Disagree? I did too until I took a long, hard look at exactly what it was I was doing with my time. Have you ever audited your time? If not, it could change the way you look at your days entirely. Write down or track on your phone exactly what you are doing and how long it is taking you for 5-7 days. When you look back- if your days are anything like mine- you may find 20 minutes of non-work related FaceBooking you didn’t need on Wednesday or 90 minutes vegging in front of the TV Friday night.
Now, of course, a little down time here and there is okay, but if you start to see a pattern of wasted time, you can free it up for those last couple things always lingering at the bottom of your to-do list.
Making a monthly, weekly, and daily list of things you need or want to accomplish can also be very helpful. Yes, your head is probably full of things that you need to get done, but what can you accomplish this week? Or better yet, today? Take one thing on your list and go with it. Thinking of the 50 things that have to get done can be overwhelming. Take it one at a time.
Free Up Your Time
- Audit your time.
You may be surprised by where your time is really going.
- Write things down.
Not only will it keep you from forgetting them, but it will be more real when the list is staring back at you and often helps to keep people more focused.
- Take it 1 task at a time.
Giving 10 things 10% of your attention is a recipe for failure. Take one task, finish it, and move on.
- A little down time is okay.
Sometimes, a little mindless T.V. or just some quiet time to yourself can help to recharge our batteries. We can accomplish a lot in a day, but we are human. If you don’t get something done on your list, just roll it over to tomorrow.