You Cannot Set Goals Without Time
You need to control your time to reach your goals.Time Flows On Have you ever used the post it note “To Do ” list style? A little yellow note here, a little yellow note there. Then came along the multi-colored versions. “This will make me more productive!!” Was this what you thought? Only to find that the notes got lost or forgotten or piled up 6 layers deep until you just threw the whole thing away.
It seems like our to-do lists are consistently growing. As businesses try to produce more with less manpower, money, or resources, you get much more on you rpersonal list! On top of that add competing priorities and it can get confusing and overwhelming. Can you get it all done? Why is it that some people seem to get more done than others? Are they smarter? Not really. They just know the secret.
1 – Time is a constant and cannot be managed!
There will always be 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in each week, 365 days per year (366 in 1 out of 4) That does not change. You can use more constructive energy focusing on how you use those hours. HOW you use your time is what matters.
2 – Schedule your attention, then give it fully!
The good news is that you have the ability to produce an infinite amount of attention. This is a powerful gift and must be used wisely. How you manage to focus your attention (or how long you keep your attention focused) will make or break your ability to get things done.
Focus your activity!
Paying attention is consciously focusing your time on an activity that gives you a good return. Your return on investment is even more important today.
“Time is money” as the saying goes. What you choose to do with your time directly relates to how you make money and how balanced your life can be.
Set your priorities and stick to it!
“Efficiency is doing things right, but effectiveness is doing the right things.” ~Peter Drucker
When you consider your system for setting priorities, you must focus on doing the right things, rather than simply doing things right.
Are you unable to concentrate on tasks? Do you get distracted by little things? Do you ever think your day does not belong to you?
If so, it is time for you to figure out where to focus your attention. A simple start is to write a list of the four things your need to do the next day, just before going to bed. Then the next day commit to getting those thigs done first. Do nothing else until those items are complete.
3 – Implement it, Take Action!
“The biggest difference between average income and financial freedom is…Implementation.” ~Bil Glazer
Once you figure out the areas you need and should focus, then it is time to get to the real business of TAKING ACTION. All of the best thought out plans will turn into nothing if you don’t take action.
Start your Power Hour. Have a plan for implementation. One of my online mentors is Jason Fladlien and one thing I admire about him is the massive volume of work he can pump out. His secret? ATTENTION! He tells us to schedule one hour a day focus in on ONE thing. Often it is writing.
It is not watching the tube or seeing what your contacts are up to on Twitter/Facebook or other social networks. Put yourself in your working space and do that ONE thing from your list for the entire hour. Do not answer the phone, turn off e-mail an IM systems. Put your cell phone on silence.
That’s it! It sounds simple, but it takes practice. In this multi-tasking culture of ours, it is so easy to get distracted and do other things. If you are willing to make the investment, you will be amazed at how much more you can get done in a
Try it and then let me know how it goes!
If you really want some challenges to create you time plan, read “The Four Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferris. It could open your eyes to how much time you really put into your work. You may be shocked (at how little this really is.)