Done

If you think there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do, if it often seems as if you are chasing your tail, if you are underperforming, or stressed out, and don’t know what to do about it, this could be just what you need.

To this day I am always shocked when I discover most of the clients I coach on time management have no organisational systems in place whatsoever. My clients are usually super busy entrepreneurs, self starters, business people trying to juggle career and home life… but they have no plan! And when you have no plan, anything can happen.

In business and in life, you can’t leave things to chance. The Eisenhower Matrix is a time management tool I didn’t make up, but it is in my opinion one of the most effective and useful tools ever. Steven Covey, Owen Fitzpatrick and many other highly acclaimed personal development authors have featured it in their books. Books you may have read. But have you been using it? If you are reading this post, my guess is no.

Well, let me break it down for you!

Consider for a moment all the things you do on a daily basis. Work tasks, home chores, meals, workouts, family time, “me” time, time with friends, time surfing the net…

They all fall within one of the following categories:

 

URGENT&IMPORTANT

(crisis management tasks-have a date/time limit)

i.e.: doctor appointment – Monday @ 10am

work meeting – Tuesday @ 2pm

report delivery – Friday @ 1pm

client appointments –

NON-URGENT&IMPORTANT

(reflect your values-things that are important to you just because)

i.e.: work out

take little Jenny to play in the park

walk by the sea with mum

URGENT&NON-IMPORTANT

(things that should be done, but not immediately)

i.e.: clean the house

shopping

tidy work desk

NON-URGENT&NON-IMPORTANT

(time wasters-certain phone calls, certain conversations,tv,internet…)

i.e.: facebook

google

TV

A lot of people write lists but they don’t know how to use them to their advantage, so the things on them may or may not get done. Instead, make a list of all the things you have to get done today.

Now, sieve them through the matrix. The first time you do it, it may be a little tricky to identify the right spot, but as you do this more and more, you’ll find it easier and easier. If you want certain things done urgently, you can assign a date/time limit to them, so they become Urgent&Important. For example, if your work desk is really untidy, to the point that you waste hours every day just looking for things, then it makes sense to prioritise tidying it up so that everything else will become easier. You have to organise things in a way that you’ll be able to manage them better from now on. You don’t wait till you absolutely stink to take a shower, do you? You take a shower every day. It’s called “upkeep”.

Once you’ve sieved your tasks through the matrix consider this:

 

URGENT&IMPORTANT

YOU DO IT!

 

NON-URGENT&IMPORTANT

YOU DO IT!

 

URGENT&NON-IMPORTANT

YOU PUT IT OFF OR DELEGATE IT!

 

NON-URGENT&NON-IMPORTANT

YOU DELETE IT, GET RID OF IT!

 

Now, all you have to do is transfer your prioritised tasks for today onto a schedule that suits the way you represent time, your personality, your lifestyle… a schedule that works for you! I see too many people with A5 or A4 diaries or notebooks they rarely or never use; people who tell me they use their phones, outlook, or just their heads to keep track. Ha! I say. We process over 60,000 thoughts a day; random thoughts on all sorts of things. And you are telling me you rely on your brain to remember all the things you need to remember? Even Einstein wrote things down!

Myself and most of my clients work really well with a simple excel sheet like this where you can track your week (see Monday Example):

 

MONDAY

6.30-7

breakfast

7-8am

Emails/calls

8-10am

client

10-11am

Blog post

11am-1pm

Workout and lunch

1-3pm

client

3-4pm

client

4-6pm

dinner

6-8pm

Review tomorrow’s schedule/walk in the park

 

However, you can experiment with different types of schedules until you find one that suits you best. So what you do is you take your Urgent&Important things first, and slot them onto your schedule (use a colour pen that denotes urgency). Then, take the Non-urgent&Important things, and transfer them onto your schedule with a different colour pen. Then, transfer the Urgent&Non-important things (things that have to get done, but not necessarily today or now, or by you).

If you think that a task is going to take you an hour, when transferring it onto your schedule assign it an hour and twenty minutes or so. Always add 10-20minutes “buffer” time. Why? Because stuff happens; traffic, a phone call, a knock on the door…

By the time you’ve filled out your weekly schedule, what you are going to realise is that you have more time in your hands than you thought you had! Then, and only then, you can consider time wasters…

Make sure most of your time is spent on the top two quadrants of the matrix: I guarantee you’ll start to feel happier about your life and more in control of things

I suggest you display your schedule somewhere you can see it and refer to it all the time, and possibly make a few copies to bring with you when you leave the house/office. As you get through your day/week, I recommend you tick off things as you get them done and notice the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction it brings.

Setting up a few minutes every Saturday or Sunday to devise your plan for the week will free up tons of time and mental space that you can use to be more efficient and effective in your business and your life. As well as doing this, I suggest you keep a monthly calendar (a wall calendar with boxes you can write on is great) where you can also keep an overview of the four weeks ahead, so as well as keeping track of the small picture, you are also aware of the bigger picture. And if you really want to make some big things happen this year, then a yearly wall planner can make a huge difference too!

 

Happy planning!

Anna Aparicio is regarded as Ireland’s top female NLP/Hypnosis Life Coach. A Self-esteem and Confidence Expert, she has helped hundreds of women all around the world feel empowered, super confident, and lead happier more succesful lives. With a unique blend of Neuro-linguistic Programming, cutting edge personal development tools, and a contagious sense of humour and zest for life, Anna is renowned for getting results fast. Now you can get her free report WHY YOU’LL NEVER GET WHAT YOU WANT UNLESS YOU DO THIS at http://www.delite.ie

Related Time Management Articles

Organize Your Day In One Hour: Proven Ways To Hack Your Productivity, Manage Priorities And Get Things Done! (Time Management & Productivity Hacks)

Organize Your Day In One Hour: Proven Ways To Hack Your Productivity, Manage Priorities And Get Things Done! (Time Management & Productivity Hacks)

Organize Your Day in One Hour is the ultimate guide to increasing your productivity by making small tweaks to your current habits. Forget the self help books that ask you to get up hours earlier to add time to your day, this manageable guide focuses on small changes that make a big impact without robbing hours from your already pressed schedule. Forget losing that precious hour of sleep or that extra hour at breakfast, this book will teach you how to increase your productivity by organizing your

Price:

Success in your career has a lot to do with time management in the workplace. Wouldn’t you want to have time to finish that six-page analysis or report? Unfortunately, you don’t have all the time in the world to do what you have to do.

What then happens is that you overlap your responsibilities with your personal life. However, by employing time management in the workplace, you’ll be able to perform faster, better and just plain get ahead. Here are some time management tips to help you:

1) Don’t let email slow you down.

Of course, you need to check your email for important work-related messages. My advice is that you dedicate specific times in the day for that purpose only.

That sense of having just enough time to read a batch of messages puts you in work mode and allows you to concentrate on responding to the emails efficiently, as opposed to sporadic email checks which you probably do leisurely and without the same sense of urgency.

2) Make use of your planner.

There is a reason planners (both leather bound and electronic) were created. They help you schedule things and assign tasks on a specific time slot.

Planners help you develop better time management in the workplace by keeping you on track. Besides, it can be very fun filling in details in your planner. Having a little fun with planning makes you less vulnerable to slacking off.

3) Know your priorities.

One of the most important tips for time management in the workplace is to know which tasks should be done first. Don’t try to do everything at once.

I tried to juggle several tasks once because I assumed multi-tasking would help me complete my work faster. Sadly, that wasn’t the case at all. I ended up getting tired quickly and unable to put in as much effort into them. As a result, I had to re-do some of them because I wasn’t satisfied with the end product.

Doing things over will cost you; so unless you can settle for mediocrity, I strongly suggest prioritizing your responsibilities. And do it one thing at a time.

Time management in the workplace is an efficient skill to have. Don’t worry if you’re not the most organized employee in the world or if you’re always lagged behind deadlines. It’s not too late to change your habits for the better. You still have time to deal with time.

Want to succeed beyond your wildest dreams in record time? Then get FREE instant access to over ,355.00 worth of the most life-changing and best self-help ebooks free for a limited time at http://www.20daypersuasion.com/goldaccess.htm. Download as many as you want before you miss out!

Recent Comments

Join With Us