day. Don’t forget to review your to do list every day during your evening review every day.
Understand that technology has become both a time saver and unfortunately if we allow a huge consumer of our time. The myriad of communication tools available, which include SMS, email, Facebook and Skype etc are major sources of distraction every day. The attention we divert to utilize these very valuable sources of information can negatively affect our concentration, attention, productivity and decision making abilities. Just like with your overall goal of managing your time you must manage your usage of these tools as well. Your activity log will reveal how much time you are spending on unnecessary time wasting things such as reading junk emails, sending and reading unnecessary SMS, Chatting to friends on Facebook etc.
Don’t leave your email open all day as this will distract your attention every time a new mail comes in. The best way I have found to deal with effectively utilizing these very valuable forms of communication is to set aside two blocks of time, for example one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening to attend to email only. You must set a small block of time aside each day for social networking and be very disciplined in sticking to your allocated time. The allocation of time is obviously made every evening when you are doing your daily planning for the next day. Please don’t forget to review how disciplined you were that day and how well you stuck to your committed time allocation for emails, social networking etc. If you are not sticking to your allotted time, put the necessary mental steps in place to stick to your allotted time the next day.
Until you begin to manage all the technology that bombards your existence each day, the technology will manage you.
Lack of assertion can and in most cases will affect your effective energy and time management. Your inability to refuse unreasonable or unrealistic demands from your co-workers, managers and family members and a deep sense of not wanting to disappoint people around you, can become a huge energy sapping waste of your valuable time.
This includes learning when to say no to people, when they just want to chat to you or share their problems with you. It includes saying no to taking on work that can be delegated or effectively done by others. Never promise more than you can deliver as this will negatively affect your performance and keep you away from doing the tasks that are really important or more importantly will stop you from doing the things that are really important to you such as spending time with your family.
I have never heard of someone, looking back over their life saying “I wish I had spent more time at the office or away from my family” Life is an amazing journey, put things in place now to get more out of your day, so that you can begin to get that balance we all aspire to have in our lives. Start to schedule quality time with those people that are near and dear to you, start to schedule time for you and schedule time to rest and recharge your batteries. Allocate at last 24 hours every week to doing nothing but spending time with your self and your family.
Why is awareness such a powerful ally?
Life is a series of trade-offs and every wasted moment is spent forever. Time and therefore your life are traded for the things you choose to do. You have an incredible privilege right now, that privilege is awareness. Use that awareness to create the life of your dreams and have no regrets about what you did with your precious life