The ‘give it a go bit’
Creating more time for yourself can only be a good thing so below are my top three tips for helping you succeed. Feel free to try them out and adapt them in any way so that they work for you. If you have discovered other things that work well, let me know!
Tip 1 – Just do one thing at once
Keep it simple. You can try too hard to multi task and end up achieving very little, so concentrate on doing one thing at once. If something else crops up, make a note of it and come back to it when you’ve finished. And do finish one thing before you start another – it gives a greater sense of satisfaction!
Tip 2 – Guess
For the jobs you want to get done, estimate how long you think they will take. If the job is too big to estimate, break it down into smaller pieces. People put off doing things because they are daunted by the size, complexity and length of time they think something will take. Smaller tasks always seem more achievable and we can all do 5 minutes on anything!
Tip 3 – Book it in
All too often we try to cram too much into the time available which almost guarantees we don’t complete anything. Now that you have an idea of the time the task will take, book it into your day. However, only allow yourself as much time as you planned. If you said you’d do 5 minutes on your in-tray – only do 5 minutes. There’s something about knowing that there is an end in sight that spurs people on to actually do it. If at the end of your estimated time you need to do additional work, plan that it in too!
As the saying goes ‘Good things happen when planned. Bad things happen on their own’.
Do let me know how you get on.
Until next time
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Your monthly thought to contemplate…
Avoiding the phrase “I don’t have time...”, will soon help you to realize that you do have the time needed for just about anything you choose to accomplish.
Bo Bennett, "Year to Success"
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