Time Management

by Craig Lock

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  • Focus on one day at a time.
  • Live the moment.
  • Forget yesterday and look forward to tomorrow. If you are guilty about what happened yesterday, or are anxious about what might happen tomorrow, your energy will be dissipated.
  • Plan your work, then work your plan.
  • What good and bad habits have you developed? Reinforce the good daily patterns and break the bad.
  • Be an "early bird".

Habits start as consciously made decisions, i.e. What time to get up? Once established, good habits become second nature. Success is the result of habit. It depends not so much on doing the unusual, but on doing the commonplace unusually well.

Don't procrastinate. Do it now. Don't confuse being busy with working efficiently. Activities can be tension-relieving, not goal achieving. By concentrating on fewer, priorities regularly on a fixed schedule, you can achieve a lot more in less time.

Is time the problem or are you? Draw up a daily "to do" list. Rank priority tasks (the important few), as well as the trivial many. This allows you to focus on fewer things and achieve more. Sort into A, B & C's

  • A's are important and urgent. Must do today.
  • B's are important and not urgent. Want to do today.
  • C's are not important. Today, if possible or delegate.

Use this system to cover work, personal and family items. This allows you to strike a balance in your daily living. In addition, you can schedule the daily activities required to achieve your objectives. By giving high visibility to your major goal, you can keep your mental energies concentrated. Remember the 20/80 principle: 20% of your key activities will give you 80% of your results or payoff and 80% of your work (or clients) will produce 20% of your profits.

Don't hog all the work. Delegate what you can as this encourages a sense of responsibility and a sense of teamwork in others. It frees up your time for more important activities. Handle each piece of paper only once. Rather than shuffling paper, make a decision to deal with it now. destroy, or diarise for later action.

Use the concept of time blocks to do similar tasks at one time...rather than when they arise, otherwise trivia will swamp what is important. Look at your body rhythms for which times suit you >best. When do you work best (or when is your concentration at it's maximum)? Are you most alert in the morning, afternoon or evening?

Plan your day by your energy cycle. You can schedule the most important or mentally demanding activities when you are at your peak. "Next time you say, "I'm wasting time" change that to say, "I'm wasting myself."

Craig Lock has written extensively on the subject of personal success, as well as doing much studying in the field of self help. This extract is from his first published book Handbook to Survive Life His various books (fiction and non-fiction) are available from www.novelty-gift.com.

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