Welcome back to the time management tools series. We are developing skills to become masters of our time. So that we can do more, successfully. We’ve talked about setting a value to your time so that you can do more in your day, which you can read about here.
If you have probably heard the next advice before, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s the stepping stone to developing your time management tools. Please do not skip this next step: set priorities.
If you do not know what task is the most important then you will waste your time. As mentioned in our previous post – assign a value to each activity that you want to get done. By establishing a value to each task then you know which one to tackle first and which one can wait.
When you have a full to-do list people tend to put their faces down and get to work. Majority of people do not look up to see which tasks can be done quickly, which ones are more important. So you have tendency to get side tracked by the minute stuff.
By taking a few minutes each day to evaluate your activities then you make a powerful to-do list.
By creating a to-do list you are making a map for your day that you can follow. Try to pick at least three things that you want to get done each day. Tackle them and then move on to the lesser important tasks. If you try to spread yourself too thin with too many tasks then you won’t actually get anything fully completed.
Three tasks. That’s manageable and not overwhelming. If you would like to read the first post in our series, take a look at it here.