Yesterday, I left for the airport 30 minutes late.
That one statement probably stresses many people out.
Thoughts of fighting traffic, hunting for a parking spot, scrambling through security, and sprinting to the gate. Nervous?
Yet, that is not what happened. In fact, it was a leisurely walk to the departure gate.
If you want to hurry less, you need to allow more time.
It happens to all of us.
You’re hard at work doing an important task. Then, several minutes later you “wake up” to find yourself doing some meaningless item that popped up.
Your important work has been pushed to the side and you’re not sure when you will get back to it. In fact, thirteen emails and seventeen web searches later, you have forgotten all about your original task.
What do you do when you find yourself off task?
Is your calendar clear? Is your todo list blank? Is your address book empty?
Your time management tools can’t help you if they are blank.
When you go looking for information in your Day Planner, iPhone, and Moleskine… are they empty?
Today is tax day in the U.S.
I am always amazed at how many people wait until the last possible minute to file. It is estimated that 30% of Americans file their taxes in the last two weeks before the deadline.
That is some serious procrastination, which leads to much unneeded stress and life friction.
Did you wait until the last second? Or are you among those already relaxing while others scramble to complete their tax returns?
When things get busy, we all have tasks we put off.
Sometimes items end up on the back burner out of necessity.
If you are putting off the right things, it can be a good move to reduce your workload. Other times, you are simply setting yourself up for trouble later.
So, what tasks are currently on your back burner?
Sometimes your productivity needs a boost.
Like those days when you can’t seem to make any progress on your list.
Or when, no matter what you do, you can’t get your energy level up.
How do you get going when you just don’t feel like, well, going?
This is a guest post by Leigh Fletcher. Leigh is a millennial sales executive, blogger and entrepreneur, with a passion for sales improvement strategies. He writes practical articles with a focus on leveraging personal experience to help others learn new skills in selling or simply refine existing skills on his website.
This month was a big month for me. I executed some of the most crucial time management techniques I have ever known.
Who taught them to me?
I’ll do it someday.
A common refrain from those who procrastinate.
But, someday never comes. And at some point, all those things you said you will do never get done.
After all, when is someday?
The other day someone told me that they had a big idea.
Seeking advice and feedback from others, he was told his idea was foolish. He was told he couldn’t possibly do it. And that he would never be successful at it.
After hearing the criticism, this individual decided not to pursue the idea.
The “can’t do it” crowd was happy. They had convinced another person not to do something.
Beware listening to these naysayers, their sole objective is to convince others they can’t do things.
The other day, a co-worker lamented, “It feels like I am trying to do a dozen jobs at once.”
It turns out they weren’t too far off.
Between work, home, community, kids, and more, they were trying to fill almost a dozen different roles. Each one a different “hat” they had to wear during their week.
That’s a lot of responsibility for one person to juggle and keep in order.
So, how many hats are you trying to wear at once?