This is a guest post by Linda Coussement. Linda helps entrepreneurs lead, grow and improve their remarkable businesses. Download her 10 page interactive Vision Guide and get a flying start to the growth and improvement of YOUR business.
Isn’t it hard to say NO?
Sure you can take on that extra project.
And sure you can work on those little action points today if your boss or client asks.
And of course you have 10 minutes to have a quick coffee with the colleague in distress.
Saying yes to all of this makes you seem like the perfect employee, colleague or business to work with, but really you’re just tying yourself in knots. Because all this “yes” saying is costing you your precious work time. And making up for it means making more hours or working weekends.
So even though saying yes feels very positive, you’re experiencing less productivity and more stress from it. So, what can you do?
Last week at a conference, I was approached by a TMN reader who asked me, “Can you give me a quick tip to improve my time management?”
I felt like a comedian put on the spot with the cliché, “Say something funny…”
So, for those who want some “quick tips,” today I have a list of 10 Quick Time Management Tips…
Once upon a time, time management systems came in a box.
I remember when I got my first Franklin Dayplanner. It was packaged in a neat little box with everything I needed from a binder, to note paper, a calendar, and a todo list.
Today, time management systems aren’t packaged as simply. In fact, most people’s time management tools consist of a variety of items ranging from paper to apps to hybrid systems.
What’s in your time management tool set?
You keep saying you are going to start that important goal.
You keep thinking about it.
But, what are you doing about it?
Did you do anything today to move closer to your goal?
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?”
This is a guest post by Arijit Banerjea, a Productivity and Time Management coach who helps people gain two extra hours a day. Get his latest free e-book – Productivity Secrets of 7 Billionaires that You can put into Action Right Now!
It’s a really long and busy day. Meetings, emails, a looming deadline.
You are working hard. But somehow, it’s just not enough.You are feeling tired, stressed and it’s becoming harder to focus, none of which is helping your productivity. Happens to all of us, right?
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.