Chris Croft
Tips of the Month – Archive

Time management Tip 11



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

My top ten!.
  1. Write down your long-term goals. Use the SMART formula; make them Specific, Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic and Time-bound. You could also add Exciting, Challenging, Visual, Detailed and Worded in the positive.
  2. Every day, divide your tasks into A, B and C priorities. Always start with a high priority "A" task, even if you can only accomplish a small part of it
  3. Block off time for activities that are important. Make an appointment with yourself, and don't let anyone schedule anything for the time you've put aside.
  4. Stop spending time on trivia. You don't need a new voice mail message every day. Don't spend hours preparing a high tech presentation when a good conversation will suffice. Overcome your Be Perfect driver if you've got one. And stop fussing over routine administrative tasks. Delegate or automate them.
  5. Have the courage to say no. Don't try to please others all the time. Create personal policies that make it easy to say no and stick to your plan. After all, whose life is it?.
  6. Always start meetings on time. Don't punish those who show up on time and reward those who are late. Do something however minor, but get started. (Might make this the subject of a full tip of its own some time).
  7. Slow down. Productivity isn't about going fast. It's about doing the right things. Stop rushing around, driving too fast (!) and getting upset at things you can't control. A couple of minutes gained aren't worth the added stress.
  8. Avoid procrastination by completing unpleasant tasks first. The tough stuff usually turns out to be not so bad. Break complex tasks into easy pieces and give yourself a reward for getting something done.
  9. Simplify your life. Don't let it get swamped my more and more complicated purchases (except an Archos 20 MP3 player - that's a must!), complicated people, complicated projects.
  10. Create time for balance in your life. Set aside time for family, fitness, social, educational and spiritual needs. Plan for balance the way you plan for work.
Easy to say. Important to do.

What's the ONE of the above that you are going to work on today?.

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