But that's just me...
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Editor, IMC Connector
I know, I
know... we're all busy, right?
I don't know,
I just know that I am, and it's been hard to keep up. A couple of new clients,
some needy prior ones (don't you hate those??), a newsletter to write (not this
one, another one), and then throw in some IMC activities at the local level
plus this golsh-danged newsletter, and I've been busier than a one-armed
Or maybe I
just wanted to use the "one-armed paper-hanger" comment in the newsletter
So, what can
we do to better manage our workday, to free up time for what’s important to our
life? This is a constant challenge for me as a small business
owner, and for my clients. I have some things that work for me...
ugly early... Pick the biggest, baddest task on your list (you DO have a
list, right?), and knock it out first. Ignore the pain; bodybuilders tell us
"no pain, no gain,” and it applies to work priorities as well. Knock out the
hard stuff first.
lists? Speaking of lists... make sure you have at least two.
One for "all things I must do sometime,” and one for today. And
make the one for today actually do-able. You are infinitely better off mentally
to complete four out of four tasks that day, then to only complete four of nine.
The completion is the same; your mental state is better.
not perfection. Perfection is great if you’re doing brain surgery or
dropping atomic bombs. For the rest of us, it’s an added level of effort
we can’t afford. We want a task done successfully, not perfectly. Don’t
waste half your day on rewrites, trivial edits, or consternations about what
you could do better.
prioritization and successful time management (if there is such a thing) is
mostly about discipline. Decide you’re going to do it, set a timeframe
for it, and "git-r-done.” Reward yourself handsomely for accomplishments.