Archive for November, 2011

How to Make Time For You!

Posted in Leadership, Management, Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on November 27, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

I’m often asked, “How can I make time for me?”

My answer is simple.

Let’s do some math. There are 365 days in the current year.

Subtract the holidays and weekends and you end up with 250 work days.

Suppose you gain an hour of increased productivity a day perhaps by not wasting so much time on social media, as an example, and be aware that you gain 250 hours in the year (1 hour a day x 250 hours = 250).

Divide the 250 hour year total by 8, the number of hours people work in a normal work day, and you’ll see that you end up gaining 30 work days in the year (250 / 8 = 31.25).

Notice that 30 days equals a full month. Thus, by reclaiming only 1 hour a day in each business day for one year, you actually gain a month of productive time. That’s how to make time for you!

The good news is that by improving productivity by just one hour a day in every business day for the year you actually gain a month. Wow, that’s the month you’ve always been wishing you had!

Think at all the positive things you can accomplish in a month. Good for you.

The bad news is that if you don’t reclaim an hour a day of increased productivity, you lose a month. Not so good.

And most people lose a lot more than one hour a day.

Now realize this: You gain a month.They lose a month. Amazing.

Think of all the business opportunities and successes those other people miss out on because they don’t take this Self-Management information as seriously as you do.

Here’s a simple way to get more done in your days.

Posted in Balance, Leadership, Organize, Self-management, Teamwork, Time management, Time management/Self-management on November 9, 2011 by Chuc Barnes

Make a “Stop Do” list! Notice I said “Stop Do” list, not a To Do List!

Yes, If you really want to get more done in your days, create a list that includes all of the activities you need to Stop doing for better use of your time.

WARNING: You’ll quickly find that you resist making a Stop Do list. And if you find that you resist, please know that you are normal. No one else wants to face the truth about their situation either. It’s easy to keep things the same.

If you DO craft a Stop Do list, you’ll find that it doesn’t take long, And when you finish, you’ll find that the small time investment pays off because you’ll be able to see where you have specific opportunities for making improvements in the way you use time.

Here’s starter list of possible Stop Do items for you:

Phone call interruptions
Email interruptions
Drop in visitors
Ineffective delegation
Personal disorganization

As I said, these items are simply idea starters for you.

Once you create your Stop Do list, look it over and you’ll see that it reveals patterns of behavior that have NOT been working for you. Those patterns won’t be easy to change, so examine them carefully and begin thinking of options for better use of your time (such as prioritizing and scheduling true priorities).

Time is your most precious asset, and you’ll find you get better use of your time when you invest it in activities that lead you forward on your life’s path, rather than in the habits revealed by items on your Stop Do list — items that distract you and waste your time!

This makes sense, doesn’t it?

When you implement this, you’ll soon find out that it makes sense BIG TIME.

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