Do you get frustrated when you spend ages planning something only to procrastinate in getting started? Do you write off the end of the day thinking that you will start fresh the next day? Or does the excuse of your constant distractions keep you from getting anything done?
It could be your time management..
Sometimes we underestimate how long things take to accomplish. Plus we seem to have so many distractions these days that it’s hard to keep focused on the task at hand. We can also spend our days rushing around being crazy busy without actually getting anything done.
Get the planning right.
Start your planning by being clear on what it is that needs to done in your day then make a list – try not to make it too long. Then prioritise the tasks that are most important and need to be done straight away. Then get the hardest task on that list done first.
What are the consequences?
There is no point in planning the itinerary for your holiday in six months if you have a looming deadline that could cost you your job if not done in time. And that third load of washing can wait until the important paperwork that needs reading, signing and returning is completed – or you risk incurring late fees! Asking yourself what the consequence will be if you don’t get those important things done, should hopefully motivate you to move.
The night before is a great time to plan your day. I like to make a cup of tea and sit for 5-10 minutes to jot down what needs to be done. If I have a lot of phone calls to make, I write down the numbers on my list together with any questions or decisions that need to be discussed to ensure nothing is missed. If I have a lot of emails, I like to allocate time without distractions to get them done. Late at night or early morning is my preference – I then save a draft of the emails so I can just send them during business hours.
This simple plan together with the concept of ‘Get It Done Now!’ should make your days incredibly productive. And lastly, make sure you reward yourself for getting those important tasks done.
Getting things done straight away is a habit well worth the effort.
See you next time!
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