“How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss
Start today by thinking about time itself. Time is a mysterious, fleeting thing that has a way of escaping our grasp in the blink of an eye. Ask yourself as you start today’s tasks, “Are you making the most of your time?” If you are like most of us who think we don’t have enough time to get everything we have to do done, you are more than likely wasting time in one form or another. Here are several tips to ruminate on. How you are doing in each of these areas?
Do you have a plan for success? Benjamin Franklin is believed to have said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” What is the point of having a time management plan if you don’t know where you want to go and what you want to do with that time and energy? Do you have a plan, a vision or a mission for your life and your profession?
Do you have focus and a set of priorities? If not, you need to develop what some call, and I agree, a “laser-like focus on the task at hand.” Focus is a deadly weapon that will help you accomplish more work in less time by terminating the time wasters in your life. As Mark Twain said “you can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
What is your productivity level? Productive workers can produce higher output in fewer hours, resulting in more free time for much-needed fun and relaxation. Are you one of these high performers? If not, why not? What is holding you back? What chains do you need to break away from?
Plan to cut useless activities out of your life and work. When you do, you are ready to create systems to organize your workflow to avoid wasted time, money and effort. When you think about it, there is most efficient way to live reasonably. Every morning make a plan of your day and every night examine the results. How do you approach each day?
So there you have some tips to consider for better time management. Now is the time to apply an idea or two and do something new with your time!
“Time is what we want most, but what we spend worst.” – William Penn