Archive for January 25th, 2012

We are all desperate to maximize our efficiency!  To be efficient, you must really use your to-do lists as an engine that drives your productivity!

To make your list system work for you, follow these 8 guidelines:

1. Make and /or review your daily list each night before.

2. Have several lists ideally, a daily, weekly, monthly, 1 year, 5 year.  Have your daily list on one page and update it throughout the day.  Redo it each night on a clean sheet for tomorrow, and discard the old one at end of day.

3. Use columns.  Make a second page with four wide columns across the top: 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, 5 year, so you are always thinking about your goals and directing all your efforts to achieve them.  This is THE WAY to make money.  Lots of it, too!

4. Prioritize your lists.  Make your daily list chronological by hour, 7am to 7pm, top to bottom.  Give each task an END TIME too!

5. Follow your list, but don’t become tied to it.  Be flexible.

6. List tasks, but list Projects too.  Projects are your most important topics.  Give End Dates to Projects.

7.  Focus on results, not actions.

8.  Learn from your list.  Create it, add to it, review it, delete from it, all as you go.  Make it serve you!

 

 

SECRETS of TIME MANAGEMENT…Always A HOT TOPIC!

 

JESUS IS COMING: LOOK BUSY!

This old joke says a lot about time management.  There is a big difference between being busy and looking busy!

When we think about it, we know that we could be using our time better.  Unless we are monster work-a-holics that crank out work 24/7, we know we could focus better, handle interruptions better, and be much more productive.  So how?

Here’s how: Answer these three questions:

ONE: WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF MY TIME RIGHT NOW?

Answer that and go with your answer!  you could be mowing the lawn or washing your car (8 dollar an hour jobs), or you could be planning your next info product, which pays hundreds of dollars.  Be specific, and write down your daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and 5 year goals and go for it.

TWO: WHAT IS THE PAYOFF OF THIS ACTIVITY?

Do only the activities that contribute to the accomplishment of your goals!  You have a goal staring you in the face.  You do if you have written your goals and they are taped to the wall.  Posting on Facebook is not one of them.

THREE: WHAT CELL AM I IN?

This refers to a chart developed by Dr. Merrill Douglas:

IMPORTANT

U                            YES                                   NO

R       YES           1 CRISIS                       3 TRIVIAL

G

E         NO            2 NOT HAPPENING  4 WASTE

N

T

Important needs to be done.  Urgent might not be so important.  If you constantly pay attention and attend to the urgent and neglect the important, you have your priorities misplaced.  If something is important but not urgent, cell 2, it is often ignored by many people.  But they should really focus there to be more productive. (more tomorrow.)