The objective of time management is to work out what's important, and then spend as much time as you can on it. The unimportant things need to be squeezed / delegated / not done in order that the important things can get the time that they deserve.
Most of time management theory is about how to squeeze the unimportant things down (negotiating, having efficient systems, doing things less well maybe, etc) but all this comes to nothing if you haven't clearly worked out what's important and what isn't. Which is what this tip is about!
Nearly everything has to be done - but that doesn't make it important. Life is full of trivial things that have to be done. I would like to suggest three tests for importance:
Try the above on...Cooking dinner.
Listening to music.
Reading a bedtime story to your children. Cleaning your car.
Shopping for a luxury that you like (in my case second hand CDs).
Visiting your parents.
Your next holiday.
Do the three questions work? I hope so.
If they do, you can now try them on the things you've got lined up for today, both at work and at home.
Hoping this helps,
Onwards and upwards.Chris Croft..
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