Ever had a day where you do all you can to slow down time – whether to get a project done, make a deadline or spend more time with loved ones?
I recently conducted a survey (which many of you participated in – thank you) and not surprisingly, the need for more time and better time management was mentioned again and again as one of the top 3 challenges in both our personal and professional lives.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news; we will never be given more time – not more than 24 hours/day. And of that 24 hours, we should be sleeping at least 7 of them, leaving us 17 hours for everything else (food, exercise, shower, TV, news, social media, family, work, friends, hobbies, etc)
I believe one of the most important time management steps is to be and stay in the moment. If you are at work, be sure you are focused on work, if you are with family; be sure you are focused on family.
As a woman, I know how often in our day we are pulled to multi-task, and I’ve even bragged about how good I am at it (or at least how good I thought I was at it). What I’ve learned though, is that multi-tasking throughout my entire day is not necessarily a good thing. There have been many studies and articles written on the benefit of staying focused for more effectiveness and efficiency.
The other incredibly important step towards more efficient time management is to take 30 minutes at the end of your day (or the beginning) to simply map out what needs to get done that day. I recommend putting these into 3 categories: absolutely must get done, should get done, and would like to get done.
I suggest not only putting the task/project down, I would also put an estimate time to complete next to it. This is a step that is often forgotten; however this added step alone can quickly tell you if you are setting yourself up for success or failure.
The bottom-line is, if you were working smarter, not harder, do you think you might be able to complete tasks/projects quicker?
And, if you position yourself to be able to cross more “to-do’s” off your list, without exhausting yourself, wouldn’t that add some fulfillment to your days?
I challenge you – apply just these 2 steps to an entire 24 hour period of your life and let me know how it worked for you by commenting below or sending me a PM.