Time Management – Plug Your Energy Leaks
Plug Your Energy Leaks
The ever increasing rate of change and the fast pace of the world we live in, places massive pressure on our ability to remain focused. So unless we are on guard at the door of our mind, we will get pulled in a million different directions each day. When you are not focused and you are allowing yourself to be pulled in too many different directions, you will be obviously be unproductive, lack effectiveness and it will feel like you are losing all your energy through a myriad of tiny energy leaks, throughout your body.
Wrestle Back Control
Plug those energy leaks by claiming back control of everything you do each day. Identify a couple of really important outcomes you want to achieve and create specific time slots in your schedule, to carry out these activities or tasks. These are priority tasks, which are aligned with achieving those specific outcomes or small bite size daily goals. Learn the art of prioritisation and focusing your energy on completing every task you start, before moving onto the next one and you will have discovered the secret to managing your energy and actually finishing each day, satisfied in the knowledge that you have actually accomplished something meaningful that day.
Say No to the Good, So that You Can Say Yes to the Great
Learn to say no!!!! and schedule time to handle those constant interruptions, which steal your focus throughout the day. As crazy at that sounds, if you have an open door all day, people will interrupt you all day. If you have a scheduled time slot in your day where you are available to handle “Interruptions” and this is communicated to everyone, you will still be available, but you will be in control.
Avoid Information Overload
You need to win the battle against information overload. Learn to quickly separate the valuable from the irrelevant and become ruthless with tidal wave of emails, tweets, texts, and the media we are exposed to each day. Stop wasting major time on minor things.
Improve your Productivity
Until you make this small shift to the way you manage your time, energy and daily activities, your productivity will continue to plummet.
Action Idea: So make a commitment today to hunt down all the things in your life that are sapping your energy, time and productivity and ruthlessly eliminate them from your life. An activity log, where you record all your activities every hour for a week and then at the end of the week, you look back at what you actually did each hour, is a great way to identify the areas where you are wasting your time. On average people who commit to use an activity log and to asses their performance over the week, gain a minimum of two hours of productive time every day.
Identify and eliminate all the ways you are allowing your energy to be diverted away from the important activities, which are going to deliver the future you desire. Eliminate all the unnecessary time wasters from your life and learn to plug all the energy leaks that are killing your efficiency and effectiveness. Learn to direct your focus, energy and time towards your real purpose and vision and ensure that your activities are focused on achieving the success you desire.
Author: Andrew Horton Time Management