I don’t mean we waste our time by being lazy and doing nothing – if we’re honest most of us do this sometimes – but how many people, in the end of what sounded like a busy day, have sat down and wondered exactly what we have achieved?
How frequently have you heard someone say “I have been so busy now, but I do not appear to have achieved anything?”
The individuals who “achieve” are people who make the maximum use of the time–the one commodity that most of us have in equal amounts–it is just that successful folks invest their time wisely while many people waste their time. It doesn’t matter how smart, educated, wealthy or well-connected you’re, if you do not use your time effectively, you’re certain to fail.
I don’t mean that you ought to spend all of your time slaving away on your pc – far from it! – What I do mean is that you ought to use your time efficiently – both work and leisure time.
But I can hear you saying “I spend twelve hours a day working, I only have that much to do I never seem to have the ability to complete or to have the time to relax.” I’d say that if you manage your time efficiently, you would achieve more in eight hours than you’re currently doing in twelve.
First, to understand how to save time, you will need to understand (not guess) how you’re spending your time currently. If you are seriously interested in making yourself more successful, please execute the following task thoroughly – I bet the results will surprise you and shock you into action.
What I would like you to do would be to maintain a Time Log of your action for the next two weeks. Have a sheet of paper, or a journal page, split each working day to quarter of an hour slots, and at the end of every fifteen minutes, make a brief note of how you’ve spent that time.
I would recommend that you invent a simple key so you don’t waste more time writing! This could definitely be something that suits your specific work, but it may be something like: – A – moment spent studying e-mails; B – moment spent reading blog articles; C- responding to mails; D – Indialantic Bat Removal; E – making telephone calls; F – getting telephone calls; G – being disrupted by colleagues/family who just need a conversation; H – travelling; I – attending meetings – etc, I am confident that you get the picture.
At the conclusion of the 2 weeks I am positive you’ll be amazed at the time you spent actively moving your company forward and how much time was wasted, though it “appeared” like it was work!
As the days progress you will most likely start to notice things you’re doing that are unsuccessful and begin to change your habits. You might not must read all those blog posts?
Does the quantity of time spent on something correlate to the significance of that item towards attaining your main goal – developing a profitable business?
Could you change how you do some jobs that will assist you finish them faster?
I certainly found once I was starting in this company I subscribed to each blog post I could – but after a time I was getting inundated with them. What I did was create a list of all of them, and as every one came I marked its significance to me as 1 – really useful; two – some helpful advice; and 3 – of no interest at all. Once I had received three copies of a blog article, I looked at the scores I had given it and when the marks were 3 I unsubscribed immediately; when they had been a mix of 2’s and 3’s I waited to be given a additional few copies; but if neither of these scored a 1, then I unsubscribed. I’m now spending about a quarter of the time I was formerly, but still getting as much benefit. Have you got a significant number of emails, blog posts or favorite pages which you never access and do not know what they are? Be ruthless–plan to devote portion of every day studying them and deleting them or placing them into a clearly marked folder so you can see them easily later on.
As soon as you are current, read every piece of information as you get it and then act upon it, file it or delete it–do not let your computer, your desk or your own mind become clogged up with useless trivia. If you’re unsure of whether to maintain something, ask yourself what the worst thing that could happen in the event that you never had access to it? If you can’t consider anythingget rid of it!
OK, so now you’ve been able to eliminate the components that you had been wasting your time on, but how do you proceed to the next phase of actually ensuring that your time is spent productively?
Just as you need to have planned the future, you want to plan every day. At the end of every day, take five minutes to record the things you will need to do the next day. Then prioritise each product. Ask yourself – will doing so help me achieve my objective? Is this something that I can get somebody else to do (delegate)?
Once that’s out of the way, the remainder of your day will seem to go faster and smoother than if you’re worrying all day about having to get it done!
During the day learn how to say no to people. Do not let other people inflict on you and use you to use their time!