20 Productivity Tips
Time Management Tip – Do It Or Get Rid Of It
1. Get Rid Of It
The most effective way to check off a task is to get rid of it. If it doesn’t need to be done, get it off your to do list.
If it doesn’t get you closer to your goals, it shouldn’t be on your list. Delegate or outsource it.
The central theme of many time management and personal productivity systems is that you need to spend more of your time doing those activities that are more crucial for reaching your goals, and less or your time doing those matters that are insignificant to the results you want.
Invest your time doing what you do best, and let other people do what they do best.
Assigning some of your tasks to other people (maybe more qualified) individuals can free up your time and energy to follow up on your highest priority goals.
For example, you may choose to hire an accountant instead of preparing your taxes yourself, thereby freeing up a couple of hours of your time and perhaps reducing stress.
Naturally, each of us has to work out the value of one’s time versus the economic cost of hiring somebody to do yard work, home repairs, and so on.
2. Do It! Set Daily Goals
You need to have a clear focus, it’s way too easy to buckle under to distractions, in a world full of bright new shiny objects to go after. Set targets for every day beforehand.
Get passionate. Decide what you’ll do; then go do it.
We often discuss our goals as if they’re nothing but dreams. Actually, we can accomplish goals on a daily basis.
Daily goals contribute to weekly goals. Weekly goals add to monthly goals. Monthly goals add to–you guessed it–yearly goals. With some prevision and planning, our goals can be something we accomplish day in and day out.
Here’s how to begin. Write out a list of goals every single day.
The sooner you develop the habit of setting daily goals, the sooner you’ll get into the habit of meeting them and reaping the benefits.
Keep your every day goal lists in one place. Utilize a spiral notebook, binder, a PDA or your computer’s calendar program. Keeping your goals in one place lets you look over the lists from days and weeks passed, which makes it simple for you to see how systematically you’re meeting your goals.
A goal like “Make $2,000 before 5 p.m.” is undefined and unrealistic, but a goal like “Network with 4 clients” is specific, controllable and achievable – and will help you work toward realizing that $2,000.
Picture your daily goals as the “building blocks” of your weekly and monthly goals.
For instance, if you want to send marketing material to 10 prospective clients by the end of the week, make it your goal to send out material to 2 prospective clients per work day.
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