Today you’re expected to do many things on-the-go using mobile devices with no real down time. The expectations are for you to have instant access to your information. And the demands are increasing to be more effective in managing and planning your priories. Your time is more precious than ever.
How are you going to keep up with this pace?
Take these three steps right now to accomplish more than seems possible:
1.) Take action.
Make a task list.
And, start with the goal in mind.
In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey implores you to begin with the end in mind. While Covey was looking at the bigger picture, there is utility in this wisdom.
Create a to-do list, but flip it. Start from the final goal of your plans. Work backwards and map out the needs and actions to get from the end to the beginning. Do this, and you’ll have a task list that achieves your plans.
What’s more? This exercise makes even the most audacious plan much more attainable.
Schedule your tasks on your calendar.
And, be able to move them—automatically—just in case.
You know that saying? “What gets measured gets done.” It’s only partially right.
What gets put on your calendar…and stays on your calendar…even if timing needs to change? THAT gets done. These days, if it’s not on the calendar, it too easily gets lost in the shuffle of what’s most important.
Make the commitment, and put it first. Make sure it’s top-of-mind by getting it on the calendar. If you must move it? Make it automatic. Don’t delete it. Move it to the next day, and then don’t move it again if at all possible.
Put the time on your calendar, and you make the time yours.
3.) Plan ahead.
Gather everything you need for each step.
And, know where it is all the time.
Sometimes, you can simply take action: Just do it, and you’re done.
Most of the time? You need something. In those cases, information…or at least access to it…holds the key.
Today, most of your information is online. What happens when you can access it when needed instantly? You get more done, faster.
- Plan ahead.
- Have everything you need.
- Keep it organized all in one place.
Do these things and you stop searching. When it’s most needed, you want to know exactly where it is.
If this this advice seems simple…well….that’s the point.
Time has become elusive for us all. With so many distractions—especially thanks to new mobile expectations—it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
Take these steps to add structure and organization, and you can get more accomplished and take control of your busy schedule.
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