Time Management - Executing the Plan

Aug 21, 2012

First, understand that your plan should have both scope and boundaries.  It is absolutely crucial to learn to say “no”.  While there are certain tasks in everyone’s life that can’t be ignored, there are probably far more that can, in fact, be gently declined.  Learn what they are, and learn to say “no”!

Second, your plan must include time for yourself.  When you are faced with what seems to be an insurmountable list of things to do, take a look at the low-hanging fruit.  What significant item can be done fairly quickly, and yield a good bit of satisfaction in its accomplishment?  Pick a few of these, cross them off your list, then schedule a “reward” for yourself in the form of time spent doing something you want to do!

Most tasks are pass/fail – you either get it done or you don’t.  It’s important to understand that 90% of the time, “good” is good enough.  Unless a task absolutely requires perfection, set yourself a time limit.  When the time expires, you’re done!

Finally, evaluate how you’re doing with your new plan.  By the way, don’t take your own word for it.  Find someone with whom you can share your plan, and ask the person to hold you accountable to following the plan!  Shift activities where it seems appropriate, and work toward your objectives. 

Join us next week a for some practical advice on prioritizing your activities.