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.
You want to get more done. You need to be more productive in your job.
So, you put in extra hours. You double-down on your efforts to cross completed tasks off your list. Yet, with all this added effort, you don’t find yourself any further ahead in the big picture.
It turns out that true productivity isn’t about the amount of hours you work or the number of tasks you check off your list.
Today is Friday, is your inbox empty?
Can you claim the coveted title of “Inbox Zero?”
But, how about this… could you get your Inbox to Zero for just this work week?
What big goal have you always wanted to pursue?
You have been meaning to do it forever.
You tell yourself that you will do it next year… or when things settle down… or when you have more time.
Yet, none of that ever happens. And that goal or dream that you have always told yourself you would accomplish has been sitting on the shelf for ages.
What goal are you “late” in doing? Will you ever get to it?
I was recently in a meeting with about a dozen people.
The meeting’s end time arrived, and yet the meeting didn’t end.
In fact, it just kept going. The individual speaking kept droning on. People started getting uncomfortable in their seats and shuffling their belongings.
Have you ever been in a meeting that just wouldn’t end?
Where is your clutter?
I bet you can name a few areas quickly. The backseat of your car. Your desktop. The nightstand next to your bed.
We all have trouble spots, places where we accumulate stuff.
Today, I have a powerful tip to help keep those trouble areas clutter-free.
It always amazes me how many people don’t know how to use the one device that they carry with them everywhere they go.
I am talking about your phone.
It is the one item that you never leave home without… and if you do, you go back to get it.
Today, I want to share 7 lesser known settings and features that you should be using to maximize your productivity with your iPhone.