Many of us have hired housekeepers from time to time even though we are capable of cleaning our own house. We’ve also hired painters and gardeners even though we could do the jobs ourselves. Why? We do this for the sole purpose of freeing up time and energy so we can focus on other important areas that need attention.
My last time management tip talked about creating a “Don’t Do” list – effectively whittling down the number of tasks or projects you have to complete so that you can prioritize and better focus on the highest value and most important tasks. Another tool to help you focus on what is most important is the Power of Three.
You can’t really “manage” time, which is why I’m not the biggest fan of the term “time management.” I only use it – and then only very reluctantly – because that’s the term most people are familiar with.
But in actuality, the only thing you can control is what you do with your time;
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” (Peter Drucker)
Do you pride yourself on being as efficient as possible? Can you race through “12,853 Articles, Forum Topics & Blog
Posts” each week? Is your email inbox always empty?
A “to-do” list is a powerful way to organize yourself and to reduce stress. Have you ever written one and never achieved what’s on it? Or maybe you’ve written a to-do list but kept putting off the tasks to another day because something ‘more urgent’ cropped up? If either of these sounds familiar,
Time is inelastic. Despite what some of us persist in believing,
it will NOT magically expand to accommodate all we have to do. So, in order to maximize the time we have available, we have to spend it wisely.
Here’s how to do that.
Structure Your Time
The very first thing to do is understand the structure of your time.