Have you ever said – “Boy, do I have a lot to do today. I’m SLAMMED.
Then you went on to connect to email and check it, react to events that pop up and by the end of the day say, “I just don’t have time to get everything done in just 24-hours.”
If that’s you, here’s the solution.
Before the day starts, sit down for 15-minutes with a pad of paper and your favorite pen.
Make a list of everything you have going on in your life. List it all, and don’t stop at just business tasks.
Pick the single most important thing you HAVE to do today on that list. Then estimate how long it will take you to do it. Schedule it into your time management program (Outlook, ACT! 90 Min Time Manager Online Planner, other program).
Then pick the second most important thing you have to do today. Estimate how long it will take you to do it. Schedule it into your time management program (Outlook, ACT! 90 Min Time Manager Online Planner, other program).
Move on to the third most important thing and repeat the process listed above.
Pretty soon you’re going to realize that you can only get 2, 3, 4 or 5 things done in a day, depending on the complexity of each project.
Don’t forget lunch. Even if you eat at your desk, you still need 15 to 30-minutes to get your food and bring it back. Schedule it in.
This exercise will also show you whether or not you have time to do non-essential tasks during the day.
If you do, by all means complete them. But do it ONLY after you have accomplished the most important things you have to do every day.
Remember too, if you are in small business, the most important thing you have to do each day is generate revenue.
Have your systems and processes developed and in place so that you can wiz through business building activities efficiently.