Look at the task that you’ve chosen to do first and decide what supplies you’ll need. If needed, break this task down into smaller tasks and number in the order you’ll do them. Write down a reward that you’re going to give yourself when you’re done. Make it a GREAT reward!
Take charge of your day and have your plans in place. If you’re a night person, plan for the next day the night before – if you’re a morning person, plan for that day in the morning. But the key word here is ‘plan’! Look at what needs to be done that day. Prioritize the top 2-3 items on your list that will give you the most benefit. Then, when the wave comes you’ll be ready. (And there’s always a next wave!)
Do you ever wonder at the end of the day, “Just exactly what did I do today?” You’re not alone. I often hear people comment, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day.” An unplanned day can allow the time to fly by without getting done what we need to accomplish. It’s important to realize that there are 24 hours in a day and that this is not going to change any time soon! There is enough time in the day when you focus on doing what’s important.
I received my beautiful timers the other day from my promotional product rep, Kathleen Dukate, and I love them! Not only is it a timer that times up and down but it’s also a digital clock. I think what really makes the timers beautiful is that they have my new logo:
Is this a perfect logo or what?! Especially for a timer. Think about it for a minute. You’re sitting in your office and you pick up a project to work on and the thoughts start: ‘ Oh, this will take too long’ or ‘I don’t feel like doing this’ or ‘I’ll just check my e-mail first’, etc. etc. Every time you stop something you are postponing your success.
What are you waiting for? The sun, moon, and stars to align? Good luck!
The next time you are tempted to procrastinate set your timer for 20 minutes and just do it. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in 20 minutes if you stay focused on one task. Most likely you’ll get it done!
Start asking yourself “What am I waiting for?”, realize that there is nothing to wait for, set the timer, do it, and your productivity is going to soar off the charts!
There’s a lot of talk about time management. A lot! I always say that we can’t ‘manage’ our time as there are 24 hours in every day and that is not going to change. My feeling is that there is plenty of time each day if we make good choices on how we spend our time. And a lot of time our choices aren’t that wise. That is why we can feel so desperate about our time.
Let’s get smarter. Before you decide to go check your e-mail ‘a minute’ ask yourself is it really that important right now? Would it be smarter to finish this project and then check e-mail/Facebook/get a snack, etc.
Our pastor said a phrase tonight in church that really stuck with me – embrace time given. What if you started embracing your time. Would you make better choices? I know I would!
I had a wonderful call with a SuccessPlus coaching client of mine today. She has worked very hard on putting together her ‘ideal week’. This means that she has really thought through what she needs to get done each week – personal and business – and has assigned times/dates for each task. Now, keep in mind we call this her ‘ideal’ week! Which means that in a perfect world things would happen exactly according to plan. And, of course, there is no perfection this side of Heaven.
But, what do you think her chances are of getting more of what she wants done with an ideal week plotted out as opposed to just winging it? Her chances are a lot better! Now her assignment is to stick to the ideal week as much as possible and keep track of how long things really take her to accomplish. Then we’ll adjust the ideal week appointments as necessary.
Do you take time each week to plan ahead? I can almost guarantee that if you don’t you’re going to end up every Friday at 5 pm wondering where the week went and why you didn’t accomplish what you wanted.
Start a new plan of putting together your ideal week and see what happens!
He who fails to plan, plans to fail. Proverbs quote
Is there anything that you can think of that you wish you had gotten done already? Is it bugging you? I’m assuming the answer is ‘yes’!
You may think when you leave your office you leave the unfinished tasks in the office but you are wrong. Everything that is uncompleted comes home with you in your mind and can weigh heavy on your shoulders. As you’re playing catch with your daughter that ‘little’ voice in your head is saying “You shouldn’t be out here. You should be back at the office finishing _____.” When you’re out on your date night with your spouse you may be thinking about the report sitting on your desk and not fully ‘be’ on your date. This does not feel good and can cause real problems.
What’s happening is procrastination and it is very common – you are not alone.
Procrastination is living life with the brakes on as you tell yourself “I don’t have time for this,” or “I don’t know how to do this so I’ll put it here for now.” You constantly stop yourself. But whenever you put ‘something here for now’ you are simply postponing and when you do that your ‘little’ voice will go into overtime reminding you of what you haven’t gotten done. It’s interesting that it rarely reminds you of all the great things you’ve done!
There are a lot of great books about procrastination but I’ve discovered as a ‘recovering procrastinator’ a simple cure if you do it!
The next time you pick up a piece of paper that is a reminder of an action you need to do and you are SO tempted to put it back on your desk for later – STOP – put it back up to your face where you can see it and ask yourself “What is the next one thing I can do?” Just one thing. Figure that out and do it. Yes, right away! When that is done ask yourself “What is the next one thing I can do?” Do that and keep going. Sound simple? Yes, but it works. You will be amazed at how quickly the task gets done (much faster than you think) and how wonderful you will feel about yourself. No more little voice!
Another tip that helps me is to set a timer for 30 minutes. You can do anything for 30 minutes! If you focus on just one task there’s a great chance that when the timer goes off the task is done or very close to being done.
Pick one thing right now that you’ve been putting off. Figure out what is one thing that you can do toward this task and do it. Then keep going by doing the next and then the next. Let me know how great you feel!