Time is one of our greatest resources. We never seem to have enough of it and it seems to pass so quickly. We won’t get any more of it and we can’t slow it down.
What we can do is make the most of the time we have. Here are some simple steps you can take to get the most out of your day.
1. Plan Your Day the Night Before
At the end of each day, write out all the things you need to do the following day to achieve your goals. Pull together all the information you’ll need, phone numbers and relevant paperwork.
2. Prioritize Your To-Do-List
Number each item and complete the hardest ones first. There will always be the temptation to complete the easiest items first. However, imagine how good you’ll feel when the toughest items are out of the way and how motivated you’ll feel.
3. Stick to Your To-Do-List
Check off each item as you go and avoid distractions. You don’t need to answer every email/text as they come in. Set a schedule to check your email/notifications once every hour, or whatever works best for you.
4. Remember the Three “D’s” – Do it, Delegate it or Dump it.
Handle each piece of paper only once. Either do something about it now, delegate it to someone else or throw it in the trash. And remember – “Only do it if only you can do it.”
5. Don’t Procrastinate
Procrastination is the biggest “time thief”. It’s so easy to put things off until another time or until “I’ve had time to think about it.” DO IT NOW!
6. Plan your leisure time
Schedule time for you to relax, workout, go shopping or whatever it is that you enjoy.
7. Be honest with yourself
Keep asking: “Is what I’m doing now getting me to where I want be?” if the answer is “no,” change what you’re doing.