- Audit your time management. Carry a schedule and record all your thoughts, conversations and activities for a week. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You’ll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions.
- Time block your calendar. Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.
- Plan your Day. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day (or 30 minutes the night before). Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to plan.
- Prioritize. Remember that it’s impossible to get everything done. Also remember that odds are good that 20 percent of your thoughts, conversations and activities produce 80 percent of your results.
- Define the 3 accomplishments/results that will constitute a great day. Review and evaluate at day’s end… “Did I have a great day?”
- Learn to say “No”. Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm No. Or defer for later.
- Focus. Are you flitting from one task to another so much that you’re just not getting anything done or at least losing momentum never getting in the “zone” as you change focus? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Close off all the applications on your phone or computer you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.
- Eliminate your time vampires. What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often by making it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links for example. Another thing you can do is to schedule a couple of daily time slots as the only time you check email or phone messages.
- No multi-tasking; No distractions; No procrastinating
- Focus on Results not on staying busy.
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