The # 1 Time Waster
…Yes it is!”
– or so says Mick.
Is it? Is it really on my side, because sometimes it really doesn’t feel like it.
There are countless idioms about time:
- “time is money”
- “time flies”
- “in the nick of time”
- “turn back the hands of time”
- “time heals all wounds”
- “only time will tell”
- “a waste of time”
…and they’re all in one way or another true and not a damn one of them helps me focus on the huge stack of work I’ve got to tackle or makes me feel any better about the guy that I’m trying to get over.
I know you can all identify, so I wasn’t surprised when I got this email about time management, since it’s something we all grapple with.
How do you make the most out of your time?
In this week’s Q&A, I give two simple tricks to make the most out of your day.
1.) Don’t check your email first thing in the morning…
Learning how to not check my email (first thing in the morning) was one of the hardest and most useful habits I’ve ever implemented. Period. I learned this trick at one of Brendon Burchard’s seminars and it has been a HUGE help in keeping me on track, focused and producing. He said that the #1 time waster was your email; that your email was an organized systems for other people’s agendas. Hmmm, that one really sunk in deep for me.
Additionally, get the biggest thing out the way first. On Monday mornings, this blog post is the very first thing I’m focused on completing. And, man does it feel f^#*ing great when I cross it off that list.
2.) Set a defined time frame for yourself.
Figure out whatever it is that you want to finish first and set a defined number of minutes to complete the job.
Then, divide that number by 2.
Seriously, you don’t need as much time as you think to do what you need to do.
One of my very favorite people in the world, Judymay Murphy, once told me… “You’re not a procrastinator, You’re incredibly efficient.” Meaning, we always get done whatever needs to get done in the time that we have to complete the task.
When you were in school… how many times did you postpone doing a paper until the night before? And then you pulled an “all-nighter”, and by sunrise had produced an amazing (and rather awesome, I’m sure) dissertation out of thin air. (You’re a Writer & a Magician!… Who Knew?) Point is, you got it done it the time you had.
You’ll find the same happens for you. And you’ll get better and better at it. Before you know it, you won’t even need the time you gave yourself.
I’m a perfect example…
I usually give myself two hours to write a blog post. I may have the idea in hand, but it sometimes takes me a while to get into the groove… OK, so that means one hour… I started at 8. It’s 8:24… All I’ve got to do is wrap this baby up and attach the video… post to the blog and voila!
I’ll leave you with this quote that I found while writing/researching this post:
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler
If you liked this, please share it! It’s easy!
AND, more importantly, I’d love to hear about any “time management” tricks you have up your sleeve… or how the above tools have worked for you.
until next time,