"I don't have enough time," is something that we all say a lot. The reality is that we all have a finite amount of time. 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week and 744 hours in a 31 day month. So what really matters is how we use our time. So what can you do to better manage your time?
Avoid wasting it
This might seem like a really obvious statement to make but do you know how much of your potentially productive time that you lose? You know the stuff that is fun to do but does not contribute to your results. Start actively tracking this and you might be surprised how big this number is.
You may be familiar with the Pareto Principle. In simple terms it states that 20 percent of the things that you do contributes about 80 percent of the results you achieve. It is therefore important that in your role, you know what 20 percent of your activities contribute to 80 percent of your results.
Focus on the 20 percent
If 20 percent of your activities contribute 80 percent towards the results you achieve, focus your time and energies on the 20 percent. The benefit of this is that you will be regarded as a high level performer without being overloaded and stressed out.
Have you ever noticed that when you are working to a deadline you seem to get things done and don't waste time? There will be times when the deadlines are set externally by someone else. When this is not the case, set your own deadlines. You can even try to make it fun by making it into a competition to do something quicker than previously.
Restrict your meetings
If you work for an organisation that has a lot of meetings, carefully choose which to attend and which to delegate or miss. It is all too easy to go to lots of meetings that deliver little. Ask yourself what would happen if I dropped this meeting?
Bottom Line -- The amount of time that you have is finite. It is how you manage it that makes the difference. What action will you take to better manage your time?
Duncan Brodie may be contacted at http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements Ltd (G&A) works with individuals, teams and organisations to develop their management and leadership capability. Sign up for his free e-course and monthly newsletter at http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk