“Time is golden” and for most of us, the demands of work and family mean that friends, wellness, relaxation, and basically enjoying the goodness of life get squeezed off the list altogether. Here are ten tips for taking charge of your time management so that you can experience ALL that life has to offer. Take two minutes to read this article, apply it where you can and move on.
1. Keep a time/ task log, not forever, but just for a week or so. This way you can do an audit of how you are investing your time. You’ll quickly discover how much of your effort is productive and how much time is used in unproductive thoughts, conversations and actions.
2. Translate your time log into a priority list. Without thought, the 80/20 rule holds. Approximately 20 percent of our efforts produce 80 percent of the results. This means a good amount of the other 80% may not be productive. Focus on that 20 percent of effort, and you will free up time to enjoy more of life’s goodness.
Stephen Covey says there are four types of activities: the urgent and important, the urgent but not important , the not urgent but important and the not urgent and not important. Know what is what in your life.
3. Don’t leave email sitting in your in box. Handle each email only ONCE, and make quick decisions about each one. If its an appointment, put it on your calendar and move on. If it needs to be forwarded, forward it and move on. If an email needs more thought, move it into a “more thought” folder and schedule time to revisit this folder regularly.
4. Play to your strengths– If you are most productive at night, schedule around that. If you work better standing up, buy a standing computer table. If you’re a visual thinker, get a large white board. Playing to your strengths will increase your productivity as well as your enjoyment of work, leaving you freer and more energized to play.
5. Plan each day– take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan, prioritize and prepare for an awesome day. You won’t be sorry you took the time, and your day will flow better with the planning.
6. Do the most important things first. You likely wont get everything you want done in any given day. Make sure you can look back on the day and see that what you did do, was really worthwhile.
7. Make good use of your Do Not Disturb signs, on your office door, in your email, on Skype, everywhere you can. Use this no disturbance time generously and without guilt. Everyone will respect the boundaries and hey you might even inspire others to practice great time management.
8. Social Media time- social media is super important, and also a big part of our relationships and fun. Use social media, but do it mindfully. Decide how much time you plan to spend on social media and be disciplined about it.
9. File things in one place– for example web resources. Use a service like del.icio.us to keep a file of sites you need. Its amazing how much time we waste on unnecessary web searches.
10. Slow is often faster. Nothing is usually as urgent as people want to make you think. Some problems even solve themselves in the time you would have spent stewing over a problem. So take time, reply to issues in a timely but not panicked fashion and live as much as possible with a calm mind.
Bottom line, its YOUR life, so choose how you want to use it. As Lee Iacocca said, “If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”
Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.
Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.
Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.