Have you ever reached the end of the day and wondered what happened to your time management?
Here’s the big mistake that most people make that leads to not much being accomplished.
And I speak from experience…First thing in the morning, what do you do? You log onto your computer or check your voicemail.
Because pretty soon you’re answering one email, and then another and then another. Pretty soon it’s ten o’clock and your plan for the day has gone right out window and things are spiraling out of control. – and while you’re feeling productive in most cases it’s wasting your time.
If your only job is answering emails that’s one thing, but most people have larger tasks they need to accomplish and if you want to get these done, you need to set aside time to do them and do them first.
You can always answer those emails later in the day, once you’ve taken care of the truly important task, like planning your next product or figuring our your marketing strategy.
Here’s an alternative way of starting your day, one that can improve your time management double or triple your productivity.
Instead of diving into those emails first thing, make a list of what you want to accomplish for the day. Then prioritize it. Note how much time you think each task will take and make a plan for the day.
Your plan might look like the following:
8-9am write blog post
9-10am research joint venture partners
10-11am record audio tutorial
11-12am answer emails
The simple concept is that if you take control of your time, you’ll be far more productive than if you just respond to what shows up in your email box, on your phone or walks in the door.
On average, just by making a plan for the day, setting goals, and working your plan, you’ll get your work done in 25% less time, freeing up 2 hours a day to get more work done, if you’re so inclined or leave early and go for a walk, hang out with your family or whatever you want.
Give it a try and let me know how this time management tip works for you.