SOME TIME SAVERS
In my Time Management seminars which have conducted for more
than 100,000 people from around the globe, I show people how to
get more done in less time, with less stress; to help them have
more time for the things they want to do in their work and
If you can recapture a wasted hour here and there and redirect
it to a more productive use, you can make great increases in
your daily productivity.
Here are five of the techniques I share in our Time Management
seminars, each one of which will help you to get at least one
more hour out of your day of additional productive time.
1. Maintain Balance. Your life consists of Seven Vital Areas:
Health, Family, Financial, Intellectual, Social, Professional,
and Spiritual. You will not spend equal amounts of time in each
area or time every day in each area. But, if in the long run,
you are spending a sufficient quantity and quality of time in
each area, then your life will be balanced. But ignore any one
of your areas, (never mind two or three!) and you will get out
of balance and potentially sabotage your success. Fail to take
time now for your health and you will have to take time for
illness later on. Ignore your family and then may leave you and
cost you a lot of time to re-establish relationships.
2. Get the Power of the Pen. A faint pen has more power than the
keenest mind. Get into the habit of writing things to do down
using one tool (a Day-Timer, pad of paper, Palm Pilot, etc.)
Your mind is best used for the big picture rather than all the
details. The details are important, but manage them with the
pen. If you want to manage it you have to measure it first.
Writing things down helps you to more easily remember all that
you need to accomplish.
3. Do Daily Planning. It is said that people do not plan to fail
but a lot of people fail to plan. Take the time each night to
take control of the most precious resource at your command, the
next twenty-four hours. Plan your work and then work your plan
each day. Write up a To Do list with all you have to's and all
of your want to's for your next day. Without a plan for the day,
you can easily get distracted, spending your time serving the
loudest voice rather than attending to the most important things
for your day that will enhance your productivity.
4. Prioritize It. Your To Do list will have crucial and not
crucial items on it. Despite the fact most people want to be
productive, when given the choice between crucial and not
crucial items, we will most often end up doing the not crucial
items. They are generally easier and quicker than crucial items.
Prioritize your To Do list each night. Put the #1 next to the
most important item on your list. Place the #2 next to the
second most important item on your list, etc. Then tackle the
items on your list in order of their importance. You may not get
everything done on your list, but you will get the most
important things done. This is working smarter, not harder, and
getting more done in less time.
5. Control Procrastination. The most effective planning in the
world does not substitute for doing what needs to be done. We
procrastinate and put off important things because we don't
sense enough pain for not doing it or enough pleasure to do it.
To get going on something you have been putting off, create in
your mind enough pain for not doing it or enough pleasure to do
it. I prefer the pleasure approach. Take a procrastinated
project and turn it into to a game. Work with one thing in front
of you at a time so other things won't distract you. ("Out of
sight, out of mind.") Break it down to little bite-sized,
manageable pieces. Get it started, take the first step and you
will likely continue it to completion.
Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, a full-time Professional Speaker, is one
of the foremost experts on Time Management and the author of
"Beat the Clock" and "Organizing Your Life". If you would like
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