Today, I have a simple time management tip that most people don’t do.
In fact, it may seem downright elementary.
Let your calendar and todo list be best friends.
Put your todos on your calendar and make sure you schedule time for your most important tasks.
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I was talking with a colleague the other day. He was marveling that a mutual friend had published his first book. (Which turned out to be a bestseller in its genre!)
He was happy for our friend and said that he would love to publish a book himself someday, but finished with, “I could never do that…”
To his shock, I told him he was right… he couldn’t do that.
He got a little indignant and shot back, “Why not?”
I said, “Because you just told me so.”
Recently, I caught myself wasting time dealing with a negative person.
I’m not talking about a web troll or the like. It was actually a business associate who was caught making negative comments behind others’ backs.
After being bothered about it for quite some time, I decided not to let the issue waste any more of the team’s time. As well, this individual would not be given the chance to disparage others again.
Do you have to deal with a negative person that takes up too much of your day?
You don’t have time for negative people in your life.
Do you jump every time your phone rings?
Do you drop what you are doing whenever a new email “dings” in your inbox?
Does your technology beep, chirp, vibrate, and interrupt you at all times of the day and night?
It’s time to take back control of your technology.
After all, who’s in charge… you or your smartphone?
Our phones have become the center of our lives in many respects.
And we can do things from the palm of our hand, with the tap of a button, that were never possible before.
How does your phone make your life easier?
Today, I have 5 apps to help your life be a little less busy.
How much time will you spend in your email inbox today?
Answer: Probably too much.
If you spend all of your day “doing” email, when are you going to have time to get to your most important tasks?
So, get out of your inbox and start getting your work done.
This is a guest post by Nicole Bandes. Nicole is a best-selling author, podcaster and time management coach who focuses on helping entrepreneurs have more time for their “Why.” Click here to get your free copy of Nicole’s eBook,”Flying Lessons: Super Busy Bonkers to Super Woman in 3 Weeks or Less!
What is an FTA Task?
FTA = From Thin Air.
FTA’s are those “must do” items that come up right when you are about to jump into that major task or project you have been putting off for weeks. Somehow, you suddenly have something else that has to be done. Where’d this extra thing come from? Thin Air! Way up in the oxygen free zone where things get much harder to accomplish because we just can’t breathe.
Five years ago today, I posted my first blog post.
Five years later, I have established Time Management Ninja as a known entity in the time management domain. It amazes me when people approach me and tell me they have read one of my articles.
It also startles me to think I have been doing this for five years.
It doesn’t feel that long. In fact, I still enjoy it as much as when I started. Yet, I could never even imagine that I would bring TMN this far. Five years has been a long road in building something I truly enjoy.
How long have you been working on your dream? Have you started it?
And more importantly, what could you accomplish in five years?
Do you know what tasks you need to complete today? And where you need to go?
It’s good to have a plan. Yet, being aware of what you need to do is only part of the picture.
If you aren’t prepared, you are creating unneeded life friction and stress. Being ready for your day makes everything go easier.
The key to making your day productive is preparing in advance.
We all want to be more productive in our day.
Sometimes it seems to be an elusive quality. Especially, when your day is filled with meetings, interruptions, and last-minute urgencies.
But, you can find more productivity in your day.
It’s out there. You may just need to look… harder.