Chris Croft
Tips of the Month – Archive

Time management Tip 10



Four levels of time management

Self discipline and assertiveness

Making goals into action

Did you ‘achieve’ and ‘enjoy’ today?

Poem: My hands were busy through the day

New year’s resolutions that work

Junk calls

Looking forward 5 years

Action versus activity

My top ten

Personality Drivers

Bunch of grapes

Ideas of beating procrastination

Putting up a sign

Money won’t make you happy

Interruptions – some ideas

Interruptions - less time or later

Beating procrastination at Christmas

Planning the year ahead

Examples of efficient systems

Deciding what’s important

Laziness – the root of all problems

Why box 1 is bad

Take time to…

Welcome to the afterlife

Writing everything down


One of the most basic distinctions to make in our lives is the difference between action and activity.

Action is what achieves our goals, moves our business and personal lives forward, produces what we want out of life and actually gets the job done. It is immensely rewarding but is also very likely to be difficult and challenging.

Activity is all the things we fill our lives with in order to avoid taking action. Strangely enough activity often looks better than action to our colleagues or even to ourselves. If you are an executive or run your own business then productive, focused thinking must be one of your action priorities. Unfortunately thinking often appears to be "lazy", compared to making phone calls, dealing with email, attending meetings and generally rushing around.

You can be pretty sure you have fallen into the activity trap if:
  1. You never have time to think. (Thinking is your number one top priority ACTION)
  2. You work through lunch and don't have a definite finish time in the evening. (Lack of proper breaks reduces your working efficiency)
  3. You don't have time for exercise. (Lack of exercise reduces your working efficiency and shortens your life span)
  4. You don't have time for a personal life. (If your personal life isn't a top priority for you, what chance the rest of your priorities make any sense?)
  5. You are constantly doing things which anyone else could do. (You should be concentrating on the things only you can do)
The best weapon in your war against activity is the Stop Doing list. Be ruthless in making out a list of activities which you are no longer going to do. And keep expanding it. Most businesses (and lives) thrive best when they concentrate on a few core objectives, rather than spreading their energies over too wide a field. Time is like money. When you budget it you should be going through a process of deciding what projects to fully fund. If you are not going to fully fund a project, then it should not be done at all.

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