Do you feel like there’s not enough time in your day? Are you struggling to get things done? Do you feel like you are busier than everyone else? A lot is common sense, but you may learn a few new things along the way. Q&A at the end hold your awesomeness to yourself.
Quote. If you think about it, your time is your responsibility.
it’s yours, what you make of it.
But but but….what about ???
How do I overcome? Same way do everything. 1 step at a time.
First: Evaluate how you currently spend your time. Time map
Think of important things. Family, work, recreation and sleep. Track how much time you spend in each of those areas. map out time, find places to steal
Schedule. know what’s on your plate. list your current projects/assignments, as well as an action task list, made up not of projects but of concrete action steps you need to complete in the next week or so. Once you see this list of all your commitments, you can decide whether the request can fit into your schedule, and if it’s of high enough priority to place on your list of commitments. Only add things that are essential.
Set Limits. Learn to say no. Be polite, but firm. Don’t send the wrong message. Show you respect your time and theirs. Don’t apologize, rather say something like “that sounds like a great project but at the moment my plate is really full”. Learning to say no will help your quality of work and life.
Weigh networking possibilities. Do most beneficial. Say no.Balance networking
Real life organizing. But dani! I know coke can from 2006, but I know where everything is!
Second: IRL – work environment.Studies show that a clean workspace leads to more productivity. You can keep your star wars figurines handy, just try and tidy up a bit.
Now that we’ve evaluated and planned, lets really get started.
We procrastinate sometimes because of fear. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of finishing. Sometime ppl prefer to not know than knowing the consequences if they do. Get over it. Identify the fear. Give it a name and confront it. Imagine the consequences of your actions or non-actions as objectively as you can.
Prioritize. Important VS urgent.Do most pressing first Break into small chunks. When a task arises do one of 5 things:
DO ITUnder two min?You can DO it by taking action now yourself.
Bigger than 2 min? Break into small chunks and DEFER (or schedule) it to do later.But set a reminder to get it done.
You can DELEGATE it to someone else who is better qualified or has the bandwidth.
You can DELETE it and forget about it.
You can FILE it for later reference.
Help you get it done. Not too many, you’ll get too confused and wind up spending more time.
Meetings. Unproductive? Leave.
Boring? Unproductive? Leave! Set a time/agenda and stick to it. If at a meeting w agenda, and it’s off course, don’t be shy about saying something. Do I need to clear more time out of my schedule?
Phones: Turn off notifications. Power off at 10pm.I sent our a survey before my pres to ask what your biggest detractors were, and the next was pretty rampant. Email
But you know what? Email likes it rough. With some of you getting 100’s or more a day. you gotta be ruthless. The delete key is your friend. Follow your gutYou open it, take action. Mailing list are a wasteSet times to read email /don’t read at night weekends vacation. Only read when you can take action.Set proper expectations. Let others know that email may or may not be read quickly, if they need you they should call text etc.