Do you ever feel that there aren’t enough hours in the day? Many of us do, which is why there are so many time management systems and programs on the market.
Here’s the thing. We’re all given 24 hours every day to share our gifts and talents with the world by accomplishing what we want, or need, to accomplish.
Often, when we feel we’ve run out of time for projects or pursuits, it’s because we’ve been walking around in a fog, unclear about the direction we’re heading and unsure of the next step to take. To complicate matters, we have so much company in the lack-of-time arena, we sometimes feel that there’s no way out.
When you’re completely clear about where you’re going and what you want to do, the next step magically appears. Decisions are easy to make, actions are easy to take, and a lot can be accomplished in a short period of time.
Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to eliminate the time-management nightmare.
1. Plan your work.
Take a few moments to determine where you’re going and how you plan to get there. You don’t have to know all the steps or details; just write down the basic outline as you can see it. When you write it down, rather than carrying it around in your head, you’ll find it easier to follow. You’ll also be less likely to be pulled off course by bright shiny objects that can distract you.
2. Gather your resources.
Get your tools in order so you don’t have to stop once you begin because you’re missing something important. What do you need to do this job right? Whose help would make the job go more smoothly? Whatever it is that you need – get it before you begin.
3. Set a time and work your plan.
Create a simple timeline. Start by determining how long you will work on your project. Then follow your outline step-by-step and focus only on the task at hand. Do not check email, answer the phone, or have a conversation with a friend. If you get lost or distracted, come back to your outline and see what’s next.
Before long you will have a finished your project, and you will have plenty of time to relax or do something else…like dream about what you’re going to do next….