The best time management skills for success

  1. Now think of the steps or tasks that must be completed in order to reach this goal. What is standing between where you are now and where you want to be? What’s in your way? As something pops into your mind, write it down. Just write it down, don’t think about how to do it, just write it down.
  2. Now repeat step number two, repicture your goal, what it looks like, how it will feel when you get it, who you will be. See it as completed as much as you can. Now again think of what needs to happen to go from where you are now, to where you want to be. Write it down. Do this until you have 7 items on your list. 7 is a good number, it’s not a magical number or anything, it’s just a good number of items for this process.
  3. Now look at your list, just look at it for half a minute. Now cross off the least important item.
    Then cross off the next least important item, do this until you have three items left.
  4. Now arrange these three items in the order of most important, what you know you should do first, second and third.
  5. Now get started. Work on number one. Just number one. If something comes up that prevents you from continuing like you have to wait for someone to respond, or you have to wait for parts to arrive then move on to item number two. Just Item number two. If something comes up that prevents you from continuing, then start working on item number 3. Go back to item one as soon as you are able. You get the idea.
  6. One thing at a time. A much as is possible do one thing at a time.
  • On the other hand, a ringing phone or email notification has urgency, but may or may not be important.
  • So we have things that are urgent and important, the insurance or mortgage payment due today.
  • We also have things that are not important, nor urgent which we will should probably just not relate to at all.

The best time management skills for success

But what is important?
That is going to depend on exactly what is going on in your business or life at any particular time. But somethings to keep in mind that may not seem important, mostly because they are not urgent are sometimes strategic elements. Things like:

  • Research and development
  • Long-term marketing goals
  • Strategic planning
  • Yes, it is true there are a number of factors to consider:
  • Prioritizing what you should do and when you should do it.
  • Scheduling when you will work on which tasks
  • Scheduling how long you will work on which tasks
  • Not getting distracted while you work on the particular task at hand

Start with a calendar

As already mentioned there are thousands for books about time management and scheduling. One of the simplest things that can be easily overlooked is just a calendar. While there are many sophisticated tools that will help you manger time, if you don’t have any system right now, just a simple calendar, paper or electronic is a good place to start.

  • Do the most important/productive thing at any given time
  • Do one thing at a time.
  • Make it a habit.

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