by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Time managementTagged as: Success
Do you typically find yourself out of time? Have your colleagues – or your significant other – complained to you about not spending time on so-called priorities? It’s amazing how quickly time flies, especially when we are invested in a task. And since time is absolutely not a renewable resource, if it’s not used wisely, it’s gone.
Time discipline is a key professional success factor. The better your discipline, the more successful you will be:
1) Watch out for last year’s priorities. Often times we plan our days based on past priorities – not current ones. Take a few minutes to look at your professional obligations and goals, then match your priorities to how your time is scheduled.
2) Watch out for the habitual activities. Are these things really necessary to do? Can you spend less time on them, with almost the same results? Are you doing them out of habit, out of a sense of personal fulfillment, or out of necessity?
3) Watch out for email, social media, and web-surfing. These are the modern day black holes of time. Every minute that is spent “checking email”, doom-scrolling on news sites, or checking Facebook is a minute away from real priorities. If you are looking for an instant improvement in productivity, check your work email only 2-3 times daily – and do work in between. Leave web-surfing for later.
Choose at least one thing to either cut out, or significantly reduce. The great advantage of cutting out the unnecessary is that it makes room for the necessary. Typically, those who achieve professional success don’t make their luck – they make time for their priorities.
Personal Insight: The same applies outside of the office. Less time wasted means more times with your family and friends.
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