You have your big audacious plan (http://bit.ly/URz1Ex). You have one goal that you want to change within the next 12 months for each area of your life. You have identified your emotionalWHY you have to do what you do. You know the actions that you are going to take to create the habitual behaviours which will reap the results. Now you need to manage your time effectively.
To create a new habitual behaviour you need a structure which gives you the space to consistently practice. Without a proper time management structure your actions will be lost in procrastination and distraction strategies. Your time management plan is the structure to help you to develop your daily habitual behaviours which will enable you to achieve the result of your actions.
What you want is to achieve a new goal, ‘if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got’. ‘Do not try to radically change your life the Mayo clinic advises to choose one of the strategies listed below for two to four weeks and if it helps consider adding another one. If not, try a different strategy’. http://mayocl.in/WcF9sL
· Plan each day.
· Prioritize your tasks.
· Say no to nonessential tasks.
· Take the time you need to do a quality job.
· Break large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks.
· Practice the 10-minute rule (work on a dreaded task for 10 minutes).
· Evaluate how you’re spending your time.
· Limit distractions.
· Get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
· Take a break when needed.
You have to find your own path and what works for you. You may be a night owl and so more effective in the evening, use this time to do your most difficult actions. Managing your time effectively will help you get more done each day and will well make you feel happier that you are moving towards your goals. By managing your time, you will reduce your stress and improve your quality of life and relationships.
How I manage my time?
1. Each day has a focus: Monday is writing & planning; Tuesday is filming and Friday is follow-up & review.
2. Each day has a structure start with mediation, emails, exercise, difficult task first ending with reading and chill.
3. Each hour has a 5 minute break to make a drink and move and stop for food (step away from the computer).
4. Get out at least 3 times a week to meet and connect with real people.
5. Switch off or silence phone, email and social media only review at specific planned times of the day (8am, 2pm, 7pm).
6. Each month has a focused target such as start a mastermind group in February and research phase 1 of the business idea in March.
7. Do something completely different (or nothing) at the weekend or at least one day a week possibly with friends or family or myself.
8. Mantra: If I am not feeling it I am not doing it. Stay in FLOW (be happy – have fun)
What strategies do you use to manage your time?
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Janice B Gordon: The Problem Solver Business Growth Consultant, Mentor, Speaker and Author. Business Evolution – Creating Growth in a Rapidly Changing World will give you the guidance you need to evolve you and your business and exceed your customers wants and needs.