TIPS AND TOOLS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF WORK AND LIFE
TIP: PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE
Each night, find a quiet place that's free from interruptions and carve out about ten minutes to plan the following day.
You'll find that you'll sleep better, feel less pressure when you wake up, and be more productive throughout the day.
gives decision makers more time to think!
When you spend the right amount of time thinking and less time focused on tactical activities and/or reacting, you make better decisions, avoid costly mistakes, identify and create opportunities faster and more accurately, complete more Wildly Successful Projects, and move your organization, career, and your personal life ahead by leaps and bounds.
THINKING IS YOUR ULTIMATE JOB, AND PRIORITY MANAGEMENT ENABLES YOU TO MORE EFFECTIVELY DELIVER GOOD DECISIONS BACK TO YOUR ORGANIZATION.
Excerpted from Paid to THINK: A Leader's Toolkit for Redefining Your Future
MANAGE YOUR PRIORITIES,
not your time...
because "managing time"' is a phrase but not something you can actually do--have you ever tried to move Monday to Thursday and midnight to noon?
or your tasks...
because traditional "time management" tools do not prioritize your responsibilities by importance, leaving you at risk for reacting as the minutes of each day tick by.
Change your mindset and you can change your life.
PRINCIPLES OF PRIORITY MANAGEMENT
SCHEDULE 60% OF YOUR DAY
with priorities and leave the rest open for
additional items that
are bound to creep
into your day
INTEND TO FINISH ALL ACTIVITIES
if it's on your planner,
then it must be of
high enough importance
to be completed
avoid the constant running lists
that flow from one day to the next
WORK THE PLAN
IF YOU WANT THE PLAN TO WORK FOR YOU
refer to the plan often,
as you would map or GPS
and check items off items as you complete them
PLAN YOUR LIFE AS YOU DO YOUR WORK!
The balance between life and work becomes more achievable
when you schedule personal priorities into your daily planner.
Check out our GOAL SETTING resource to
put your aspirations back onto your radar,
then tend to them daily!
Let's do this!
1. List the items you need to address for tomorrow. Don't worry if your planner doesn't look exactly like this sample.
2. Place each into one of two categories (see far left).
Category A - Top priority, needs to be done.
Category B - Important, but not earth shatteringly so.
3. Number your A items in order of importance beginning with A-1 for most important, then A-2, A-3, and so on.
Do the same for all items in category B.
4. In the far left columns, both A and B, write the amount of time you are allotting for the completion of each item.
Tally each column and make sure the total does not exceed 60% of your day.
5. When you begin your day tomorrow, start with item A-1. Complete the item and move onto A-2 and so on.
After completing all of your A's, move onto your B's in
the same fashion: B-1, B-2, etc.