Feb 19, 2009

What Makes the Difference in Managing Your Time to Get Things Done?

Do you ever say "I wish I had more time" or "I don't have time for that, I'm just too busy?" Well, we know we can't get more than 24 hours in a day, but what can we do to get things done that we really want to do?

It's not about trying to squeeze more things into the day, but doing fewer things of more importance.

It starts with getting a new perspective on what's really happening. Sometimes you need to step back and evaluate what you are really spending time on. Is it all what you really want to do or need to do? The key is identifying what you really want. When you ask yourself what it is, it's important to question yourself until you get to what is a core value or big goal than just what's on your to do list.

Once you've identified those important things, then it's time to make time for the activities or new projects that lead to achieving your goals. Here are some ideas to help you get started and get things done.

Take action. Most projects start with a simple action or two. It might be a phone call or email to get more information. The key is to just start. Once you get started, the next steps will appear and that builds momentum.

Block Time. Be specific and assign time on your calendar to work on projects, otherwise time passes and they never get started or come about. You need to honor this "appointment" if the goal is important to you.

Focus for five. If you still have trouble starting that project, just grab five minutes. The key is focus. If you focus for five minutes, you can identify the key objectives and some critical next steps.

Use a timer. Using a timer is a great tool to both monitor how long a project actually takes and setting a limit of how long you will work on it.

Still can't get to it? You may need to review your goals again and consider if this is the right time to start the new activity. There may be good reasons to delay the project. An honest evaluation can help determine that.

With a new perspective on time, try these tips and see how they can help you achieve what really matters in your life and your work.

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