Let's face it — time is probably our greatest resource. We never seem to have enough of it and it seems to pass so quickly. Well, 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 will need, such as phone numbers and relevant paperwork.
2. Prioritise the list
Number each item and do the nasty jobs first. There is always the temptation to do the easy jobs first. However, think how the thought of doing the nasty jobs hangs over you as you do the easy stuff. Think how good you will feel when the nasties are out of the way and how motivated you will feel.
3. Stick to your list
Tick off each item as you get it done and do not let yourself be distracted. The temptation is to handle the telephone and e-mails as they come in.
The phone is hard to ignore but you could always pull out the plug and let it go to voice mail and switch off your e-mail. Make an agreement with yourself to check for messages every two hours or so.
4. Remember the three “D’s”
These are: 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 dump it in the trash. And remember, only do it if only you can do it.
5. Don’t procrastinate
Procrastination really is the “thief of time”. It is so easy to put things off till another time or till you have had time to think about it. Don’t wait — do it now.
6. Plan your leisure time
Take up activities that need you to be at a certain place at a certain time. Instead of just going to the gym, book a fitness class or an appointment with a personal trainer.
7. Be honest with yourself
Keep asking: “Is what I’m doing now getting me to where I want to get to?” If the answer is “no”, change what you are doing.
This is the easiest way to get more out of your day and more out of your life.