If it isn’t scheduled in time, it isn’t happening!

choices

Too often, I think, we approach quite a lot of what we have to do with the thought “I’ll fit that in somewhere.”

How often does that really work? More often than not, I assert, it doesn’t work at all!

We don’t get things done, and then we wonder why?

Everything we have to do takes time to be done.

Why do you suppose we ignore that when we are making our lists?

One of the most interesting processes for managing the day I read about had an exercise where you were instructed to list all the things you were going to do, and put next to each item exactly how long it would take to do the task.

Then, of course, you had to confront the reality of the day and see that, most of the time, you were trying to fit 10 hours of work into a five hour slot.

You can imagine how that goes.

I encourage you to try that out for yourself – see what happens when you actually put only 1 hour of work into that 1 hour slot.

And don’t forget to include driving from point A to point B if the task requires it!

Things might get done from your list, but the chances increase dramatically when you schedule exactly when you are going to do them!

 

 

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How much technology do you use?

technologyUse as much technology as you are comfortable with

There are some really great tools available to support you in your work. Laptops, desktops, tablets, smart phones, etc., all can combine to help you get things done faster and more efficiently than ever before.

But the technology has to work for you. It is, after all, just a tool.

You don’t have to do email on your smart phone just because that feature is available, for example. Unless it is useful to you, feel free to ignore it.

Here’s an example. I’ve been thinking it would be cool to have an iPad. I have a MacBook Pro and an iPhone, and I do love the Apple products. However, when I really looked at what I would use an iPad for, I discovered (at least for now) that it really wouldn’t add to my productivity. In fact, it would just add more stuff I had to take with me on business trips. Some of the features and functions I would want to use are not currently available, and others are just as available on my iPhone and my laptop.

So, that piece of technology isn’t making it onto my list right now.

However, I have some clients who have and use and LOVE their iPad. It makes what they do out in the field so much easier and is so much easier to carry around than their laptop!

What makes sense to you?

 

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Manage interruptions

do not disturbIn the book “No BS Time Management for Entrepreneurs”, Dan Kennedy says “If they can’t find you, they can’t interrupt you.”

On average, you will be interrupted at least once every 6-8 minutes throughout your day – by the phone, by email, by text, by instant message, by someone stopping by your office.

When you really need to focus, make yourself unfindable for a while.

Turn off the phone (put it on ‘do not disturb’ mode), turn off the email, turn off the instant messaging, close the door or leave the office for a while to give yourself some uninterrupted time to think, plan, work.

The world will keep spinning without you, and you might actually get something really important done. 

 

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