Everybody is complaining about time, the lack of it and the lack of it!
It is the number one complaint of all my clients! In fact I also STRUGGLE to fit all my commitments into the 24 hours.
But, recently I decided to stop complaining about time and just get on with the things that need doing. I realised that, not only do we waste valuable time complaining about time, but we also lose energy and focus everything we blame our inability to keep our commitments on time. It is a common challenge that everyone faces, so lets stop complaining about it and just get on with it. The sun will rise and set whether we choose to get out of bed or not.
I use a two step approach to managing my day to day commitments and I hope it helps you as much as it has me:
Step 1, Plan – I have realised that every time I live by a plan, I am more focused and complete more that 90% of the itemised activities. Spend some time at the start or end of each day to plan what needs doing for the next 24 to 48 hours. List everything! If you care about something enough to spend time on it then you need to build it into your schedule. From going to the gym to replying to emails. It really helps, because it frees up your mind from the fear of missing something important. It also reduces your anxiety and stress levels significantly. Every personal development “guru” preaches planning but it is still something that most people just don’t do.
Step 2. Prioritise – Not everything on your to do list is life changing or life enhancing. Prioritisation i.e. “Putting first things first” is the 3rd habit in the world renowned Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Prioritise your business tasks based on the contribution they make towards your long term business and life goals. This is difficult to do because of the many distractions we have around us but we must live our lives by our core principles and priorities if we are to achieve our full potential.
Be ruthless with your time because time is ruthless, it waits for no man!
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