You arrive late to work. (Just a few minutes…)
You then get your coffee. And then socialize with others about their weekend.
You check the news. And then surf your inbox for 45 minutes.
Soon, it’s lunch time.
Wait… you just got here.
You might need to ask, “How many hours are you actually working in your day?”
When is the right time?
There may be a better time.
But, there is no such thing as a wrong time.
There is just time.
You say you are overloaded.
You say you have too much to do.
Yet, you aren’t even keeping a todo list.
So, how do you really know what you need to accomplish?
Do you check your phone all day long?
The average person turns on their phone 110 times a day! (Some extreme users do it closer to 1000!)
But, you don’t need to check your phone everywhere and anytime.
If you do, your phone is ruling your life.
Do you know what your most important tasks are, right now?
Perhaps they are lost in your todo list which is a mile long.
Or maybe you haven’t written them down, even though they are weighing on your mind.
What are your top tasks today and what will it take to actually get them done?
So busy. So hurried.
You have so much work to do that you feel like you never rest.
When do you fit your life in?
Do you even remember your personal life? Or has it become a blur of commuting, work, and errands.
You need to make time for you.
Do your emails go unanswered?
Do you write lengthy explanations about what you need, only to be ignored?
If you want better response rates to your emails, you need to get to the point.
A great technique to ensure that your emails are acted upon is to write them backwards.
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.