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Thinking Inside the Box
To me… time management is a wonderful box… kind of like
Christmas…. full of tools that we use to “burn rubber” on the pavement of
life. So I got to thinking, what’s in the box?
MICROMANAGEMENT – it is utterly amazing to me what can be accomplished in
one minute. And it is utterly amazing to me how quickly the minutes can fly
by while I have accomplished absolutely nothing. I find that the largest
threat to a productive “micro-minute” is procrastination. Make a “Do It Now”
rule and your minutes will add up in a good way.
BIG PICTURE – without a big picture, it is impossible to micromanage in an
effective way. The big picture is your target… literally your BIG PICTURE…
the thing to shoot for. Usually it will take some time to get there. Take
the time to draw it out and take the time to follow the steps to get there.
PLAN – Plan in detail the steps to follow to get where you want to go, it is
your path to your Big Picture. When in doubt, imagine yourself at the end of
it. Make changes as needed; it’s all part of the plan.
WEED – no point in doing a lot of senseless tasks that will only slow you
down or take you nowhere. First thing, get rid of all activities and
belongings that don’t fit with what you want to do. Be brutal. You can
always add more when you have room for it. The flip side of the Weeding Coin
DELEGATE – what better way to get more done? Delegating is the single most
effective way to increase your efficiency. If you aren’t doing it, think
seriously about starting today.
FOCUS – I have found that the best way to focus is to block time in my day
for everything I need to do. Larger amounts of lesser things each day on a
rotating basis work best for me. Some people like to do larger amounts in
smaller time slots. Play around until you find what ever works for you.
Balance is a key word here. Think of the term “Non Negotiable Tasks”. Do
them first to keep you on track, you will be amazed at how productive this
habit can be.
MAKE A DECISION – the ability to make quick decisions, especially about the
small things is key to effective time management. How much time do you waste
making small decisions. What’s the worst that can happen if you just do it?
STICK TO IT – Time Management is just a waste of time without it self
ORDER – In order to be efficient and clear headed, you need to have
everything flowing in one direction. What ever in your life is scattered
will slow you down.
A SYSTEM – Without a system or consistent routine most time management
programs are spinning tires to no where.
LEVERAGING – Take time to design your tasks to make things easier in the
future. A simple example is freezer cooking.
OPTIMIZE – Similar to leveraging, keep everything clear and in good working
order – your tools, appliances and especially your health.
DIRECTION – Where do you want to go? The first thing to do is decide. Try to
keep it simple but inspiring. Follow your star.
SETTING YOURSELF UP – One step today will save you one or more tomorrow.
BITS AND BITES – I’ve accomplished so much more by taking things one bite at
a time than I ever did by trying to eat the elephant in one sitting!
BALANCE – FAMILY, BIZ and YOU… They all work together to make your life
great, don’t neglect any of them.
A LIMITED OPPORTUNITY– Remember every day that your time is limited, make
the most of every single day in what is important to you.
Janice Ferrante is the Queen of KAOS. You can learn more
about how to Conquer KAOS and take CONTROL by visiting her website at
http://www.queen-of-kaos.com. Also be sure to sign up for her free ezine
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