Let's look at why some people are more productive than others.
3 Tips to get more out of your time:
1. Value your time.
I have found throughout the many years I have been in management that in order to be productive and efficient, you have to value your time as important. Every minute counts. If you are not making an impact right this minute, than you are wasting precious time. Time is one thing we can never get back. Evaluate how much time you spend doing things that are not important. Surfing the web or social networking sites, ie: facebook, watching Jersey Shore, playing games, etc... I am not saying you shouldn't do those types of things, but limit them and or minimize the amount of time you are wasting. I used to live in South Florida. Traffic in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale is at times simply ridiculous. You can take 45-60 minutes to drive 10 miles at times. Making use of your time while driving is a great way to add value to your day. Listening to audio books to improve skills can help you learn while you drive, and you are learning at the same time. The more you learn the more you earn. Value your time and be conscious of it every moment. What am I doing right this minute? Is it helping me move towards my goals? Is it helping me be more productive? Get more done? Ask that question several times a day and it will help you unlock your awareness of time management.
2. Be Organized.
I used to keep everything in my head. Many times, I would forget to do something and / or drop the ball on items. Then I developed the habit of writing things down. Writing down what I need to get done helps me focus my mind. Instead of thinking about what needs to get done, I can write it down and let my mind now focus on how to accomplish it.
A great way to stay organized is this.
1. Always have a list of goals you want to accomplish
2. Make a list the night before of what you want to get done for that next day. That way when you are sleeping you begin thinking and planning about how to spend your time most effectively to get everything done on your list.
3. Prioritize your list each day. Write everything down, then grade each item and A,B, or C. A's are items that must get done, B's would be nice to get done, and C's would be items that if you completed great, but could wait until later. Then label each item by importance, 1,2, and so on. Develop the discipline to complete A1 first, A2 after that, never skipping to do an easier task until your biggest most important task is completed. If your priorities are in check and caught up, you will feel better about your life and in control. You can then begin to focus on getting what you want and achieving your goals.
3. Be Mentally and Physically Fit.
Learn to recognize when you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. If you are stressed, you are not capable of maximizing your potential and be effective and efficient as you could be. Recognize what is causing you to be stressed, are you hungry? Are you tired? Have you consumed enough water for the day? A lot of times when I feel stressed it is because I do not have a solid plan for my day. I haven't made my list, or I am getting caught up in doing something that I do now want to be doing.
Regular exercise is also a great way to feel better about yourself and be more productive. After a good workout you always feel better don't you? You probably feel more productive and want to get things done don't you?
Keeping your mind clear and focused as well as keeping your physical body on good health is a great way to unlock you potential and get more done with your time. You only live once, you are either getting closer to your goals and accomplishing everything you want in life, or you are getting farther away.
Which path will you choose?
Until next time,