Quote of the Month
“We can no more afford to spend major time on minor things than we can to spend minor time on major things.” Jim RohnHow many of us get side tracked on a less-than-important-task? It happens – to ALL of us. The trick is to limit the frequency that this happens, especially if the major things are not getting done. There’s something called the Pomodoro method that can help you monitor the amount of time you spend during your day. There’s even an app! The bottom line is to plan how much time a certain task will take (be honest with yourself above all else) and then allocate the time and limit distractions. Limiting distractions (another name for ‘minor things’ is another tough habit to embrace). Practice makes perfect so start practicing today!
Clutter Enemy #3 – INDECISION
1. Have ONE place where you put ‘things to decide’ and then deal with them DAILY – or at least WEEKLY by scheduling time to go handle each item.
2. Put the date on your calendar, email/text/call potentially-involved people right away and if there is no response within a day or two, take it as a no and move on.
3. If you can’t say YES or NO immediately, then take it as a no and forget about it.
This can sound risky, but how many times have the undecided lingering things been ignored so long that they’re obsolete?
I hope I’m not causing heart failure with this ‘do it now’ kind of approach, but getting things done is all about getting things done as they surface. (Of course this doesn’t apply to EVERYTHING….). But along with the quote of the month above, knowing and planning the time you need to handle the important and not important things of life is a skill that must be taught and practiced until it’s learned. If you missed the class on managing your time well, consider setting up a session with me to improve the way your time is handled. It would be my honor!
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