Why is it that some people seem to be able to squeeze much more into their lives than others? After all there are 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week for all of us, so how come individual effectiveness varies so much?
Time management is a particular area of interest for me as improvements here can lead to major breakthroughs in professional and personal life and there are many contributing factors to achieving this. However, one key thing that appears to set apart highly effective people from others is their ability to prioritise. The fact is that just about everyone always has more to do than there is time available to do it in and it is not unusual for urgent stuff to crop up unexpectedly and add to the list! When this occurs, what happens? We constantly compromise on what gets done and how, and frequently multi-task and/or look for short cuts in order to get as much done as we can as quickly as possible.
Effective people do things a little differently. They recognise that there are always going to be lots of things to do, but they will set time aside to identify the really important ones and prioritise these so that they are not compromised. Ironically, the more time they spend on the important stuff, the less unexpected urgent stuff tends to arise and the less the need for compromise and multi-tasking.
Unfortunately, the reality is that most of us are so busy, we can’t see how to find the time to do the prioritisation, but this is the necessary circuit-breaker if we are to truly make progress here. Why not try it and let me know how it works for you?
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Ian Ash, AInstIB
Managing Director, OrgMent Business Solutions