Bob Proctor once asked Earl Nightingale how he managed his time. Earl, apparently threw down his papers and growled “You can’t MANAGE time, you can only manage the TASKS within time!”
Advances in technology make time even more precious now than it has ever been. There is a perception that everyone is immediately available and if we are not then the fault lies with us.
There are only 24hours in the day. The recommended hours of sleep are 8, so that leaves 16hrs. The majority of people work a minimum of an 8 hour day (I can hear some of you exclaim “If only that were true!”) and therefore the question is how can we use those 8 hours as effectively as possible.
One of the best methods passed to me is to write out all of the tasks that need completing for the week ahead and then plan this whole week on the Sunday before. Consider each task and, according to its ability to help move you towards your goal, assign it to a particular day. As you do this, don’t overload yourself and factor in time during the day for unplanned events. Another method, which can be integrated into this system or to be used on its own, is to select the 6 most important things that need to be completed each day and focus on each one individually.
Munir Samji, Chairman of Blitz Communications and former MD of Saatchi & Saatchi for EMEA, recently gave me some excellent advice. He said never go to bed until the tasks from that day have been completed. If you think about it, it’s rather like waking up to a sink full of last night’s washing up! Not a good feeling…
What methods do you use? It would be really valuable if you passed on your strategies in the comments section.