Ten Steps To Manage Your Time And Get Things Done
by David Julian Price
In today's busy world, many people have difficulty managing their time and getting everything done. Some people are very busy, but they never manage to achieve the things they really want. Others never get anything done.
Some people are late for everything in their lives and don't know why. Have you ever noticed that people who are late are always late – there is a pattern. The same is true for punctual people – they are nearly always punctual – they too have a pattern
There are some basic steps that people can take to improve their chances of getting done what they want and need to get done. Here are 10 steps.
1. Stop talking time - talk priorities. Time is finite – everyone has the same amount so there is no point in saying you don't have time – you do. What differs from one person to the next, is their priorities and how they allocate their time.
2. Make sure that you know the top 3 things you must get done today - work on them first! If nothing else gets done, make sure these top 3 do get done. Work on them first.
3. Stop procrastinating. Adopt this mantra - Just do it - and do it now! Procrastination is defined as putting off what needs to be done. There is only one way to stop procrastinating – just stop!
4. Make sure you work to live, not live to work! Get a life! Make sure that your life and well-being comes before your work. A cast iron guarantee is that at your funeral, no-one will thank you for spending more time at work. Be balanced!
5. Studies have shown that many workaholics die early! Don't be one of them. If you are working 7 days a week or if you are working 55 – 60 hours or more each week then you are a high risk workaholic. If you work seven days and more than 60 hours then you better have a good insurance policy and have told your family about the funeral you want! The most common reason which causes workaholics to stop working is their first heart attack. Sadly only 50% wake up from it to have the chance to make a decision to change. Having made the change, without exception people say "I should have done this years ago!"
6. Remove the clutter from your life. Get rid of everything – stuff, responsibilities, even people – that do not contribute positively or enrich your life. Start by clearing your workspace.
7. Work on effectiveness first, then worry about efficiency. Effectiveness is doing the right things. Efficiency is doing things right. It doesn't matter how efficient you are if you are working on the wrong thing! Be effective first, then worry about efficiency and you'll find that it will fall into place. Remember just because you are busy, doesn't make you effective or successful.
8. Be prepared to change. The one thing that is certain is that change will only increase, not decrease. If you are going to be more productive, then remember the definition of insanity – doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different result! Take an honest look at your attitude to change and if you rate yourself lower than 5 out of 10 then work hard at – wait for it – changing your attitude about change. No-one does things the same today as they did 5 or 10 years ago. Use change to your advantage – don't fight it - you'll lose!
9. Become a list writer. Keep a list of everything you need to do and then constantly prioritise and re-prioritise it. Use technology to your advantage. If you are using Microsoft Outlook (different from Outlook Express), then learn and use the "Task" tools. Outlook will increase your effectiveness more than you can imagine – if you use it seriously!
10. Be willing to say "no". Put yourself, family and friendships/relationships as the highest priority. Make sure you re-charge your batteries regularly, not run them to empty. Say "yes" to the people who really matter, and spread yourself sensibly among everyone and everything else. In spite of what you may think – you are not indispensable!
David Julian Price is an experienced speaker, trainer, business coach and mentor. He trains, coaches and consults with people from all walks of life on how to get more out of their day and increase their productivity. David's no-nonsense approach makes him a sought after speaker, trainer and facilitator. He is an accomplished international speaker. David can be contacted at http://www.davidprice.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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