Chris Croft
Tips of the Month – Archive

Time management Tip 14



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

Putting things off is one of the biggest reasons that people waste their day on small stuff and end up having nothing to show for it. Putting things off also adds to your stress level.

Your conscious brain is saying "I really ought to do that job" and your subconscious is saying "no, leave it" and the subconscious usually wins.

Here are some suggestions to help your conscious brain win:


Leave the job out visible:
For example pots of paint by the front door, or open book on the dining table.
If it's there it reminds you, but is also easier to start.

Break large tasks into chunks:
Decide to start with just the first part. 

Worry about the rest once you've done the first part.
Plunge in and get started:
don't worry about getting every detail planned, just start and sort the detail out as you go along. Once started, many jobs are more enjoyable and will be quickly finished off.

Visualise the future:
* what if I don't do this job at all, or if I delay it until it gets really bad?
* what if I do it and finish it - how good will it feel to see the completed task, all done?

Reward yourself:
On completion of the task, or part of it, give yourself a small reward. 
Always pay up if you have earned it, or this method won't work a second time!
You could withhold the reward until you have done the task - e.g. no chocolate until...

Energy: Fitness and sleep will determine your ability to tackle tasks in a tough and energetic way.

Start the day with a tough one:
Rather than thinking about the unpleasant task all day, get it over with, and feel smug. Make this a habit: one tough job at the start of each day.


All you need is to find one of these that works for you.

You'll probably find that different ones work for different types of job - for example a scary job might be best with "Plunge in and get started" or "Use a nagger" while a big boring job might be best with "Break it into chunks" or "Start the day with a tough one".

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