Motivation Monday: Master Your Time
We all only get 24 hours in a day, but some people are simply able to accomplish more in those 24 hours than others. Some take the 24 hour limit to each day as a challenge that gives the focus and purpose, while others freeze, freak out, and squander their hours. If you are part of the latter group, or simply think you could be better at managing time and accomplishing more, read on.
Plan it. Setting aside 30 minutes at the beginning of the day to plan how you will spend the rest of the day is the most important way you can spend that first half hour. Without a plan for the day, you are more apt to become distracted and wonder aimlessly through the day, wasting your time.
Get more bang for your buck. Spend at least half of your time doing the activities and having the conversations that produce the most results. Take some time to identify what these activities are. They should directly map onto your goals. (Do you know what your goals are? If you haven’t figured those out, do that first.)
Schedule it. Dedicate time to any activity, conversation, or thought that is important to your success. The best way to do this is to schedule time for each of these on your calendar. In addition to scheduling meetings and appointments, schedule time with yourself where you work on high-priority actions and then have the discipline to keep these appointments.
Don’t mistake movement for achievement. You may feel busy, busy, busy but are you really accomplishing anything? Make sure that you aren’t just running figure-eights all day, wasting your time doing unnecessary tasks.
Block out distractions. This includes all forms of social media, video streaming, and sport updates. Dedicate a time for these activities at the end of the day when you have accomplished all that is important to you, but don’t let them intrude on your productive hours.
Reflect on it. Before each call you make, take 5 minutes to decide what results you want to attain making the call. Afterwards, take 5 minutes to determine whether or not you achieved that desired result. If you didn’t, what could you improve upon next time? What was missing that could be added the next time you make a call?
Exercise, eat healthy, and sleep well! Never put your health on the back burner.