Winning The Fight Between You and The Clock!
"Slaves to the clock" was the cover story in the March issue
"You can never out work a problem, you have to out think it."
said A.G. Lafley, Proctor & Gamble's CEO."
Too much to do. Too little time. It's a universal problem.
the CEO to the newest hire.
We're bombarded with information. E-mail, faxes, voice mail,
overnight deliveries and old-fashioned snail mail. Unexpected
phone calls, impromptu meetings, and emergencies that force us to
So many projects, tasks, problems, opportunities, and people
fighting for our time and attention that it's almost impossible
to separate the important from the urgent from the unnecessary.
With so much clutter it's easy to lose track of long- and
term goals. And... the proposal that's got to be finished by 3:00
p.m. this afternoon.
It's easy to spend eight, ten, or twelve hours each day doing
things that don't have any real payoff.
And we wonder why we feel like we're stuck in quicksand. The
we struggle the deeper we sink.
"P&G's Lafley says, "I'm here by 7:00 a.m. so that gives
stretch of uninterrupted thought before the workday officially
swings into action and the phones start ringing." "
Time is the one thing that limits us. The common lamentation
'If only I had more time.' That's the wrong premise.
The problem is we're using our valuable and precious time, in
unproductive and non-rewarding ways.
Busy... yes. Productive... NO!!!
Think differently. Don't manage your time.
Do come in early so you can get some work done before
else arrives? Before the phone starts ringing? Before your
Before the day - and your schedule - falls apart because of
many fires you must put out?
Fires! Fires! Fires!
Someone didn't do what they were supposed to do, when they
supposed to do it. Now it lands on your desk.
You're forced to drop everything and put out the fire. Your
day goes up in smoke and you don't realize that somebody's guilty
To be successful in today's highly-competitive world you must
focused. You must have long and short-term goals.
When you know where you want to go, it's easy to determine
whether or not the work, tasks, and projects you're working on
will take you there.
Here are three strategies you can use to leverage your time:
1. Block out time for yourself. Close the door. Turn off the
phone. And give yourself an hour of uninterrupted time each day.
2. Work on your most important work, tasks and projects. Only
the things that have value. Eliminate everything else.
3. Use your Prime Time. There's a time of day when you do
best work. When you've the most energy and enthusiasm. Tackle
your most important work at the time of day you're at your best.
Set your goals. Leverage your time. And you'll become more
successful than you ever dreamed.
(c) 2004, Jeffrey J. Mayer, SucceedingInBusiness.com
Reprinted with permission from Jeffrey Mayer's
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