What’s the Most Important Aspect of Time Management? Actually getting the things that NEED to be done, done!
It really doesn’t matter how well you polish the underside of the banister. But what does that actually mean?
Essentially, you should forget those tedious small tasks that only seem important; we should instead focus each day on the most important thing(s). So what separates the small, insignificant from the the most pressing matters? It’s easy! Just follow these three simple rules:
Question every task. Knowing to separate time-wasters from priorities takes practice. Successful people continuously ask, “how will this task move me closer to my goals?” If you have a deadline to file your taxes, by all means prioritize it; but if it’s running to the store for some groceries, delegate or postpone.
Focus on the minimum. On any given day you should have only 2-3 really important tasks that need completion. If your list exceeds that number, postpone some of them and delegate others. Given, there will be times when you do have several important tasks to juggle, but those days should be few and far between. Practice focusing on only the most essential daily tasks–with time it’ll be instinctual.
Plan your day. Before anything, jot down your daily priorities; it’ll help you complete them even when the emergencies pop up. Eventually you’ll notice that the important stuff does get done, you’re less stressed, and consequently, those last-minute “fires” do actually extinguish themselves.
What else do you think would help us all better manage our time? Got any cool apps that you use?? Please, do share!