I have come to understand as you may have as well that there is never enough time to do everything. However, there always seems to be enough time to focus on the most critical things. This is one of the reasons I have created the Today and Not Today i-phone app. It is the reason that we created this animation about using a planner. This concept is the reason that no matter who I coach and why they come to me for coaching, we usually end up working on some element of time management.
Time is part of life. Managing it well usually equates to success. So this month I’m going to share the concepts I apply to stay on top of all the stuff I have to do. I hope this handful of items helps you as well:
1) Learn what “enough” means to you. Just as I mentioned above, we don’t have time for everything yet we generally have time for the critical few things that need to be done each day or each week. Focus on those things first and foremost.
2) Plan. I usually take five to ten minutes each morning to plan out the strategy for my day. I don’t use elaborate plans. I simply determine what has to be completed today or else. I prioritize these few items and make time in my schedule to get them completed.
3) Know the difference between planning and scheduling. You’ll need both. Planning means you outline what needs to be done. Scheduling means you know when things are to happen and when tasks are going to get done.
4) Stick with your plan. I admit that I only plan well about four of five days out of each week and I only plan well about 40 of 52 weeks a year. However, I get the most important things done each year because I have enough discipline to stick to my plans about 80% of the time.
There you have it. I’d love to learn what your best time management practices are. Please feel free to post your thoughts here.